Preserving Utah’s Historic Buildings, Then and Now

Alan Barnett History Leave a Comment

We typically think of black and white or warm sepia-toned prints when we think of historical photographs. But color photography has been around long enough for color images to be considered historical as well. The Utah State Archives recently received a collection of over 30,000 35mm color slides from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, a state agency that assists …

Digital Archivist Wins 2022 CIMA Service Award

Lauren Katz News and Events Leave a Comment

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is pleased to announce that Gina Strack, Digital Archives Program Manager, has been honored with the 2022 CIMA Service Award from the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), an association of archivist, conservators, historians, and archival professionals from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and New Mexico. The CIMA Service Award is given to an …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: April 2022

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during April 2022: Inventory of Administrative records from Clarkston (Utah), 1933-1983 Inventory of Bond records from Clarkston (Utah), 1942-1967 Inventory of Cemetery records from Clarkston (Utah), 1891-2022 Inventory of Financial records from Clarkston (Utah), 1941-1984 Inventory of Land Use & Development Management Commission minutes …

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Utah History Day 2022: History in Government Winners

Lauren Katz History, News and Events, Research

Every year in April, students across the state, from grades 4-12, embark on a research project for Utah History Day, part of the larger National History Day contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research in libraries, archives, and museums. The final projects are presented in one of five ways: an exhibit, …

2022 Legislative Updates to GRAMA

Rebekkah Shaw GRAMA, Open Government

In the 2022 session, the Utah Legislature made several updates to the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). Here are the highlights.  Representative Dan Johnson sponsored House Bill 96 which contains two significant changes. First, it defines a media representative as “a person who requests a record to obtain information for a story or report for publication or broadcast …

New Discoveries in the Archives: A Question of Self-Defense

Guest Author History

This blog post was written by McKenzie Wood, a 2022 AS-L Outreach Intern at the Utah State Archives and Records Service. She is in her master’s program for Library and Information Science at St. John’s University in Queens, New York and is particularly interested in criminal justice. On September 9, 1891, Adolf F. Kohler was shot and killed by local …

Happy Retirement, Julie!

Lauren Katz News and Events

This month we said goodbye to Julie Talbot-Maesta after 35 years of public service at the Utah State Archives. Her hard work and attention to detail have been invaluable to the institution. As a Reformatting Specialist, Julie spent time working on a massive inventory project at the Records Center in Clearfield. Most recently, she completed the digitization of the Criminal …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: March 2022

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during March 2022: Inventory of Council minutes from Clarkston (Utah), 1901-1925, 1938-1941, 1986-2019 Inventory of Prisoner card name index from State Prison, 1896-2002 In addition, the following were updated: Inventory of Alien enemy registration forms from Davis County (Utah). County Sheriff, 1940-1945 Inventory of …

ARO Spotlight: Brooke Smith and the Murray City Records Clean Up Project

Heidi Steed Records Officer Spotlights

Here at the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service we seek to support government agencies throughout the whole records lifecycle: from records creation, through use and access, from records storage, to destruction and preservation. So when we see a great records management project, we want to celebrate! Murray City recently shared news of their latest records clean-up project with …

Caroline Pace: The First Women Elected in Spanish Fork City

Heidi Steed History, News and Events

I first encountered Caroline Pace while sorting through a box of records labeled ‘old stuff.’ Spanish Fork City had transferred the box to the State Archives with many other historical records. However, unlike the other meticulously identified records, this particular box was unruly. The box was full of hundreds of tightly rolled and folded pieces of paper that were difficult …