Our History: 50 Years Of Service

Jim Kichas History Leave a Comment

As noted in the last blog in this series, the Utah State Archives was born as an office in the State Historical Society, before being moved out and on its own as part of the state’s Little Hoover Commission study on government organization. This move became official in 1969 when the “Archives and Records Service Act” was passed and the …

Our History: The Early Years

Jim Kichas History Leave a Comment

The roots of the Utah State Archives and Records Service extend back to the earliest days of state government. The seeds were planted in 1917 when the Utah Legislature passed legislation establishing the Utah State Historical Society as a government agency. The law stipulated that the Historical Society serve as the custodian of all records, documents, relics, and other materials …

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 …

Image of page in the divorce record book showing a note regarding the implementation of the Edmunds_Tucker Act.

Remembering the Edmunds-Tucker Act

Alan Barnett History, Research

It was in March that the landmark anti-polygamy Edmunds-Tucker Act took effect 132 years ago in 1887. A note in the divorce record for the Tooele County Probate Court highlights the far-reaching extent of the legislation. After the final divorce record from February 1887, the court clerk made a simple note explaining the abrupt end to the record. He noted …

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.