Utah’s Black History: Green Flake

Maren Peterson History, Research

Early Life On January 6, 1828, Green Flake was born into slavery on the William Jordan Flake Plantation in North Carolina. Green was “gifted” to James, William’s son, as a wedding present in the 1840’s when Green was in his early teens. Shortly after marrying, James Flake moved to Mississippi in hopes of claiming land. Green was taken with the …

Utah Drought Solutions Under Governor George Clyde, 1957-1965

Guest Author Digital Archives, History, Research

This blog post was written by Sadie Webster, a fall 2022 intern at the Utah State Archives and Records Services. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. Drought is a common plague for the agriculture industry in the dry and torrid West, particularly in a place such as Utah where this industry is …

Help Index the Salt Lake City Tax Assessment Rolls

Lauren Katz History, News and Events

We are excited to announce a new virtual volunteer opportunity to transcribe volumes from the Salt Lake City Tax Assessment Rolls! These volumes record the assessment of real and personal property and were used for taxing purposes. The Assessment Rolls from 1856 to 1892 are digitized and available online, but we would love to provide even more access to researchers …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: October 2022

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here is the newest one created during October 2022: Inventory of Affidavits of kinship and indemnification agreements from Spanish Fork (Utah), 1995-2022 Inventory of Cemetery financial records from Spanish Fork (Utah), 1906-2022 Inventory of Justice court dockets from Spanish Fork (Utah), 1866-2022

The Great Salt Fake

Heidi Steed History, Research

A copy of a black and white photo of the Saltair sits above my Grandma’s desk. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid. Her father claimed to be one of the bathers featured in the center of the picture perched upon a floating tub. He’s surrounded by a group of men and women, frolicking in their old-timey …