Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 1198

This Is The Place Monument Commission Administrative records

Dates: 1932-1976.

1.05 cubic feet and 1 microfiche setSkip to Containers

These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

This series documents work done by the This is the Place Monument Commission to construct a historic monument at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City. This location was of historic significance as it marked the end of the 1,300 mile Mormon Trail. The monument commission was actively involved in overseeing planning, design and construction of the monument in the throughout the 1930's and 1940's. This work culminated in a cornerstone ceremony at the site of the monument on April 5, 1947. In 1951 the Monument was placed under State control and the Utah Historical Society was tasked with overseeing its management. Eventually this duty would fall on the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation.

The first two boxes in this series contain records that directly pertain to the This is the Place Monument. They include correspondence to/from Taylor Woolley who served as the landscape architect on the project, as well as correspondence to/from sculptor Mahonri Young, who was responsible for much of the artwork found on the monument. Other records in these boxes include photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, magazines, programs, pamphlets, and reports.

The third box in this series contains the contents from the in-basket of Taylor Wooley from his service as landscape architect on the project. In addition to This is the Place Monument materials, it also includes records pertaining to the Beason Memorial Chapel in Memorial Grove (Woolley worked on both projects). This box also contains information gathered by Woolley on Mahonri Young, photographs of various locales and sculptures, newspaper clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, and reports.

Lastly, this series includes one set of records on microfiche, which provide a summary of details related to a 1975 attempt by the State of Utah to exchange State Park property at This is the Place Monument for property in East Canyon. The State's goal was to acquire portions of the Pioneer Trail for preservation purposes. The records on microfiche include a report from the private Oak Hills Association to Utah Representative Garth Jones stating a case why land from This is the Place Monument should not be used in such a trade. The seven page report that accompanies the letter includes sections entitled: Proposed Land Exchange (page 1); History (page 2); "The Trade" (page 3); Legal Considerations (page 4); "Why Not?" (page 5); Conclusion (page 6); and Map (page 7).

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Related Records

Correspondence from the Governor Blood, Series 186, contains correspondence to and from Governor Blood pertaining to work by the This Is The Place Monument Commission.

Correspondence from the Governor Lee, Series 211, contains correspondence to and from Governor Lee pertaining to work by the This Is The Place Monument Commission.

Correspondence from the Mormon Battalion Monument Commission, Series 1141, contains correspondence on another historic monument similar to This Is The Place Monument.

Administrative records from the Mormon Battalion Monument Commission, Series 1155, contains records to build another historic monument similar to work done at This Is The Place Monument.

Scrapbook and Newspaper Clippings from the Mormon Battalion Monument Commission, Series 25156, contains scrapbooks and news clippings that were used to plan and design another historic monument similar to This Is The Place Monument.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

Microfiche holdings require staff assistance due to fewer reference copies. Handle masters under supervision.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Microfiche processed by Rebekkah Shaw under the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to the Utah State Archives and Records Services for the Utah Microfiche Backlog Project (Grant No.: NAR10-RB-50086-10). July 2010 - December 2011

Processing of physical records in this series, and creation of this finding aid, was completed by Jim Kichas in October 2014.

Indexing Terms

    Container List

    BOX FOLDER DATE DESCRIPTION
    1 1 1932-1963 Taylor Woolley (Architect and Planner) Monument Photographs
    2 1 1938-1956 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Correspondence
    2 2 1938-1957 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Newspaper Clippings
    2 3 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Photographs
    2 4 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Photographs
    2 5 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Maps
    2 6 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Drawing and Notes
    2 7 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Inscriptions
    2 8 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Magazines, Programs, Pamphlets, and Reports
    2 9 1932-1963 This Is The Place Monument Commission - Magazines, Programs, Pamphlets, and Reports
    3 1 1939-1951 Taylor Wooley Records - Meditation Chapel Records
    3 2 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Meditation Chapel Photographs
    3 3 1951-1956 Taylor Wooley Records - Meditation Chapel Newspaper Clippings
    3 4 1932-1957 Taylor Wooley Records - Mahonri Young News Clippings
    3 5 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Mahonri Young Sculpture Photographs
    3 6 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Photographs: Aerial Views
    3 7 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Photographs: L.A. Temple Sculptures
    3 8 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Photographs: Utah State Capitol
    3 9 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Photographs: Miscellaneous Sculptures
    3 10 1932-1956 Taylor Wooley Records - Newspaper Clippings
    3 11 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Miscellaneous Correspondence, Pamphlets, and Reports
    3 12 1932-1963 Taylor Wooley Records - Miscellaneous Correspondence, Pamphlets, and Reports
    FICHE-SET DATE DESCRIPTION
    1 1976 This Is The Place Monument Park - Matters Relevant to the Proposed Exchange of Park Property