Val at the Archives in 1988

Remembering Val Wilson

Jim Kichas News and Events

Our hearts are hurting as we received word that Val Wilson, a former colleague and friend to many of us at the State Archives, passed away last month.  Val began his career at the State Archives in 1969 and remained on staff until his retirement in 2005—over 36 years! Val was an excellent reference archivist and had an incredible working …

2023 Service Recognition Awards

Lauren Katz News and Events

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is lucky to have a dedicated staff—many of whom have been with us for years! This month we hosted a Service Recognition ceremony to congratulate those who achieved a milestone on their employment with the state in 2023. State Archivist and Division Director Ken Williams presented the awards along with special guest Marvin …

Utah State Archives Wins Big at 2023 CIMA Awards

Lauren Katz News and Events

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service was honored with two awards from the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) at their annual conference last month.  Archival Project Award: Colorado River Compact Project In 2022, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Colorado River Compact, our team digitized over 40,000 records that document the negotiation of the …

Banner with Monica's portrait and the words "State Records Ombudsman"

Meet the New Government Records Ombudsman

Lauren Katz News and Events, Records Management

The Utah State Archives is thrilled to welcome our new Government Records Ombudsman, Monica Minaya! Monica comes to us with a wealth of GRAMA (Government Records Access and Management Act) experience having served as the GRAMA response coordinator for both Unified Police and the Herriman Police Department. Let’s get to know her! Welcome, Monica! What are you expecting in your …

Rosemary and Ken at Rosemary's Retirement party

Happy Retirement, Rosemary!

Lauren Katz News and Events

After over 23 years of public service in state government, Rosemary Cundiff has retired! We celebrated Rosemary with a gathering at the Archives building attended by her family, past colleagues, volunteers, and Records Officers from local government agencies. Over the past two decades, Rosemary has worked in almost all aspects of the State Archives! She started out processing old paper …

Four members of the Local Government team standing in the State Archives Reference Room.

(Re)Introducing the Local Government Team

Heidi Steed News and Events, Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

Here at the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service, our Local Government Team looks a little different these days, as we have welcomed a few new members. We wanted to take a moment to reintroduce ourselves and the unique work we do here at the State Archives. Over the last several years, we’ve been busy listening and learning from …

Welcome to our New Staff!

Lauren Katz News and Events

Over the past few months, the Utah State Archives staff have been sifting through resumes and conducting interviews in order to grow our team! After a competitive and insightful process, we are happy to introduce our new USHRAB (Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board) Executive Secretary and Local Government Archivist and new Reformatting Specialist. Let’s get to know them…. Genesie …

2022 Service Recognition Awards

Lauren Katz News and Events

When asked about our favorite part of working at the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the answer is always the staff! Our team is hardworking, dedicated, and passionate about records access and preservation. In fact, many of our colleagues have been with the Archives for years! This month we gathered to acknowledge and congratulate colleagues who achieved a milestone …