This collection consists of information and archival finding aids related to each gubernatorial administration beginning with the state’s first governor Charles N. Haskell (1907-1911) and ending with the administration of Frank Keating (1994-2003).
Archivists at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries are currently working on adding information from the Brad Henry administration (2003-2010).
Housed in the Oklahoma State Archives, the records of the Office of the Governor contains the official papers relating to the principal and appointive powers and responsibilities of the Governor of Oklahoma.
The records include administrative files, legislative files, pardon and parole records, various correspondence, appointment files, governors’ addresses, state finance reports, reports from state agencies and institutions, records pertaining to membership on various boards and commissions, press releases, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc.
The records of Oklahoma’s governors are a tremendous research collection because of the unique perspective they provide. Researchers can gain insight into each governor’s thoughts, writing style, and priorities.The records of each governor’s administration reflect numerous political, social, economic and global issues.With that in mind, the governor is not only the chief executive officer of the state, but also a representative of Oklahoma’s history.