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Guest post by Archives and Records Service volunteer Dani Newton.   I came to volunteer at the Utah State Archives and R...
08/01/2017
Looking back on the Labor Commission

Guest post by Archives and Records Service volunteer Dani Newton. I came to volunteer at the Utah State Archives and Records Service through a class I took this semester at Salt Lake Community College. We were required to spend a few hours every week at an archives and help with any projects. I also had to pick my own research project and write a paper. [ 1,076 more word ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/looking-back-on-the-labor-commission/

Guest post by Archives and Records Service volunteer Dani Newton.   I came to volunteer at the Utah State Archives and Records Service through a class I took this semester at Salt Lake Community Co…

Tricia’s time with the Utah State Archives has affected more than just policy and programs. This week I spent some time ...
07/28/2017
Goodbye and Good Luck!

Tricia’s time with the Utah State Archives has affected more than just policy and programs. This week I spent some time with our employees trying to understand the impact she has had on their lives. When asked what they will miss most about working with Tricia, employees’ responses varied. Many commented on Tricia’s knowledge and her ability to defend the Archives and the laws that govern our state’s records management. [ 269 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/goodbye-and-good-luck/

Tricia’s time with the Utah State Archives has affected more than just policy and programs. This week I spent some time with our employees trying to understand the impact she has had on their lives…

Alan Barnett, our Reference Room Manager, has stated, “From the beginning Tricia pushed the staff to establish better in...
07/26/2017
Patricia Smith-Mansfield Transformed the Utah State Archives

Alan Barnett, our Reference Room Manager, has stated, “From the beginning Tricia pushed the staff to establish better intellectual control of the collection, everything as it moved to the new Archives building, emphasized the key objective of open public access to records, and worked for a more efficient, streamlined process for scheduling records.” Tricia understood that the State Archives is more than just the keeper of governmental records. [ 300 more words ]

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Alan Barnett, our Reference Room Manager, has stated, “From the beginning Tricia pushed the staff to establish better intellectual control of the collection, [we inventoried] everything as it moved…

As we spend our last week with Patricia Smith-Mansfield we are reminded of the great work she has done for our instituti...
07/25/2017
The Impact of Patricia Smith-Mansfield

As we spend our last week with Patricia Smith-Mansfield we are reminded of the great work she has done for our institution. Over the years, Tricia has steered the Utah State Archives and Records Service through a number of difficult situations and we want to highlight some of the great initiatives she has spearheaded. Tricia’s clear direction has pushed the Archives to new levels of professionalism among the staff, in our procedures, in our customer service, in our intellectual control of the collection, and in our planning for future challenges. [ 224 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/the-impact-of-patricia-smith-mansfield/

As we spend our last week with Patricia Smith-Mansfield we are reminded of the great work she has done for our institution. Over the years, Tricia has steered the Utah State Archives and Records Se…

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of our long-time director Patricia Smith-Mansfield. Tricia has...
07/24/2017
Patricia Smith-Mansfield is retiring.

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of our long-time director Patricia Smith-Mansfield. Tricia has played a vital role in guiding the Utah State Archives for the last 14 years. Her knowledge, leadership, and fun personality will dearly be missed. At the same time, we are excited for her as she embarks on the next phase in her life--maybe she can finally find enough time for her art. [ 38 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/patricia-smith-mansfield-is-retiring/

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of our long-time director Patricia Smith-Mansfield. Tricia has played a vital role in guiding the Utah State Archives for the last 14 years…

In July of 1897 Utahns gathered to celebrate the Pioneer Jubilee. This was not the first time people had celebrated the ...
07/20/2017
The Beginning of History in Utah

In July of 1897 Utahns gathered to celebrate the Pioneer Jubilee. This was not the first time people had celebrated the anniversary of the Mormon Pioneers entering the Great Salt Lake Valley. Anniversary events reportedly had been happening for years. Yet, it was the first time that Utahns began to look at the event as a celebration of history rather than an anniversary. [ 357 more words ]

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In July of 1897 Utahns gathered to celebrate the Pioneer Jubilee. This was not the first time people had celebrated the anniversary of the Mormon Pioneers entering the Great Salt Lake Valley.  Anni…

Meet the Reformatting Team By Brian Carpenter As part of Utah’s Public Service Recognition Week, we want to honor the me...
05/12/2017
Public Service Recognition Week: Meet the Reformatting Team

Meet the Reformatting Team By Brian Carpenter As part of Utah’s Public Service Recognition Week, we want to honor the men and women of the Utah State Archives and Records Service who work to ensure the management and preservation of and access to our governmental records. The preservation/reformatting section is responsible for a variety of reformatting processes used for the long-term preservation and easy access of essential documents or images. [ 626 more words ]

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Meet the Reformatting Team By Brian Carpenter As part of Utah’s Public Service Recognition Week, we want to honor the men and women of the Utah State Archives and Records Service who work to ensure…

As the manager of two programs at the Archives, I want to highlight the dedicated employees who work with me in our Rese...
05/11/2017
Public Service Recognition Week: Meet the Reference Staff and the Regional Program Staff

As the manager of two programs at the Archives, I want to highlight the dedicated employees who work with me in our Research Center and with our Regional Coordination Program. The Archives reference team is made up of individuals assigned the task of assisting the public in our Research Center. They greet patrons with a friendly smile and do their best to help them locate records in the Archives collection. [ 301 more words ]

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As the manager of two programs at the Archives, I want to highlight the dedicated employees who work with me in our Research Center and with our Regional Coordination Program. The Archives referenc…

As part of Utah's Public Service Recognition Week, we want to honor the men and women of the Utah State Archives and Rec...
05/09/2017
Public Service Recognition Week: Meet the Archives and Patron Services Section

As part of Utah's Public Service Recognition Week, we want to honor the men and women of the Utah State Archives and Records Service who work to ensure the management and preservation of and access to our governmental records. The Archives and Patron Services section of the State Archives is tasked with ensuring that the permanent records of state government are preserved and accessible to the public. [ 513 more words ]

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As part of Utah’s Public Service Recognition Week, we want to honor the men and women of the Utah State Archives and Records Service who work to ensure the management and preservation of and …

Governor Gary Herbert has declared May 7-13 to be “Public Service Recognition Week.” Here at the Utah State Archives and...
05/08/2017
Public Service Recognition Week

Governor Gary Herbert has declared May 7-13 to be “Public Service Recognition Week.” Here at the Utah State Archives and Records Service we wanted to honor the men and women who work diligently to assist Utah governmental agencies in the efficient management of their records, to preserve those records of enduring value, and to provide quality access to public information. [ 53 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/public-service-recognition-week/

Governor Gary Herbert has declared May 7-13 to be “Public Service Recognition Week.” Here at the Utah State Archives and Records Service we wanted to honor the men and women who work diligently to …

Usually you wouldn’t expect to find humor in official records, but when it comes to a small town where everyone knows ev...
05/05/2017
Official Record With a Joke on the Inside

Usually you wouldn’t expect to find humor in official records, but when it comes to a small town where everyone knows everyone else, a few inside jokes are bound to slip in. This birth certificate documents the birth of Albert Bonelli in Tooele in 1906. The form was filled out by the local registrar, John Tate, who obviously had a sense of humor and must have been a friend of the Bonellis. [ 129 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/official-record-with-a-joke-on-the-inside/

Usually you wouldn’t expect to find humor in official records, but when it comes to a small town where everyone knows everyone else, a few inside jokes are bound to slip in. This birth certificate …

Often in this day and age the public feels, sometimes rightly so, that their information is too readily available online...
05/02/2017
Choose Privacy Week: The Archivist’s Perspective

Often in this day and age the public feels, sometimes rightly so, that their information is too readily available online. To help combat that fear, the American Library Association has created Choose Privacy Week, an “annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole.” [ 525 more words ]

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Often in this day and age the public feels, sometimes rightly so, that their information is too readily available online. To help combat that fear, the American Library Association has created Choo…

Every year on May 1st, the Society of American Archivists focuses on how institutions can plan to preserve their collect...
05/01/2017
MayDay, MayDay!

Every year on May 1st, the Society of American Archivists focuses on how institutions can plan to preserve their collections in the event of an emergency. This year, the Utah State Archives and Records Service was able to participate in this nationwide campaign in a variety of ways. On April 20, 2017, Archives Staff participated in Utah’s annual earthquake drill ( [ 397 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/mayday-mayday

Every year on May 1st, the Society of American Archivists focuses on how institutions can plan to preserve their collections in the event of an emergency. This year, the Utah State Archives and Rec…

This week has been designated as Preservation Week by the American Library Association. This designation is a chance to ...
04/27/2017
Preserving Your Historical Family Records

This week has been designated as Preservation Week by the American Library Association. This designation is a chance to highlight the importance of preserving items worthy of passing on to future generations. These items are held in thousands of museums, libraries and archival institutions, as well as in many family collections. Here at the State Archives it is a core part of our job to preserve the records of government in Utah for the future. [ 442 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/preserving-your-historical-family-records

  This week has been designated as Preservation Week by the American Library Association. This designation is a chance to highlight the importance of preserving items worthy of passing on to f…

Endangered Data A healthy democracy relies on an active and informed citizenry, which in turn depends on transparent gov...
04/19/2017
Endangered Data Week

Endangered Data A healthy democracy relies on an active and informed citizenry, which in turn depends on transparent government and open access to information. Today, this reality is under constant threat, whether from the fragile nature of digital data or the ongoing risk that information can be easily removed from the public domain. Threats like these demand a greater awareness and accountability from both engaged citizens and the institutions that exist to serve the public good. [ 693 more words ]

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Endangered Data A healthy democracy relies on an active and informed citizenry, which in turn depends on transparent government and open access to information. Today, this reality is under constant…

It's Sunshine Week, also known as the week- long, nationwide celebration of access to public government information via ...
03/13/2017
Spread the Sunshine!

It's Sunshine Week, also known as the week- long, nationwide celebration of access to public government information via Sunshine Laws. Sunshine laws are those laws that secure government transparency. These laws are fundamental to self government. They provide empowerment to our people, accountability to our government employees, and build the public trust. Utah has two key laws to provide transparency: [ 266 more words ]

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It’s Sunshine Week, also known as the week- long, nationwide celebration of access to public government information via Sunshine Laws. Sunshine laws are those laws that secure government tran…

As the 2017 Legislative Session winds up, we'd like to highlight some relevant legislative publications that have been u...
03/07/2017
Legislative Publications

As the 2017 Legislative Session winds up, we'd like to highlight some relevant legislative publications that have been updated recently. It's always best to start with a Research Guide, such as Legislative History or Legislative Records Overview. The Unannotated Code is the complete, codified law statutes reflecting changes in the most recent session. It has been published since 1982. [ 168 more words ]

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As the 2017 Legislative Session winds up, we’d like to highlight some relevant legislative publications that have been updated recently. It’s always best to start with a Research Guide,…

The original Federal Census Population Schedule for Weber County from 1850 is now online. This census represents the fir...
03/03/2017
1850 Weber County Census Online

The original Federal Census Population Schedule for Weber County from 1850 is now online. This census represents the first time that Weber County and the rest of Utah Territory was enumerated by the federal government. The series is significant, in part, because it was previously believed by many that the 1850 census for Utah was only taken on handmade forms and that Utah did not have access to the federal forms. [ 53 more words ]

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/1850-weber-county-census-online

The original Federal Census Population Schedule for Weber County from 1850 is now online. This census represents the first time that Weber County and the rest of Utah Territory was enumerated by th…

Correspondence, memorandum, meeting minutes, photographs, and reports from the various investigators and agencies involv...
03/01/2017
Dept. of Health Sheep Radiation Studies Online

Correspondence, memorandum, meeting minutes, photographs, and reports from the various investigators and agencies involved with the sheep death investigations that took place in Cedar City in 1953 and 1954 are now online. The study papers and compiled reports found here were collected by the Utah Department of Health, and highlight the questions surrounding radioactive fallout from the Nevada Test Site and its contributing role in the heavy losses of sheep in 1953 among herds that were wintered in areas downwind of the site. [ 29 more words ]

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Correspondence, memorandum, meeting minutes, photographs, and reports from the various investigators and agencies involved with the sheep death investigations that took place in Cedar City in 1953 …

Currently there are eleven officially recognized regional repositories throughout the state.  The regional repositories ...
03/01/2017
Regional Repository Statewide Forum

Currently there are eleven officially recognized regional repositories throughout the state. The regional repositories are authorized to collect, process, preserve and make available historical records for research and study by the public. Working together with institutions throughout the state, the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board is committed to preserving Utah’s historical records for future generations. On March 30, 2017 representatives of these repositories will be meeting at the Utah State Archives to learn, exchange ideas, and plan for the future of the program.

https://archivesresearch.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/regional-repository-statewide-forum

Currently there are eleven officially recognized regional repositories throughout the state.  The regional repositories are authorized to collect, process, preserve and make available historical re…

Visitors to the Research Center on March 1-2, 2017 will not be able to retrieve records from the collection due to sched...
02/22/2017
Records Retrieval Maintenance March 1-2, 2017

Visitors to the Research Center on March 1-2, 2017 will not be able to retrieve records from the collection due to scheduled maintenance. Please plan on visiting either before or after to access records that are not in the Research Center itself. For questions, you may call (801) 245-7227.

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Visitors to the Research Center on March 1-2, 2017 will not be able to retrieve records from the collection due to scheduled maintenance. Please plan on visiting either before or after to access re…

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