New Finding Aids at the Archives: February-March 2019

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe them for research. Here are the new ones created during February and March 2019: State Land Board Directors’ actions, 1960-1973 Sevier County School District (Utah) Richfield High School yearbooks, 1956 State Land Board Meeting minutes, 1886-1973

It’s Time for Another RIMM Webinar Series!

Sonny Dulfo General Retention Schedules, GRAMA, Legislative Updates, Open Government, Records Management, Training

Records and Information Management Month (RIMM) 2019 is here! To celebrate we are hosting a webinar each week in April. General Retention Schedules by Rebekkah Shaw and Heidi Steed, RIM Specialists at the Utah State Archives Wednesday, April 3, Noon-1:00 p.m. Rebekkah and Heidi will have a discussion about the general retention schedules–how they have changed, why they’re changing, and …

Grant Funds Available to Preserve Utah’s Historical Records

Mahala Ruddell Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) has funding available for public and private non-profit institutions with archival collections. Grants of up to $7,500 are available for projects designed to increase access to and preserve historical records. Grants require a one-to-one in-kind and/or cash match and must contain a public access component. Applications are required and must be received …

Image of page in the divorce record book showing a note regarding the implementation of the Edmunds_Tucker Act.

Remembering the Edmunds-Tucker Act

Alan Barnett History, Research

It was in March that the landmark anti-polygamy Edmunds-Tucker Act took effect 132 years ago in 1887. A note in the divorce record for the Tooele County Probate Court highlights the far-reaching extent of the legislation. After the final divorce record from February 1887, the court clerk made a simple note explaining the abrupt end to the record. He noted …

Utah Open Government Sunshine Conference! “Building Trust Through Transparency”

Dylan Mace News and Events, Open Government

Welcome to the Utah Open Government Sunshine Conference! “Building Trust Through Transparency” Tuesday, March 26, 2019 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is excited to announce the second annual Open Government Conference.  Come and learn why transparency matters and how to work together for a better open government. Our guest speakers include: Kenneth …

Utah State Archives and Historical Records

Sonny Dulfo General Retention Schedules, Records Management

Does the Utah State Archives destroy historical records? There seems to be a pervasive rumor among governmental entities that the Utah State Archives and Records Service is in the business of microfilming and destroying permanent historic records. Let us set the record straight. According to Utah State Archives Assistant Director, Jim Kichas: in the latter half of the 20th century, …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: January 2019

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe them for research. Here are the new ones created during January 2019: Beaver County School District (Utah) Building plans, 1934-1992. Councils of Defense Utah in the World War by Noble Warrum, 1924 Department of Natural Resources. Division of Water Rights History of Applications to Appropriate Water, 1903-1989. Department of Natural Resources. …

General Retention Schedules and You!

Rebekkah Shaw General Retention Schedules

Have you looked at a General Retention Schedule and thought of a better title? Is there a citation you wish would be added or removed from the description? Or maybe the retention or appraisal is confusing and you’d like to ask a question. We want to hear from you! There are a few ways to give us feedback regarding the …

State of the State Archives – 2019

Guest Author News and Events

Guest Post by Ken Williams, State Archivist and Director of the State Archives. A new year has arrived at the Utah State Archives and Records Service with several exciting accomplishments behind us, initiatives on the horizon, and the kick-off of another legislative session. Here are just a few things that we have been doing. Last year, our Open Government team …