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TOMMY G. THOMPSON COLLECTION

MEMORABILIA
PRE-GUBERNATORIAL, 1969-1986, undated


The memorabilia items listed below date from the period before Tommy G. Thompson was elected Governor of Wisconsin. They are arranged chronologically by type of item.  Some pieces could not be dated with any degree of precision and are therefore marked as undated (undated); however, all are believed to have entered Thompson's possession at some point prior to his first gubernatorial victory in November 1986.

Each piece of memorabilia has been assigned a unique identification number (MU ID#) by the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Some of the items, though not all, had received an original identifier from Thompson's staff before being sent to Marquette University. This earlier identification number appears in the Notes field.

 Plaques &Certificates            Prints & Framed Works            3-D Objects            Textiles

 

Plaques & Certificates


Item Type:  Certificate
Donor:  TGT
Date:  August 24, 1973
MU ID#:  563
MU Box#: 73

Description:  Certificate from U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School certifying that Thompson completed the Military Justice Course.

Notes:


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  N/A
Date:  1975
MU ID#:  551
MU Box#: 32

Description:  Wisconsin-shaped plaque of wood and metal presented to Thompson for "your dedicated leadership as Assembly Assistant Republican Floor Leader 1973-1975."

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1975-00-823


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  N/A
Date:  1980
MU ID#:  514
MU Box#: 12

Description: Wooden plaque with laminated $10 bill attached.  Message reads "Tommy, Our Assistant Republican Minority Leader Best Known As Our Big Buck Collector 1979-1980"

Notes: TGT Staff Code #1980-00-149


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)
Date:  1985
MU ID#:  557
MU Box#: 12

Description: Plaque made of wood and red metal in appreciation to Thompson for serving as member of WHEDA.

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1985-00-646


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  Income Property Owners Association
Date:  1985
MU ID#:  513
MU Box#: 17

Description:  Plaque made of wood and metal presented to Thompson "with sincere appreciation."

Notes: TGT Staff Code #1985-00-768


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  Republican Caucus
Date:  1985
MU ID#:  553
MU Box#: 12

Description: Wisconsin shaped plaque made of wood and metal with inscription "Many Thanks! The Republican Caucus 1983-1985"

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1985-00-323


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  Milwaukee Apartment Association
Date:  1986
MU ID#:  552
MU Box#: 17

Description:  Legislator of the Year Award recognizing Thompson's efforts on behalf of the state's rental housing industry; Wisconsin shaped plaque made of wood and metal.

Notes: TGT Staff Code #1986-00-336


Item Type:  Certificate
Donor:  Madison Magazine
Date: 1986
MU ID#:  556
MU Box#: 73

Description:  Best of Madison Award -- Best Legislator 1986, according to a poll of Madison Magazine's readers.

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1986-00-433


Item Type:  Plaque
Donor:  TGT
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  561
MU Box#: 12

Description:  Wood and metal plaque with quotation from Thomas Jefferson about virtue of economy and danger of public debt.

Notes:  Believed to date from his pre-gubernatorial career.

 

Prints & Framed Works


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor: TGT
Date:  1969
MU ID#: 580
MU Box#: 67

Description: Framed print showing individual photographs of members of Wisconsin State Assembly.

Notes: Appear to be same thumbnail portraits as in the Wisconsin Blue Book.


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor: TGT
Date:  1981
MU ID#: 580
MU Box#: 67

Description: Framed print showing individual photographs of members of Wisconsin State Assembly.

Notes: Appear to be same thumbnail portraits as in the Wisconsin Blue Book.


Item Type: Framed Work
Donor: Gerald J. Ferwerda, Executive Secretary of Elections Board
Date: January 12, 1982
MU ID#:  577
MU Box#: 73

Description: Framed certificate from State Election Board certifying Thompson's election to State Assembly in 1982.

Notes:


Item Type:  Print
Donor:  TGT
Date: 1983
MU ID#:  579
MU Box#: 67

Description:  Unframed print showing individual photographs of members of Wisconsin State Assembly.

Notes:  Appear to be same thumbnail portraits as in the Wisconsin Blue Book.


Item Type: Framed Work
Donor:  AT&T
Date:  June 1985
MU ID#:  767
MU Box#: 102

Description: Three framed medals commemorating the inaugural Badger State Games.

Notes: TGT Staff Code #1985-06-316


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor:  Loren Anderson
Date:  November 19, 1985
MU ID#:  756
MU Box#: 80

Description:  Collage of photographs and newspaper clippings from the World Musky Hunt that Thompson attended in Minoqua, WI on August 23-25, 1985.

Notes:  Birthday gift


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor:  Dave Constantine
Date:  1985
MU ID#:  768
MU Box#: 93

Description: Painting of 2 ducks (Limited 411/500); on matte is handwritten note, "To one of our Great State Leaders."

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1985-00-293


Item Type:  Print
Donor:  Madison Magazine
Date: 1985
MU ID#:  565
MU Box#: 73

Description: Best of Madison Award -- Best Legislator 1985, according to poll of Madison Magazine's readers.

Notes:


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor:  Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA)
Date:  March 26, 1986
MU ID#:  554
MU Box#: 17

Description:  Framed B/W photograph of Thompson in the Speaker's chair in the State Assembly chamber; label reads, "Journal of the Assembly [March 26, 1986] Representative T. Thompson in the chair.

Notes:


Item Type: Framed Work
Donor:  Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association
Date:  June 1, 1986
MU ID#:  469
MU Box#: 12

Description: Framed certificate recognizing Representative Tommy Thompson as "A Statesman for Law Enforcement."

Notes: TGT Staff Code #1986-06-331


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor:  Wisconsin Assembly (?)
Date:  ca. 1986
MU ID#:  550
MU Box#: 17

Description:  Framed wooden gavel set into a red felt backing with the State Assembly seal. Gold label plate cites Thompson's service as representative, floor leader, and assistant leader.

Notes:


Item Type:  Framed Work
Donor:  Barry Goldwater (?)
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  248
MU Box#: 27

Description:  Autographed, framed photograph of Barry Goldwater.

Notes: TGT Staff Code #0000-00-659

 

3-Dimensional Objects


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: 1964
MU ID#: 1541
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "Go with Goldwater and Miller in '64"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: ca. 1973
MU ID#: 1542
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "McGovern DOWN Lucey TO GO"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: 1976
MU ID#: 1538
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "REAGAN '76"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: 1976
MU ID#: 1539
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "Committed to President Ford"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: 1976
MU ID#: 1540
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "President Ford"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  Ford, H. M. (?)
Date: 1978
MU ID#: 742
MU Box#: 42

Description:  Wisconsin state seal carved from large wooden block; signature on bottom right reads, "H. M. Ford, 1978"

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #0000-00-397


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: 1980
MU ID#: 1543
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Nametag button from Republican National Convention -- "1980 Reagan Delegate Tommy Thompson"

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Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date: 1982
MU ID#: 1555
MU Box#: 105

Description:  Button -- "World Champions Milwaukee Brewers 1982"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  TGT
Date:  April 11, 1984
MU ID#:  575
MU Box#: 25

Description:  Small green and white funeral card for Thompson's mother, Julia Ellen Thompson. "Born March 18, 1908; Born into Eternal Life April 11, 1984."

Notes:


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  TGT
Date:  1984
MU ID#:  1536
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "REAGAN BUSH '84"

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Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  TGT
Date:  1984
MU ID#:  1544
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Nametag button from Republican National Convention -- "1984 Reagan Delegate Tommy Thompson"

Notes:


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor:  Ronald Reagan and George Bush
Date: January 20, 1985
MU ID#: 559
MU Box#: 25

Description: Small bronze medallion received at inauguration of Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1985-01-987


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor: Wisconsin State Republican Party
Date:  1985
MU ID#: 558
MU Box#: 92

Description:  Wooden block with wooden gavel; label reads "Rep. Tommy Thompson Permanent Chairman 1985 GOP Convention."

Notes:  TGT Staff Code #1985-00-974


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor: N/A
Date:  1986
MU ID#: 1523
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "Thompson for Wisconsin"

Notes: 


Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor: N/A
Date:  1986
MU ID#: 1525
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "It's Time for Thompson. Republican State Convention 1986"

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Item Type: 3-D Object
Donor: N/A
Date:  1986
MU ID#: 1527
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "Happiness is a New Governor"

Notes: 


Item Type:  3-D Object
Donor:  TGT
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  564
MU Box#: 15

Description: Brown paper bag with image of pumpkin and words "Re-elect Tommy Thompson for Assembly." On reverse side is handwritten note to Thompson from his younger daughter, Tommi.

Notes:


Item Type:  3-D Object
Donor: P L & P
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  549
MU Box#: 29

Description:  White hard hat with label "Representative Tommy Thompson"

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Item Type:  3-D Object
Donor: N/A
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  1537
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Political campaign button -- "Reagan Bush"

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Item Type:  3-D Object
Donor: N/A
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  1549
MU Box#: 103

Description:  Button -- "Legalize GRAFT GREED and CORRUPTION. VOTE DEMOCRAT."

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Item Type:  3-D Object
Donor:  N/A
Date:  undated
MU ID#:  371
MU Box#: 25

Description:  Lapel pin saying "Our Lives Begin in '40, GOP"

Notes:  Antique pin from Roosevelt/Wilke election in 1940; how it came into Thompson's possession is unknown.

 

 

Textiles


Item Type: Textile
Donor:  N/A
Date:  ca. 1986
MU ID#: 521
MU Box#: 54

Description:  Blue and white baseball cap labeled "Thompson For Wisconsin"

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