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USHRAB’s 2024 Grant Funding Round is Here!

Lauren Katz Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) is awarding grants of up to $7,500 to cultural heritage organizations, non-profits, and government institutions who undertake time-limited archival projects. USHRAB grants fund projects that preserve and/or provide access to historical records that reflect Utah’s diverse populations and histories. To date, USHRAB has awarded more than $400,000 in grant funding for Utah-based …

Meet the New USHRAB Members

Genesie Miller Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) is made up of professionals from around the state who have experience in the management, preservation, and care of historical records. Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms, each bringing their own expertise to the group and acting as a regional representative from all of Utah’s far-flung corners. …

Second District Court Civil registers of actions from 1895 to 1938.

New Finding Aids at the Archives: January 2024

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during January 2024: Inventory of Lester Wire collection from Dept. of Transportation. Central Records Section, 1888-1982 Inventory of Records from Dern, George Henry, 1872-1936 Inventory of Naturalization Record from District Court (Second District : Morgan County), 1903- Inventory of Civil registers of actions from …

Val at the Archives in 1988

Remembering Val Wilson

Jim Kichas News and Events

Our hearts are hurting as we received word that Val Wilson, a former colleague and friend to many of us at the State Archives, passed away last month.  Val began his career at the State Archives in 1969 and remained on staff until his retirement in 2005—over 36 years! Val was an excellent reference archivist and had an incredible working …

Photo of the front of the USBE building with the USBE logo on top as well as a photo of

ARO Spotlight: Utah State Board of Education

Maren Peterson Records Officer Spotlights

Being a records officer for a government agency is a tough job, especially for a large entity like the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). This month, we’re highlighting Ben Rasmussen, USBE’s appointed records officer and Director of Law and Professional Practices, for all the hard work he does. USBE is in the middle of a big project to clean …

Evidence of a Lost Architectural and Artistic Landmark: Salt Lake Technical High School

Alan Barnett History

After the Salt Lake High School was established in 1890, it operated in a number of different locations before settling into the former home of the University of Deseret, located on the present-day site of West High School. In 1912, a building was completed on the west side of the same block to house the companion Technical High School, which …

Meet the Spring 2024 Interns

Lauren Katz News and Events

We kicked off 2024 with a new round of interns! Let’s get to know our newest cohort… Austen Bergstrom recently graduated from Utah State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. This fall, he plans on pursuing his master’s degree in history. As in-office intern, Austen will have the chance to work with our Reference & Access Program …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: December 2023

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during December 2023: Inventory of Arthur L. Flandro Records from Board of Pardons, 1952-1963 Inventory of Automobile fatalities records from Department of Public Safety, 1934-2008 The following series inventories were also updated: Inventory of Annual reports from Board of Education, 1864- Inventory of Photographs …

Utah State Archives and Records Service, Utah Spaceport Committee, Reports, Series 1255.

Highlights with Heidi: Utah’s Spaceport

Heidi Stringham History, Research

The recent successful landing of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the Utah Test and Training Range in the West Desert near Dugway created a lot of excitement! But did you know that spacecraft landings in Utah’s deserts could have been a regular occurrence had history played out just a little differently? In 1971, Utah State Senators Ralph Preece, Karl G. Swan, and …