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

Highlights with Heidi: Coffin Nails

Heidi Stringham History, Research Leave a Comment

While searching through Governor Spry’s correspondence records, Heidi found this colorful cartoon depicting a funny-dressed man with a cigarette in his mouth. “To the Cigarette Pimp” is handwritten below the man, who, presumably, is Governor Spry. On the back of the cartoon is an impassioned letter to the Governor begging him to take a harder stance against selling tobacco to anyone under the …

Slides from Preservation Office

New Finding Aids at the Archives: May 2022

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during May 2022: Inventory of Slide collection from Department of Cultural and Community Engagement. State Historic Preservation office., ca. 1962-1985 Inventory of Annual reports from Provo (Utah). Mayor, 1936-2022 In addition, the following were updated: Inventory of Land Use & Development Management Commission minutes …

Preserving Utah’s Historic Buildings, Then and Now

Alan Barnett History

We typically think of black and white or warm sepia-toned prints when we think of historical photographs. But color photography has been around long enough for color images to be considered historical as well. The Utah State Archives recently received a collection of over 30,000 35mm color slides from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, a state agency that assists …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: April 2022

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during April 2022: Inventory of Administrative records from Clarkston (Utah), 1933-1983 Inventory of Bond records from Clarkston (Utah), 1942-1967 Inventory of Cemetery records from Clarkston (Utah), 1891-2022 Inventory of Financial records from Clarkston (Utah), 1941-1984 Inventory of Land Use & Development Management Commission minutes …

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

Utah History Day 2022: History in Government Winners

Lauren Katz History, News and Events, Research

Every year in April, students across the state, 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, …

New Discoveries in the Archives: A Question of Self-Defense

Guest Author History

This blog post was written by McKenzie Wood, a 2022 AS-L Outreach Intern at the Utah State Archives and Records Service. She is in her master’s program for Library and Information Science at St. John’s University in Queens, New York and is particularly interested in criminal justice. On September 9, 1891, Adolf F. Kohler was shot and killed by local …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: March 2022

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during March 2022: Inventory of Council minutes from Clarkston (Utah), 1901-1925, 1938-1941, 1986-2019 Inventory of Prisoner card name index from State Prison, 1896-2002 In addition, the following were updated: Inventory of Alien enemy registration forms from Davis County (Utah). County Sheriff, 1940-1945 Inventory of …

Caroline Pace: The First Women Elected in Spanish Fork City

Heidi Steed History, News and Events

I first encountered Caroline Pace while sorting through a box of records labeled ‘old stuff.’ Spanish Fork City had transferred the box to the State Archives with many other historical records. However, unlike the other meticulously identified records, this particular box was unruly. The box was full of hundreds of tightly rolled and folded pieces of paper that were difficult …

Views from the Road: Highway 89

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History

While not as well known or celebrated as Route 66, Highway 89 is a defining artery of tourism and exploration in the western United States. Traveling from the high mountains of Montana to the low deserts of Arizona, Highway 89 passes through (or is adjacent to) seven national parks, including Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and …