Utah’s Road to Statehood: The Earliest Utah Settlers

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Indigenous Americans The earliest settlers in modern Utah were, of course, the Indigenous Americans. The Ancestral Puebloans lived in the vicinity of Utah from 500-1300 AD. They were commonly known as ‘Anasazi,’ an exonym coined by the Navajos, and not preferred by the Puebloans, which means ancient enemies. The Puebloans occupied the southeastern portion of Utah, as well as portions …

A Glimpse into Ogden’s Black Community

Alan Barnett History, Research 7 Comments

Among records recently transferred to the Utah State Archives from the Ogden School District were two seemingly unremarkable 1960s-era photo albums from Pingree Elementary School. Despite the plain covers, the photos in the album revealed that Pingree Elementary was not just another school. The photographs provide a striking and human window into one of the important Black communities in Utah …

White Swan High Patent Flour sack

Kaysville-Layton Milling Company: a Trademark Story

Gina Strack History 1 Comment

Many small towns settled in the nineteenth century in Utah had their own flour mills. Kaysville, Utah was no exception, with its first mill built in 1866, about fifteen years after the first families started building a city center that largely still exists today. Kaysville is located in Davis County, about 16 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Early families …

We’re in Love: Trademark Registers Now Online!

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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

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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 …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: January 2021

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Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during January 2021: Inventory of Administrative records from Huntington (Utah), 1954-1974. Inventory of Business bonds from Huntington (Utah), 1923-1931. Inventory of City council minutes from Huntington (Utah), 1913-2004 Inventory of Official bonds from Huntington (Utah), 1917-1948 Inventory of Ordinances and resolutions from Huntington (Utah), …

Part of road map of Utah

Highway Maps Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

Before we had GPS and phones with map apps, people used folded paper maps. Across the United States, transportation departments distributed free highway maps both as a public service and a way to promote tourism, including here in Utah. The Utah State Archives is pleased to announce that a collection of Official Highway Maps from the Utah Department of Transportation …

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 …

Handwritten text from a record.

New Finding Aids at the Archives: December 2020

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during December 2020: Inventory of Field Notes of the Survey of Highways from Carbon County (Utah). County Clerk, 1894-1909. Inventory of Rockport State Park photographs from Department of Natural Resources. Division of Parks and Recreation. Northern Region, ca. 1970-2000 Inventory of Naturalization index cards …

Utah’s Road to Statehood: 125 Years

Maren Peterson History, Research

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, President Grover Cleveland issued the proclamation that officially welcomed Utah into the Union as a state on January 4, 1896. Utah had been working towards this goal since 1849, when newly-arrived white settlers first petitioned Congress for statehood. They petitioned a total of seven times over those forty-five years. This year the Utah State …