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Executive Journal

Executive Journal

Documents representing official acts of the Governor are entered into the Executive Journal. Historically this was a large set of bound volumes documenting the actions of every governor since 1863. Many of the books are housed in a vault in the Secretary of State's Office. The original entries in the old volumes are written in the careful, flowing script of the time.

The modern volumes retain the bound book format, but the entries are printed from a computer. All of the entries, however, bear the signature of the Governor and the Secretary of State.

Today, the entries in the Executive Journal are maintained in a database with images of each document. The original documents are labeled and stored.

Many of these documents are available online by using the Executive Journal Search.


Select a tab for more details about the types of documents which are recorded in the Executive Journal:


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