Branstad announces plans for ex-governor’s papers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says the state will partner with Drake University to make Gov. Robert Ray’s papers more accessible to the public.

Branstad announced the collaboration Tuesday afternoon at the State Historical Museum. Drake, a private Des Moines university, will be responsible for digitizing the documents and the state will loan a portion of the papers to the university.

The State Archives has more than 1,000 boxes of papers that span Ray’s 14 years in office, as well as personal papers from after he left office.

Ray, a Republican, served as governor from 1969 through 1983. The Drake graduate says the records “belong to everybody, not just the governor.”

Branstad served as lieutenant governor during Ray’s final term in office and succeeded him in office.

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