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

Highlights with Heidi: Authority to Weed

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Weeding is used to get rid of non-records (binders, folders, post-it notes, etc.), redundant records (i.e. form letters where we only need to preserve one), and misidentified records in archival collections. Archivists use their authority to weed as a collection management tool to best utilize resources, particularly physical storage and digital space. Archives RIM specialists add the phrase “with authority …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Centennial Dresses

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

Look what Heidi found for Pioneer Day! These elaborate hand drawn dress designs were created for the Centennial Coronation in 1947. Margaret Whitney Essex, a prominent dressmaker and descendant of pioneer Orson F. Whitney, made the velvet pioneer dresses. In the drawing, the red dress features seagulls, the white dress is decorated in gold wagons, and the blue dress is …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Ice Cream Theft

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

While doing some research, Local Government Records Specialist Heidi (yes, we have two Heidi’s in our office!) came across this funny little case in the Sanpete County Justice Court: Gunnison Precinct records. On June 13, 1904, six boys appeared before the Justice of the Peach for the theft of ice cream and cake! Looks like all the boys were charged …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Case of Profanity

Heidi Stringham History, Research

A recent patron was researching our Sanpete County Territorial Probate Court records and pointed out an unusual court case. Have you ever heard of a “case of profanity”? In May 1863, Albert Lewis was seen in the Manti Justice Court for just that!  “Defendant came forward and acknowledged having been guilty of profanity in taking the name of Deity in vain.”  a …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Provo River Bridge

Heidi Stringham History, Research

This record describes the Provo River Bridge, which was built in 1914 and dismantled in 1941 prior to the filling of the new Deer Creek Reservoir. Heidi discovered this file while searching in Series 920 for a patron. This series contains bridge structural condition files created by the Road Commission to track the condition of bridges on state roads, as well …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Ash Creek Bridge

Heidi Stringham Research

Today’s discovery was unearthed by Reference Archivist Tony Castro while he was working on a research request. The patron was interested in seeing early photographs of the Ash Creek Bridge in Washington County. Although we didn’t have any photos in our collection, Tony did find an artist’s rendering of the bridge, before it was actually constructed, in the 1923-4 State …

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

Highlights with Heidi: State Park Sketches

Heidi Stringham Research

Take a look at what Reference Archivist Heidi Stringham found in the Archives! These beautiful black and white sketches of Utah State Parks are found in the Administrative Records of the Division of Parks and Recreation, which lives within the Department of Natural Resources. The sketches are from 1981-2 and are all signed by the artist Marilyn R. Miller in the …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Mystery Cards

Heidi Stringham Research

While searching for a document for a patron, Reference Archivist Heidi Stringham found these colorful cards! They were created by the Governor’s Commission for Women and Families, whose purpose is to protect the rights of women and families in Utah. Since its inception as the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Programs (1968-1970), the organization has also been known as the Governor’s …

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In our Index It’s All True

Heidi Stringham Digital Archives, Research

Do you know someone famous or infamous? Perhaps you can find them in the 3rd District Court for Salt Lake County’s civil case file index. Using this index, which is actually several smaller index books arranged by year, you can search the names of the plaintiff and the defendant in civil actions that occurred within the jurisdiction of Salt Lake …