Tommy G. Thompson Archives Now Available Online
Released: April 17, 2006
MILWAUKEE – Nearly 500 photographs and 140 speeches from the career of Tommy G. Thompson, former Wisconsin governor and secretary of the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services, are now available online through the Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries.
The majority of photographs now online chronicle his tenure as the longest serving governor in Wisconsin history (1987-2001). Events portrayed include state-of-the-state addresses, foreign trade missions, groundbreakings, political rallies, and Thompson's celebrated Harley-Davidson riding tours. Links to 140 of the governor's speeches allow visitors to read remarks prepared for the specific events depicted.
The digitized photographs and speeches represent a small portion of the entire Tommy G. Thompson Collection located at John P. Raynor, S.J., Library at Marquette. Archivists in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives have embarked on a four-year plan to process the textual, audiovisual, and memorabilia material donated to Marquette University by Governor Thompson. To date, more than 4,000 speeches and 15,000 photographs have been inventoried, as well as 250 audiocassettes and 300 videocassettes. Other processed portions of the collection include election campaign files and budget materials. In 2005, Thompson donated additional materials documenting his service as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the first administration of President George W. Bush.
Digitization and processing of this collection have been made possible by a grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
In addition to the online collection, visitors may view the full Thompson collection in person by visiting the Raynor Library. Parts of the collection remain closed for processing. For more information on viewing the collection in person, please contact archivist William Fliss at (414) 288-5906.
The Tommy G. Thompson Center for Excellence in Education at the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library recognizes the nationally significant contributions made by the former governor in education reform.
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