Topaz Internment Camp: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

Pearl Harbor and Alien Enemy Registration After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the U.S. was suspicious of Japanese citizens. They were afraid that those who had immigrated to the U.S. from Japan were secretly spies for their birth country. As tensions rose, people of Japanese descent were evacuated from the Pacific Coast due to fears …

Help Transcribe Brigham Young’s Probate Case!

Lauren Katz History, News and Events

Our next transcription project is now live! Brigham Young, the first governor of the Utah Territory and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died August 29, 1877. At the time, the church practiced an arrangement wherein the president held property and real estate as “trustee-in-trust.” This allowed Young to direct and finance many major construction and …

Probate Records for Salt Lake County: Part 3 – Brigham Young

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

This post is the third in a 3-part series on the Salt Lake County Probate Case Files. See Part 1 and Part 2. When Brigham Young died on August 29, 1877, he left behind a thriving frontier community grown from a few arriving wagons in 1847. He also left behind a complicated set of heirs with the practice of polygamy, …

Women in Law: Stories of Utah Women

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, Research

First Female Lawyers in Utah The Utah Bar admitted Phoebe Couzins and Georgia Snow on the same day in 1872. Couzins studied law at Washington University Law School in Missouri, and had been admitted to the bar in Missouri and in Arkansas. The Utah bar accepted her automatically, as she had credentials and experience practicing in other states. Judge McKean, …

Spring City (Utah) Cemetery map

New Finding Aids at the Archives: July 2020

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe them for research. Here are the new ones created during July 2020: Inventory of Official transcripts from Alpine School District (Utah). American Fork High School, 1910-2020 Inventory of Municipal code from Riverton (Utah), 1978-2009 Inventory of Ordinances from Riverton (Utah), 1947-2020 Inventory of Administrative records from Spring City (Utah), 1917-2000. Inventory …

Probate Records for Salt Lake County: Part 2 – John B. Farlow, Druggist

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

This post is the second in a series on the Salt Lake County Probate case files. See part 1. The remaining case files from 1889 to the end of the territorial period  (numbers 1397-2689) for Salt Lake County are online. As the end of the 19th century approached, the process and documents continued to become more professional, uniform, and better …

Utah’s Society of Professional Journalists awards the Division of Archives and Records Service annual Sunshine Award

Lauren Katz News and Events

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service will be honored this year with the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine Award. The award is given annually to honor an organization or individual whose work has promoted transparency and open government in our state. According to Matthew LaPlante, Associate Professor at Utah State University in the …

Spotlight on: Davis County Records Division

Lauren Katz Records Officer Spotlights

Records management is better with a team, and the Davis County Clerk/Auditor’s Records Division proves that to be true. The team is made up of unique and talented records officers including: Records Manager Rebecca Abbott, and archivists Jessy Turner and Becky Wright. The team took a moment out of their busy schedules to tell us a little bit about themselves, …