Suffrage and Stories of Utah Women

Alberta Hill Henry: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research Leave a Comment

Alberta Hill was born in Louisiana in 1920, where her parents worked as sharecroppers. As African Americans, they were discriminated against in Louisiana. When she was three, her family moved to Kansas where they hoped for a better racial climate and educational opportunities for their children.  When Alberta was a teenager she was in a car accident. A piece of …

Suffrage and Stories of Utah Women

Olene Walker: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History

Olene Walker was born in Ogden, UT in 1930. Her parents were both educators and her father was the Ogden School Superintendent for 25 years. Olene was elected to her first position in the student government during junior high. She later earned a debate scholarship to Weber College, but transferred to Brigham Young University after her first year. After earning …

New Discoveries in the Archives: Murder and Racism in 1893

Lauren Katz Digital Archives, Research

This blog post was written by Mariah Todd. She is the fall 2019 Outreach Intern at the Utah State Archives and Records Service. She is a senior at UVU majoring in History and she is particularly interested in primary sources. In 1893, seventeen-year-old Charles Arnup was arrested for killing a man. The following year, his attorney submitted a pardon application …

1910 Birth Certificates Available in Online Name Index

Gina Strack Digital Archives, News and Events

Birth certificates issued by the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics in 1910 are now online and freely available to the public. The searchable index and digital images may be accessed from the Utah Birth Certificate Index. As all birth certificates at least 100 years old are public, also browse 1911-1916 online for free. In addition to identity and …

Browse Birth Certificates Online: 1916

Gina Strack Digital Archives, Research

  Birth certificate images for 1915 are now online at Although they are not indexed by name yet, if one knows the birth date and county it should not be difficult to locate the correct folder and browse through a few images for the time being. Free saving and printing of images is available. Birth certificates are the permanent …

Reflections on a Centenary for World War I

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

The Utah State Archives is wrapping up a yearslong recognition of the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I (also known as a centenary). As a repository of a number of military records, we knew there would be an opportunity to introduce  them to a new audience keen to learn about the Great War. The motivation came from …

New World War I Records Online: Foreign Citations & Decorations

Rae Gifford Digital Archives, History, Research

In 1922, the War Department forwarded a packet of translated documents to Utah’s Adjutant General. The War Department had been working to publish a book identifying all of the American soldiers who had received a foreign citation or decoration, such as the French Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) and the Polish Kryzyż Walecznych (Cross of Valor). Unfortunately, they were not able to fund such a project and were providing the pertinent records to each state with the hope that the states could publish them.