Wis. state records destroyed by mistake

March 16, 2004 at 1:23 PM
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MADISON, Wis., March 16 (UPI) -- Hundreds of boxes of records from ex-Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's administration were put on the wrong truck and mistakenly destroyed, officials said.

Thompson served as governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2002 when he joined the Bush administration as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Thompson administration records were supposed to be shipped from a state warehouse to the Wisconsin Historical Society but ended up on the wrong truck. The records were pulped at a Green Bay paper mill.

About 100 boxes of material were from the governor's office and the rest from state agencies. The historical importance of the records was not determined.

Thompson donated his private papers to Marquette University.

"We think a lot of the governor's records were records on extraditions and executive clemency," a spokesman for Gov. Jim Doyle said. "But it looks like the vast majority are constitute correspondence."

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