The Great Salt Fake

Heidi Steed History, Research

A copy of a black and white photo of the Saltair sits above my Grandma’s desk. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid. Her father claimed to be one of the bathers featured in the center of the picture perched upon a floating tub. He’s surrounded by a group of men and women, frolicking in their old-timey …

Utah’s Emerging Record-keepers: Sydney Dahle, Cache County Deputy Clerk

Heidi Steed Records Management, Records Officer Spotlights

Sydney Dahle started as a deputy clerk in the Cache County Clerk’s office in 2021, and is assigned to work as the county’s official record-keeper. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Sydney moved to Utah to attend Utah State University. Sydney has an interest in preserving history and helping people access government records, and recently graduated with degrees in history and …

Create a Basic Retention Schedule in 5 Steps

Heidi Steed Guidelines, Records Management

Records retention is simply a practice by which an organization maintains their records for set lengths of time, and systems in which they use to either redirect, store, or dispose of those records. The records retention schedule is the policy which guides this practice, by clearly defining how long a record must be kept and the guidelines for how records …

Preparing to Set Out On the Records Management Trail

Heidi Steed Guidelines, Records Management

Howdy! Looks like you are getting ready to depart on a records management journey. The road to a good records management program will require endurance, patience and perseverance. Here are 5 things to prepare for before you hit the trail:  1. Determine your destination: You will want to determine your destination by setting records management goals. Do you want to …

ARO Spotlight: Mandy McClellan – Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Heidi Steed Records Officer Spotlights

The Central Utah Water Conservancy District manages a vast network of water facilities in eight Utah counties. Recordkeeping for this vital resource is of the utmost importance to the organization. Records Manager Mandy McClellan offers up some insight into her role and advice for other recordkeepers.  Tell us how you got your start in records management? Is this a career …

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 …

Salt Lake City NAACP Youth Council Lunch Counter Petition

Heidi Steed History, News and Events

After the Great Depression, the United States saw a nationwide trend toward increased political engagement among young people. The NAACP, originally founded in 1909, took advantage of this movement to significantly restructure its youth program. The subsequent changes to the Youth Council formalized the participation of young people within the NAACP by allowing its youngest members more opportunities to interact …

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 …

Records Officer Spotlight: Elyse Sullivan of Millcreek

Heidi Steed Records Management, Records Officer Spotlights

Elyse Sullivan is the City Recorder for Millcreek. While many Utahns have long been familiar with the Millcreek area, the city itself was only officially incorporated in 2016. Which means official city records were created during a digital era, and Elyse’s work managing the city’s records is almost entirely electronic. Elyse offered up some great advice for new records officers, …