Reflections From the Past: Smallpox in Turn-of-the-Century Utah

Heidi Steed Digital Archives, History, Research Leave a Comment

Dr. Hubert F. Andrews had just graduated from the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons when he settled in Gunnison, Utah, in the summer of 1899, taking a job as a Sanpete County quarantine doctor. A year earlier in 1898, Utah’s State Board of Health directed local governments to form their own health boards to oversee the diagnosis of contagious …

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 …

New Finding Aids at the Archives: January 2021

Gina Strack Finding Aids

Our archivists write inventories as finding aids to describe records. Here are the newest ones created during January 2021: Inventory of Administrative records from Huntington (Utah), 1954-1974. Inventory of Business bonds from Huntington (Utah), 1923-1931. Inventory of City council minutes from Huntington (Utah), 1913-2004 Inventory of Official bonds from Huntington (Utah), 1917-1948 Inventory of Ordinances and resolutions from Huntington (Utah), …

The Law of the River: The Central Utah Project

Jim Kichas History

  This is the third (and final) in a series of blog posts that will explore records held by the Utah State Archives that help illuminate the story of Utah’s role in the larger western movement to tame and develop the Colorado River as a vital resource in the arid west. ENVISIONING THE CENTRAL UTAH PROJECT Due to circumstances of geology …