Opening the Tooele City “Valuable” Box!

Lauren Katz History, News and Events Leave a Comment

Last month, Heidi and Alan (members of our Local Government team) found an unusual box labeled “valuable” when they were in Tooele City. Since there was interest in the contents of this mystery box, Heidi made an extra effort to inventory it quickly so we could share a little of what was inside. Let’s dig in! The underside of the …

Pause in our Digital Converter Service

Lauren Katz Guidelines, Records Management

Over the past five years, the number of digital images converted to microfilm through the digital converter has increased significantly. In the 2007 fiscal year, over 1.3 million digital images were converted to 699 reels of microfilm. During the last fiscal year, despite staff shortages due to the pandemic, the digital converter reformatted over 3 million images on 1,573 reels …

Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

“All Were Rattled”: Butch Cassidy, The Castle Gate Robbery, and the Wild West

Lauren Katz Digital Archives, Research

This blog post was written by Emily Stoll, a summer 2021 Intern at the Utah State Archives and Records Service. She is a senior at Weber State University and working on her public history degree. On April 21st, 1897, the Pleasant Valley Coal Company located in Castle Gate, Utah, was robbed in broad daylight. Considered to be one of the …

Welcoming our Reformatting Program Manager!

Lauren Katz News and Events, Records Management

The Utah State Archives is thrilled to welcome our new Reformatting Program manager, Melissa Coy! Melissa joins us from Utah State History where she was the Digital Program Specialist for several years and the Manuscripts Curator before that. Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, as well as an exciting vision for the digital future of our Reformatting …

Utah History Day: History in Government Winners

Lauren Katz History, News and Events, Research

Each year, over 7,000 Utah students, from grades 4-12, embark on a research project for Utah History Day, part of the larger National History Day contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research in libraries, archives, and museums. The final projects are presented in one of five ways: an exhibit, documentary, performance, …

New Research Guide: Governor’s Correspondence

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research, Research Guides

There are few records held by the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service that illustrate the power and importance of communication like the correspondence sent and received by Utah’s governors.  As the chief executive of the State, the governor directly engages with issues of both local and national importance. The governor correspondence collections are filled with an array of …

We’re in Love: Trademark Registers Now Online!

Lauren Katz Digital Archives, Research

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! We are celebrating the holiday of love by sharing our newly digitized Trademark Register series with all of you! This collection is packed with colorful labels of both popular national brands and smaller local companies dating back to 1881! Series 401 – Secretary of State Trademark Registers, 1881-1979 This series is a chronological list of the trademarks …

New Transcription Project: The State of Utah vs. Joe Hill

Lauren Katz Digital Archives, History, News and Events

Do you know the story of Joe Hill? Did you know that the Utah State Archives has a rich collection of records that illuminate the case of Joe Hill, the international controversy it engendered, and the worldwide response and publicity his trial and subsequent execution generated? Joseph Hillstrom (also known as Joe Hill) was born in 1879 in Gävle, Sweden …

Introducing GIS StoryMaps

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research

What is GIS? A geographic information system (GIS) is a way to aggregate and analyze data related to physical places on earth. By using a tool such as ArcGIS StoryMaps and electronic geospatial records that have been transferred to the Archives, we are able to share content of all types in a visual way. The Utah Division of Archives and …