New Finding Aids at the Archives: April 2021

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during April 2021: Inventory of Record of Tax Deeds Issued from Beaver County (Utah). County Auditor, 1896-1942. Inventory of Tax sale records from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, 1896-2021 Inventory of Annual budgets from Cornish (Utah), 1982-2021 Inventory of Audit reports from Cornish (Utah), …

Utah’s Road to Statehood: Political Obstacles

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As we continue our series on Utah’s Road to Statehood, we will explore the obstacles that prevented Utah from becoming a state until 1896. In early Utah, religion and politics were so closely intertwined that Congress refused to entertain the idea of statehood until the 1890s. Council of Fifty When the Territory of Utah was created in 1850, President Millard …

Highlights with Heidi: State Park Sketches

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Take a look at what Reference Archivist Heidi Stringham found in the Archives! These beautiful black and white sketches of Utah State Parks are found in the Administrative Records of the Division of Parks and Recreation, which lives within the Department of Natural Resources. The sketches are from 1981-2 and are all signed by the artist Marilyn R. Miller in the …

New Research Guide: Governor’s Correspondence

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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 …

Highlights with Heidi: Mystery Cards

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While searching for a document for a patron, Reference Archivist Heidi Stringham found these colorful cards! They were created by the Governor’s Commission for Women and Families, whose purpose is to protect the rights of women and families in Utah. Since its inception as the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Programs (1968-1970), the organization has also been known as the Governor’s …

1911 Birth Certificates Indexed Online

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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 …

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New Finding Aids at the Archives: March 2021

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during March 2021: Inventory of Naturalization records from District Court (Sixth District : Garfield County), 1905-1924. Inventory of Woodstock Memories, 1906-1976 from Granite School District (Utah), ca. 1976. Inventory of Woodstock School newspaper from Granite School District (Utah), 1926 Inventory of City Council minutes …

Utah’s Road to Statehood—Latter-Day Saint Pioneers

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

Welcome back to our series about Utah’s road to statehood. In this post we will explore some of the history of the Latter-day Saint pioneers who settled in the Salt Lake Valley in the later half of the nineteenth century. Immigration to Salt Lake Valley The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded in 1830 in New York …

Remembering the Castle Gate Mining Disaster

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On March 8, 1924, explosions within a Castle Gate coal mine changed the lives of over one hundred families in Carbon County, UT. A headlamp ignited methane gas, which in turn incinerated airborne coal dust and caused an explosive chain reaction killing 172 men. There were no survivors. The disaster left 110 widows with 264 dependent children. The Red Cross …

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New Finding Aids at the Archives: February 2021

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during February 2021: Inventory of Hyrum State Park administrative records from Department of Natural Resources. Division of Parks and Recreation. Northern Region, 1983-1986 Inventory of Naturalization administrative files from District Court (Seventh District : Carbon County), 1906-1936. Inventory of Declarations of intention from District …