Minutes of the Capitol Commission Online

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

We are now midway through Archives Month, and the Utah State Archives continues to direct its focus and activities on celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Utah State Capitol. This week we would like to share information on another new addition to the Digital Archives that documents the earliest planning and construction of “the people’s building.” The Capitol Commission was formed in …

Newspaper Clippings and Biennial Reports of the Capitol Commission Online

Jim Kichas News and Events

The Utah State Archives continues to celebrate Archives Month by focusing on the 100th year anniversary of the Utah State Capitol. This week we would like to share information on two new additions to the Digital Archives that help illuminate this important history. The first is a collection of compiled newspaper clippings that document public relations efforts by the Capitol Commission …

Capitol Commission Photographs Online

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

The Utah State Archives is pleased to kickoff Utah Archives Month with the first in a month-long blog series spotlighting records in our holdings that tell the story of the construction of Utah’s State Capitol building (celebrating its 100th year anniversary this month!). This week we are highlighting photographs from the Capitol Commission which document the construction of the State Capitol. The majority of …

1875-1876 John D. Lee Case File Online

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

The Utah State Archives is pleased to announce that the historic Territorial Second District Court case file pertaining to the trial and conviction of John D. Lee for his role in the Mountain Meadows Massacre has been digitized and posted online on the Digital Archives. The records in this case file cover Lee’s first trial that began in July 1875 and …

SLC School Children’s Constitution and Flag Monument Books Now Available Online

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

Just in time for back to school season, the Utah State Archives is pleased to make available a fascinating collection of student-created records through our online Digital Archives. These 1932-1952 school children’s Constitution and Flag Monument books were compiled by the Salt Lake City School District to document and commemorate the erection of the School Children’s Constitution and Flag Monument on the west …

Salt Lake City Firemen Photos Now Online

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

We are happy to announce that the oldest known photographs from the Salt Lake City Fire Department have been digitized and are now available online through our Digital Archives! These photographs, found in series 23526, provide early documentation of the fire department and the first professional fire fighters employed in Utah. Between 1852 and 1883 fire protection service in Salt Lake City was …

Records for Joe Hill Online

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, News and Events

In anticipation of the 100-year anniversary of the trial and execution of the labor icon Joe Hill in Utah, the Utah State Archives has posted online over four thousand images of records concerning the international controversy and publicity generated at that time (http://archives.utah.gov/digital/joe-hill.html). Born in 1879 in Gavle, Sweden, Joseph Hillstrom (also known as Joe Hill) immigrated to the United …

Utah Archives Month 2015

Jim Kichas News and Events

October was an extremely busy month at the Utah State Archives, filled with conferences, workshops, and events celebrating Utah Archives Month 2015. The Utah State Archives was one of many repositories around the state who developed special programming to publicize the vital role archives and special collection repositories play in preserving our shared cultural record for future access and use. Perhaps the most …

Celebrating Electronic Records Day!

Jim Kichas Electronic Records, News and Events

  October 10, 2015 marks the fourth annual celebration of Electronic Records Day, sponsored by the Council of State Archivists (COSA).  COSA states that E-Records Day is an “opportunity to share information about what you are doing to manage your state’s digital resources and to enlist help in preserving electronic records. This day is designed to raise awareness among state …

Downwind in Utah

Jim Kichas History

SHEEP DEATH IN CEDAR CITY The spring of 1953 brought with it unusually large losses in sheep herds that had spent that winter grazing in the mountains of southern Nevada and southern Utah. The winter and spring of 1952/1953 had been unusually dry, and most livestock owners had provided their herds with supplemental feed and water to make it through to summer. Of the …