RG 043 Governor

    Records in this record group document the functions and responsibilities of the Office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and date from Iowas first territorial Governor, Robert Lucas (1838-1841) through Governor Chet Culver (2007-2011). The only exception is Harold E. Hughes (1963_1969). Our records for Gov. Hughes include only two series, Executive Journals and Consecutive Registers, the remainder of his gubernatorial papers are at the State University of Iowa. Two examples of records series unique to a single governorship are Gov. William L. Hardings Council of Defense records from World War I and Gov. Robert D. Rays records of Refugee Programs, following the Viet Nam War. Prior to 1911, most records from the governors office are organized by record series and then by date. Beginning with Gov. Beryl F. Carroll in 1911, nearly all record series are arranged by governor, and then by record series and date. There are related records for some Iowa governors located in the State Historical Society of Iowas Manuscripts and Audio-Visual Collections. The following is partial list of holdings in the State Archives. Contact the Research Center, in Des Moines, for more detailed information on Governors records.

    GeneralDate Span
    American Revolution Bicentennial 1971-1978
    Council of Defense 1917-1921
    Original Filings of Rules 1997-2006
    Proceedings of the Vicksburg Monument Commission 1902-1912
    Refugee Programs 1976-1982
    Trade and Trade Missions (See also: Departmental and Subject Files) 1970-1982
    AppointmentsDate Span
    Appointments - Judicial 1947-2010
    Appointments - Military 1840-1910
    Appointments - Notarial 1839-1912
    Appointments - Special Commissions 1846-1920
    Appointments - State Offices, Boards and Departments 1847-2010
    Executive Journals 1859-2006
    Communication/MediaDate Span
    Appearances - Accepted and Declined 1969-2011
    News Summaries/Newspaper Clippings 1974-1983, 1999-2007
    Press Releases (See also: Departmental and Subject Files 1913-1968) 1969-2010
    Speeches (See also: Departmental and Subject Files 1913-1968) 1969-2011
    CorrespondenceDate Span
    Correspondence - Constituent 1969-2010
    Correspondence - Constituent Subject/Issue Files 1963-2010
    Correspondence - Executive and General 1838-2010
    Correspondence - Military 1839-1910
    Correspondence - Reports, State Boards, Departments and Offices 1917-1921, 1925-1931
    Correspondence - State Institutions (See also: Departmental and Subject Files) 1838-1920
    Correspondence - State Offices, Boards and Departments 1838-1931
    Letter Books 1864-1902
    Letter Books - General 1900-1917
    Letter Books - Military Record 1861-1867
    Letter Book - Telegram 1902-1908
    CommissionsDate Span
    Commissions - Notarial Register 1858-1966
    Commissions - Military 1840-1998
    Executive Journals 1859-2006
    Criminal RecordsDate Span
    Applications for Executive Clemency 1945-2004
    Applications for Restorations of Right to Firearms (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1978-1998
    Commutation Record 1898-1932
    Commutations (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1913-2001
    Consecutive Registers 1867-1960
    Correspondence - Criminal 1847-1998
    Criminal Records (Misc.) 1847-1850, 1869-1906
    Executive Clemency Journals (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1934-2007
    Extraditions and Requisitions (See also: Letter Books - Requisitions) 1838-2009
    Extraditions - Waivers 1969-2008
    Life Inmate Files 1915-2011
    Final Discharges (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1938-1968
    Final Discharge Record 1908-1938
    Letter Books - Criminal 1898-1909
    Letter Books - Criminal - Pardon Clerk 1914-1916
    Letter Books - Requisitions 1900-1909
    Parole Record 1902-1904
    Pardon Record 1876-1934
    Pardons (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1913-2004
    Remission Record 1906-1932
    Remissions of Fines (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1913-2004
    Restoration of Citizenship Journals 1951-2009
    Resorations of Citizenship (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1933-2004
    Suspended Sentences (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency) 1913-1962
    Suspension Record - Suspensions and Pardons (See also: Applications for Executive Clemency, Pardon Record, Pardons, Suspended Sentences) 1888-1937
    Departmental and Subject FilesDate Span
    Departmental and Subject Files 1932-2010
    Executive JournalsDate Span
    Executive Journals 1859-2006
    Executive Journals - Source Material 1949-1956, 1969-1982
    Executive Journals - Indian Affairs 1838-1846
    Executive Orders (See: Executive Journals 1859-2006)
    Organizations and AssociationsDate Span
    Council of State Governments 1943-1945, 1968-1982
    Education Commission of the States 1968-1982
    Governors Associations (Democratic and Republican) 1969-1982
    Midwestern Governors Association 1969-1982
    National Governors Association 1969-1982
    ProclamationsDate Span
    Proclamations (See also: Department and Subject Files and Executive Journals) 1997-2011
    ReportsDate Span
    Annual/Biennial Reports 1910-2011
    Reports of County Officers 1838-1910
    Reports of Railroads 1852-1904
    Reports of Special Commissions 1838-1998
    Reports of State Officers, Boards and Departments 1838-1916
    Reports of State Institutions (See also: Departmental and Subject Files) 1840-1962
    Special Committees, Councils, and Task ForcesDate Span
    Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Iowas Commission for the Blind 1972-1978
    Governors Committee of Economy 1969-1982
    Governors Conference on the Year 2000 (Iowa 2000) 1974-1979
    Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 1970-1982
    Privacy Task Force 1978-1979
    State Land PatentsDate Span
    Executive Journals 1859-2006
    Executive Journals Source Material (See also: Departmental and Subject Files) 1949-1956, 1969-1982

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