Records Officer Spotlight: Kendra Yates

Renée Wilson Records Management, Records Officer Spotlights Leave a Comment

Many records officers throughout the state recognize or have worked with Kendra Yates, the Chief Records Officer for the state of Utah. Kendra is an integral part in everything that happens at Utah State Archives and Records Service (“Archives”), so I invited her to an interview to learn more about her. Kendra’s Multiple Roles Since 2015, Kendra has been the …

A Day to Honor Our Veterans

Lauren Katz News and Events Leave a Comment

On this Veterans Day, we want to thank those who have served in our armed services. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially …

Utah’s Road to Statehood: The Finish Line

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research Leave a Comment

In 1894, Congress voted to invite Utah into the Union. President Grover Cleveland signed the Enabling Act, which allowed Utah to officially form a Constitutional Convention. Utahns moved with enthusiasm as they had been waiting for the opportunity to become a state for decades. They held an election to choose the delegates and convened the convention in March of 1895. …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: October 2021

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during October 2021: Inventory of Arts Division This is the Place slide show from Centennial Commission (1947), 1947. Inventory of Capitol dome copper souvenir from Division of Facilities Construction and Management, 1981. Inventory of Capitol projects and events photographs from Division of Facilities Construction …

Uncovering History: Dr. William D. Reeve Through The Years

Lauren Katz Digital Archives, Research

This blog post was written by Eric Schubert, a 2021 Intern at the Utah State Archives and Records Service. He is a junior at Elizabethtown College and working on his history and political science degree. In today’s day and age, various historical databases can tell us so much about the lives of those who lived before us. By picking a record …

Utah State Archives Named Best State Website for Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is proud to announce that our Name Indexes site was chosen as one of the 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine! This is an annual list published to provide readers with the best state-specific online resources for researching their ancestors. This year’s list has been expanded to include valuable …

Highlights with Heidi: Research Archivist at Utah State Archives & Records Service

Highlights with Heidi: Old Dirt!

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

Recently, a patron was reviewing water rights files from the 4th District Court for Utah County (Series 14435 – Civil Case Files, 1896-1958) when she discovered a sealed envelope of dirt or seeds in case #4076, Draper v. Draper. Being the curious archivist that she is, Heidi opened the envelope to discover the mystery material was indeed DIRT! Unfortunately, there …

Reflections From the Past: Smallpox in Turn-of-the-Century Utah

Heidi Steed Digital Archives, History, Research

Dr. Hubert F. Andrews had just graduated from the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons when he settled in Gunnison, Utah, in the summer of 1899, taking a job as a Sanpete County quarantine doctor. A year earlier in 1898, Utah’s State Board of Health directed local governments to form their own health boards to oversee the diagnosis of contagious …