Highlights with Heidi: Research Archivist at Utah State Archives & Records Service

Highlights with Heidi: Centennial Dresses

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

Look what Heidi found for Pioneer Day! These elaborate hand drawn dress designs were created for the Centennial Coronation in 1947. Margaret Whitney Essex, a prominent dressmaker and descendant of pioneer Orson F. Whitney, made the velvet pioneer dresses. In the drawing, the red dress features seagulls, the white dress is decorated in gold wagons, and the blue dress is …

Highlights with Heidi: Research Archivist at Utah State Archives & Records Service

Highlights with Heidi: Ice Cream Theft

Heidi Stringham History, News and Events

While doing some research, Local Government Records Specialist Heidi (yes, we have two Heidi’s in our office!) came across this funny little case in the Sanpete County Justice Court: Gunnison Precinct records. On June 13, 1904, six boys appeared before the Justice of the Peach for the theft of ice cream and cake! Looks like all the boys were charged …

Highlights with Heidi: Research Archivist at Utah State Archives & Records Service

Highlights with Heidi: Case of Profanity

Heidi Stringham History, Research

A recent patron was researching our Sanpete County Territorial Probate Court records and pointed out an unusual court case. Have you ever heard of a “case of profanity”? In May 1863, Albert Lewis was seen in the Manti Justice Court for just that!  “Defendant came forward and acknowledged having been guilty of profanity in taking the name of Deity in vain.”  a …

Portion of accounting register from Providence Town, Utah

New Finding Aids at the Archives: June 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during June 2021: Inventory of Administrative ledger from Cache County (Utah). Providence School District, 1902-1909. Inventory of Justice Court dockets from Hyrum (Utah), 1898-1993 Inventory of Sidewalk paving assessment ledger from Providence (Utah), 1922-1926. Inventory of Treasurer’s account books from Providence (Utah), 1924-1950. Inventory …

Utah’s Road to Statehood: Seven Bids for Statehood

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

The Latter-day Saints settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, and for the next fifty years they and following settlers fought for statehood. It took seven attempts to finally realize that goal. 1849 The Latter-day Saints settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Part of the appeal of the land was that it belonged to Mexico. They felt they had …

A New Day In Government Operations

Jim Kichas News and Events

As the keeper of Utah’s permanent government records, we at the Utah State Archives and Records Service keep tabs on the ongoing shuffle of offices and agencies within government that takes place on an annual basis. Knowing the structure of government is critical to providing effective records management services, while also holding together the story of who created permanent records …

Handwritten text from a record.

Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board 2021 Grant Awards Announced!

Mahala Ruddell Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The 2021 grant funding round of the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) has wrapped! We are happy to announce awards to six institutions for projects that preserve and provide access to Utah’s history. Southern Utah University Archives, Cedar City, UT The University Archives at SUU will be receiving $4,627 to digitize 16mm film reels that document campus activities …

Welcoming our Reformatting Program Manager!

Lauren Katz News and Events, Records Management

The Utah State Archives is thrilled to welcome our new Reformatting Program manager, Melissa Coy! Melissa joins us from Utah State History where she was the Digital Program Specialist for several years and the Manuscripts Curator before that. Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, as well as an exciting vision for the digital future of our Reformatting …