New Finding Aids at the Archives: January 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

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 …

Utah Women in World War I: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research, Uncategorized

When World War I started in 1914, the U.S. started with a strict policy of neutrality. The policy was tested when German U-boats sunk the Lusitania in 1915, killing 124 Americans. The U.S. demanded that Germany stop engaging in unrestricted warfare, and Germany agreed, allowing neutral ships with non-military passengers to pass without attack. However, in 1917 Germany resumed unrestricted …

Connecting the Dots: A Look at How State and Local Processes Interact

Mahala Ruddell History

An 1851 law passed by the territorial legislature required that the state government keep a “fair and faithful record of all marks and brands” indicating ownership of livestock. These brand books recorded the mark or shape of the brand, whether the brand was located on the livestock’s body or on their ear, the name of the person applying for the …

Poll taxes in Utah?

Mahala Ruddell History

Poll taxes, or fixed sums levied on any eligible individual, are uncommon these days. Historically, they are usually discussed in conjunction with civil rights and disenfranchisement. So it might be a bit surprising to come across a record like this, a poll tax register from Spring City. We often hear about poll taxes in the Deep South, but here in …

Primary Source Sets: Teaching Utah History

Lauren Katz History, News and Events, Research, Research Guides

The Utah State Archives is thrilled to introduce Primary Source Sets curated from the official Utah government records repository. Each set provides historical context for important events, discussion questions, and primary source examples for both elementary and secondary school students. A primary source is a first-hand account of an event or topic. Letters, meeting minutes, photographs, diary entries, interviews, and …

Mae Timbimboo Parry: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

Mae Timbimboo was born in Washakie, Utah in 1919. Washakie was a community of the Shoshone tribe, made up of descendants of the people who survived the Bear River Massacre in 1863. Mae attended boarding school at Washakie Day School. Boarding school was common for Indigenous Americans at the time and was designed to force Indigenous American children to assimilate …