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 …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Authority to Weed

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

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 …

A New Day In Government Operations

Jim Kichas News and Events

As the keeper of Utah’s permanent government records, we at the Utah State Archives and Records Service keep tabs on the ongoing shuffle of offices and agencies within government that takes place on an annual basis. Knowing the structure of government is critical to providing effective records management services, while also holding together the story of who created permanent records …

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, …

Where Do I Catch the Train to Las Vegas?

Guest Author Digital Archives, News and Events, Research

Written by Tony Castro, Reference Archivist at the Utah State Archives and Records Service Research Center. These days, historic railroad stations across the country seem to be for everything except purchasing tickets and boarding trains. What’s more popular these days are a variety of services such as chambers of commerce, history museums, and antique shops. In some cases, the stations …

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 …

1911 Birth Certificates Indexed Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives, News and Events

Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1911 are now indexed online! Access the Utah Birth Certificate Index to search names and view digital images for free. All birth certificates at least 100 years old are public, even if not online or indexed yet. In addition to identity and proof of citizenship, the registration …