Records Officer Spotlight: Department of Corrections

Matt Pierce Records Management, Records Officer Spotlights

As the Utah Department of Corrections works to relocate the Utah State Prison, Program Manager Alexandra Muller and Business Analyst Cami Beach have been hard at work updating the Department’s many records series and retention schedules. In addition to modernizing the Department’s records management practices to match its electronic processes, Muller and Beach are adding new records officers department-wide and …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Provo River Bridge

Heidi Stringham History, Research

This record describes the Provo River Bridge, which was built in 1914 and dismantled in 1941 prior to the filling of the new Deer Creek Reservoir. Heidi discovered this file while searching in Series 920 for a patron. This series contains bridge structural condition files created by the Road Commission to track the condition of bridges on state roads, as well …

Page from Grantsville City Council minutes

New Finding Aids at the Archives: May 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during May 2021: Inventory of Council minutes from Cornish (Utah), 1937-2021 Inventory of Ordinances from Cornish (Utah), 1938-2016 Inventory of Planning and Zoning Commission minutes from Cornish (Utah), 1996-2016 Inventory of Resolutions from Cornish (Utah), 1940-2021 Inventory of Maps from Davis County (Utah). County …

Utah History Day: History in Government Winners

Lauren Katz History, News and Events, Research

Each year, over 7,000 Utah students, from grades 4-12, embark on a research project for Utah History Day, part of the larger National History Day contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research in libraries, archives, and museums. The final projects are presented in one of five ways: an exhibit, documentary, performance, …

Utah’s Road to Statehood: The Obstacle of Polygamy

Maren Peterson Digital Archives, History, Research

In the last post, we explored the political obstacles that prevented Utah from becoming a state until 1896. There was another large obstacle that made Congress wary of giving Utah statehood: polygamy. Polygamy started in April of 1841 when Joseph Smith married his first plural wife. By the time the Latter-Day Saints moved from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Salt Lake …

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

Highlights with Heidi: Ash Creek Bridge

Heidi Stringham Research

Today’s discovery was unearthed by Reference Archivist Tony Castro while he was working on a research request. The patron was interested in seeing early photographs of the Ash Creek Bridge in Washington County. Although we didn’t have any photos in our collection, Tony did find an artist’s rendering of the bridge, before it was actually constructed, in the 1923-4 State …

Clues to the Polk Directories

Alan Barnett History, Research

Those who have used Polk City Directories in their research know how valuable they can be in tracking individuals, institutions, and businesses over time. But it’s hard to know exactly how the directories were assembled and why information is presented as it is. A receipt found among records from the Murray City School District sheds just a sliver of light on …

Where Do I Catch the Train to Las Vegas?

Guest Author Digital Archives, News and Events, Research

Written by Tony Castro, Reference Archivist at the Utah State Archives and Records Service Research Center. These days, historic railroad stations across the country seem to be for everything except purchasing tickets and boarding trains. What’s more popular these days are a variety of services such as chambers of commerce, history museums, and antique shops. In some cases, the stations …

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) Welcomes Cheryl Lone Bear

Mahala Ruddell Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) is made up of professionals from around the state who have experience in the management, preservation, and care of historical records. Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms, each bringing their own expertise to the group and acting as a regional representative from all of Utah’s far-flung corners. …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: April 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during April 2021: Inventory of Record of Tax Deeds Issued from Beaver County (Utah). County Auditor, 1896-1942. Inventory of Tax sale records from Beaver County (Utah). County Recorder, 1896-2021 Inventory of Annual budgets from Cornish (Utah), 1982-2021 Inventory of Audit reports from Cornish (Utah), …