The Acorn 1954

New Finding Aids at the Archives: December 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during December 2021: Inventory of Facilities improvement and construction documentation from Department of Human Services. Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. State Hospital, ca. 1994-2003 Inventory of Entry Books from District Court (Second District : Davis County), 1940-1985. Inventory of Community histories from …

New Digital Collection: Colorado River Compact Records

Jim Kichas Digital Archives, History, News and Events

November 24, 2022 will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Colorado River Compact. In the eleven months between January and November of 1922, multiple meetings were held between federal and western state representatives that resulted in the Colorado River Compact. Over the course of its history, the legal framework that has emerged to manage development of the …

The Law of the River: The Central Utah Project

Jim Kichas History

This is the third (and final) in a series of blog posts that will explore records held by the Utah State Archives that help illuminate the story of Utah’s role in the larger western movement to tame and develop the Colorado River as a vital resource in the arid west. ENVISIONING THE CENTRAL UTAH PROJECT Due to circumstances of geology and …

Part of an 1897 marriage license from Utah County

Early Utah County Marriage Records Now Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives, News and Events

In Utah, nearly all marriage applications and licenses or similar records have remained in county clerk offices. The Utah State Archives has limited copies on microfilm (most before about 1900).  A few years ago we were excited to receive marriage license applications from Utah County that were more than one hundred years old. Our Local Government archivist Alan Barnett oversaw …

The Law of the River: Developing the Upper Basin

Jim Kichas History

This is the second in a series of blog posts that will explore records held by the Utah State Archives that help illuminate the story of Utah’s role in the larger western movement to tame and develop the Colorado River as a vital resource in the arid west. UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN COMPACT With the passage of the Colorado River Compact …

Sanpete County Records Now Online

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

A small digital collection that contained only the earliest Spring City Council minutes has now been expanded to include several maps from the same city. Records in this collection were created by various local government entities in Sanpete County and document the history of the county. Sanpete County, located in central Utah, is a largely agricultural county founded in 1850. …

Looking Back: 1980 Capitol Windstorm

Alan Barnett History, News and Events

Here along the Wasatch Front, we periodically get some pretty wild windstorms. Some do more damage than others, so some are more memorable than others. In September 2020 we had a particularly strong storm that uprooted hundreds of trees and caused prolonged power outages. Coming as it did on the heels of Salt Lake’s largest recorded earthquake and in the …

The Law of the River: Compact and Development

Jim Kichas History

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will explore records held by the Utah State Archives that help illuminate the story of Utah’s role in the larger western movement to tame and develop the Colorado River as a vital resource in the arid west. THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN The Colorado River originates in the high Rocky …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: November 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during November 2021: Inventory of Property ownership plat maps from Davis County (Utah). County Recorder, 1952-2021 Inventory of Attorneys’ Receipt for Papers record from District Court (Fourth District : Juab County), 1898-1906, 1924-1994. Inventory of Beautification commission records from Washington City (Utah), 1990-1996 Inventory …

Utah’s Road to Statehood: The Finish Line

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

In 1894, Congress voted to invite Utah into the Union. President Grover Cleveland signed the Enabling Act, which allowed Utah to officially form a Constitutional Convention. Utahns moved with enthusiasm as they had been waiting for the opportunity to become a state for decades. They held an election to choose the delegates and convened the convention in March of 1895. …