Browse Birth Certificates Online: 1916

Gina Strack Digital Archives, Research

  Birth certificate images for 1915 are now online at archives.utah.gov/digital/81443.htm. Although they are not indexed by name yet, if one knows the birth date and county it should not be difficult to locate the correct folder and browse through a few images for the time being. Free saving and printing of images is available. Birth certificates are the permanent …

Legislative Updates to GRAMA and PRMA

Rosemary Cundiff General Retention Schedules, GRAMA, Legislative Updates, Open Government, Records Access, Records Management, State Records Committee, Uncategorized

In the 2019 session, the Utah Legislature updated the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) and the Public Records Management Act (PRMA). Senator Wayne Harper, sponsored two bills (Senate bills 25 and 108) which contained the most significant changes. With Senate bill 25, the Legislature created a new records management committee. This new committee will approve records retention schedules …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: April 2019

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe them for research. Here are the new ones created during April 2019: Department of Administrative Services (Utah). Division of Archives and Records Service Research Room quilt, ca. 1985 Carbon County (Utah). County Clerk Birth reports, 1898-1904. Delta (Utah) Budgets, 1997- Delta (Utah) Youth City Council scrapbooks, 1990-1998 Delta (Utah) Youth Court …

Team Work Makes a Project Work!: Spotlight on Virgin Town

Heidi Steed Records Management, Records Officer Spotlights

Even small towns have a good amount of government business to record, and just like their larger municipal counterparts, finding space to store all of those records is a never ending challenge. In the Virgin Town Hall, a historic school house, managing limited storage space is especially important. Just over a year ago the upstairs storage room in the Virgin …

Reflections on a Centenary for World War I

Gina Strack Digital Archives, History

The Utah State Archives is wrapping up a yearslong recognition of the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I (also known as a centenary). As a repository of a number of military records, we knew there would be an opportunity to introduce  them to a new audience keen to learn about the Great War. The motivation came from …

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 …