Goodbye to Archives Month

Lauren Katz News and Events, Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the Utah Archives Month theme of water! Here are some of our favorite moments from October:

Our friends at Utah State History hosted the 70th annual Utah State Historical Society conference with the theme of “Water at the Confluence of Past and Future”. In addition to our State Archives table, we also had a special water maps display curated by Mahala Ruddell and Lisa Barr. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Also at the conference, we presented a Utah Archives Month themed session, “At the Source: How to Find Water Resources in the Archives.” Historians from Utah State History, State Archives, BYU Library, and the Uintah County Regional History Center showcased collections that relate to water and discussed how to find these and other relevant records in their holdings.

The Great Salt Fake?? That’s right! This famous photo of bathers floating in the Great Salt Lake might not be all that it appears to be! Learn more about early photo editing in a blog by Heidi Steed (our Local Government Records and Information Management Specialist) as she dives into the records to tell the history of this famous photo in this blog post:

October 2022 was officially named Utah Archives Month! In his proclamation, Governor Cox declared, “through these records, future generations of Utahns and others can more accurately study and learn from the past, discover personal and family history, understand communal place, confirm rights, and maintain laws, while celebrating the history of our State.”

Although Archives Month is over, the Utah Archives Month website is still live! Dip your toes into the history of water by exploring the digital exhibits and primary sources we’ve gathered on the website!