Utah State Archives Named Best State Website for Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine

Lauren Katz News and Events, Research

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is proud to announce that our Name Indexes site was chosen as one of the 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine! This is an annual list published to provide readers with the best state-specific online resources for researching their ancestors. This year’s list has been expanded to include valuable …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Old Dirt!

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

Recently, a patron was reviewing water rights files from the 4th District Court for Utah County (Series 14435 – Civil Case Files, 1896-1958) when she discovered a sealed envelope of dirt or seeds in case #4076, Draper v. Draper. Being the curious archivist that she is, Heidi opened the envelope to discover the mystery material was indeed DIRT! Unfortunately, there …

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 …

Inspiring students through the power of history over group of students photograph

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, …