Help Index the Salt Lake City Tax Assessment Rolls

Lauren Katz History, News and Events Leave a Comment

We are excited to announce a new virtual volunteer opportunity to transcribe volumes from the Salt Lake City Tax Assessment Rolls! These volumes record the assessment of real and personal property and were used for taxing purposes. The Assessment Rolls from 1856 to 1892 are digitized and available online, but we would love to provide even more access to researchers …

Spring 2023 Internships

Lauren Katz News and Events Leave a Comment

Applications are now open for spring semester internships at the Utah State Archives and Records Service! These competitive, stipend-paid, semester-long internships are designed especially for students. Read more about our four internship opportunities: Reference Internship Work with our Reference Team to help answer research questions from the public! This in-person internship works directly with our Reference & Access Program Manager …

Utah’s Records Transparency Websites Have a New Look!

Dylan Mace News and Events, Open Government Leave a Comment

Government records are the property of the state (Utah Code 63A-12-105(1)). The public has a right to open and fair access to records that are classified as public. At the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service, we take transparency very seriously. Our Open Government team maintains two important websites for the state of Utah: the Utah Public Notice Website, …

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 …

Welcome to our New Staff!

Lauren Katz News and Events

We are thrilled to announce the latest additions to the Utah State Archives team! Maren Peterson, who previously worked with us in a part-time position, joined our Records and Information Management team as the Education and State Agency RIM Specialist. In this role, she will help her assigned agencies with records management and facilitating the transfer of records to the care …

Utah State Archivist Named CoSA President

Lauren Katz News and Events

Congratulations to our Director and Utah State Archivist Ken Williams who was just named Board President of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA)! CoSA is a national nonprofit organization responsible for ensuring that the nation’s documentary heritage is preserved. Members include government archives in the fifty states, five territories, and District of Columbia. At the annual meeting in Tennessee last …

Happy Archives Month!

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

Each October, Utah joins the nation in celebrating Archives Month as a way to highlight the importance of records of enduring value and to raise public awareness of the role archives play in our daily lives. 2022 Theme Utah’s 2022 theme is Water, which is THE primary source! Archival records can provide a unique glimpse into the history of our human relationship with water …

Mountain Meadows Massacre in the Records

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

What Happened The Mountain Meadows Massacre occurred in September 1857 in a highland valley roughly 35 miles southwest of Cedar City. The Baker-Fancher emigrant party, traveling through Utah on their way from Arkansas to California, was attacked by members of the local Iron County Militia and purportedly some local Paiute Indians. The emigrants fought back and a five day siege ensued. On the …

Happy Retirement, Susan!

Lauren Katz News and Events

Last month we said goodbye to Susan Mumford after 16 years of public service at the Utah State Archives. After owning an art and custom frame business for 18 years, Susan attended Emporia State University where she earned her MLIS. She then joined the State Archives where she wore many hats including records analyst, processor, volunteer coordinator, secretary of the …

Welcome Fall 2022 Interns!

Lauren Katz News and Events

After over two years of remote internships, we’re thrilled to welcome our Fall 2022 cohort in-person! They kicked off the semester with a tour of the Utah State Archives building, a chance to meet our staff, and time to dive into their projects with their specific advisors. Learn more about the interns: Silver Hinckley recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with her …