USHRAB Grant Projects Place Newspapers Online

Janell Tuttle Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) is pleased to highlight grant projects recently completed by the Springville Historical Society and the Uintah County Library Regional History Center. Both institutions worked closely with the University of Utah Marriott Library to complete their projects.

Art City Pharmacy ad page from Springville Herald on January 18, 1973

Art City Pharmacy Ad, Springville Herald, January 18, 1973

The Springville Historical Society project involved the digitization of the Springville Herald newspapers from 1970-2008. The USHRAB grant helped the Springville Historical Society to accomplish its goal of having all available physical copies of the community newspaper digitized and placed online through Utah Digital Newspapers. With the completion of this project the public can search articles from the Springville Herald from 1924-2008.

Front page from Vernal Express January 2, 1985

Vernal Express, January 2, 1985

The Uintah County Library Regional History Center project added 36,987 pages of the Vernal Express to the Utah Digital Newspapers website. This project focused on the years of 1983-2008. With this grant and previous digitization efforts the years of 1892-2008 are available online. This project benefits the public by increasing access to the Vernal Express and by placing these digital files with those of other Utah newspapers to allow research to a variety of topics.

The USHRAB is staffed by the State Archives and assists both public and private nonprofit organizations in the preservation of their historical records. Grants are available to regional and local repositories and other nonprofit cultural heritage organizations. Projects focus on the care, preservation, and access to Utah’s historical records. The grant program has been active for the past 10 years and has awarded $205,000 to over 100 applicants from cultural heritage institutions. Grant projects focus on increased preservation and access to Utah’s historical records. The USHRAB’s re-grant program is funded through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. For more information on the USHRAB and its grant program, visit the Archives website.

To view other completed grant projects see the blog post on the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museums.