Governor Matheson MX missile records
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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, petitions, reports, publications, speeches, statements, and testimonies regarding the possible basing of the MX ("Missile Experimental") system in Utah. The records reflect the interaction of constituents and federal and state governmental officials in the development of a policy which would accommodate the Carter and Reagan administrations, as well as continue to provide for the safety of Utah citizens. Records in this series were received and retained by Governor Matheson's office.
The possibility of basing the missile system in Utah created so much constituent and state governmental concern that the MX Coordination Office was created in 1979 with a mission of planning for anticipated economic, social, and environmental impacts that the MX system might cause if based and deployed in Utah. The MX Coordination Office was organized by Kent Briggs (Utah State Planning Coordinator and member of Matheson's office staff), funded by the Four Corners Regional Commission, and directed by Ken Olson. The interstate (Utah-Nevada) MX Task Force had been organized earlier, comprised of members of state agencies and local governments most likely to be affected by the MX system. Much of the correspondence in this series relates to the MX Task Force and the MX Coordination Office. It is assumed, however, that the records in this collection were retained by members of the Governor's staff linked to, but not within, the MX Coordination Office.
Alphabetical by document type, thereunder alphabetical by subject.
Speeches from the Governor Matheson, Series 4455, for copies of various speeches and statements that Matheson made regarding the MX system
Federal correspondence from the Governor Matheson, Series 4530, for additional materials regarding federal-state interactions during this time
MX reference records from the Governor's Office. Office of Planning and Budget, Series 11927, for in-depth information on the MX missile system
This series is available on microfilm.
Microfiche holdings require staff assistance due to fewer reference copies. Handle masters under supervision.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
This series will be microfilmed and the hard copy will be kept because of the intrinsic value of the papers. It was processed by Kira Robertson in July 2001.
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
|1||1||1||Agency briefing materials; 1982|
|1||1||2||Correspondence; congressional; 1979-1982|
|1||1||3||Correspondence; constituent; 1979, Sep-Nov|
|1||1||4||Correspondence; constituent; 1979, Dec|
|1||1||5||Correspondence; constituent; 1980, Jan|
|1||1||6||Correspondence; constituent; 1980, Feb 1-15|
|1||1||7||Correspondence; constituent; 1980, Feb 18-28|
|1||1||8||Correspondence; constituent; 1980, Mar-Dec|
|1||1||9||Correspondence; constituent; 1981|
|1||1||10||Correspondence; federal; 1979|
|2||1||11||Correspondence; federal; 1980|
|2||1||12||Correspondence; federal; 1981|
|2||1||13||Correspondence; federal; 1982-1983|
|2||1||14||Correspondence; Four Corners Regional Commission; 1979-1981|
|2||1||15||Correspondence; general; 1978-1979|
|2||1||16||Correspondence; general; 1980, Jan-Mar|
|2||1||17||Correspondence; general; 1980, Apr-Dec|
|2||1||18||Correspondence; general; 1981-1982|
|2||1||19||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1979|
|2||1||20||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1980, Jan-Mar|
|3||1||21||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1980, Apr-May|
|3||1||22||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1980, Jun|
|3||2||1||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1980, Jul-Oct|
|3||2||2||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1980, Nov-Dec|
|3||2||3||Correspondence; MX Coordination Office/MX Task Force; 1981|
|3||2||4||Correspondence; MX Information Center; 1980-1983|
|3||2||5||Correspondence; state agency; 1978-1982|
|3||2||6||Miscellaneous materials; 1979-1981|
|3||2||7||Miscellaneous materials; n.d.|
|3||2||8||Newspaper clippings; 1979-1983|
|4||2||9||Newspaper clippings; n.d.|
|4||2||10||Non-newspaper media and press releases; 1978-1981|
|4||2||13||Reports and publications; 1976|
|4||2||14||Reports and publications; 1979|
|4||2||15||Reports and publications; 1980-1981|
|4||2||16||Speeches, statements, and testimonies; 1979|
|4||2||17||Speeches, statements, and testimonies; 1980|
|4||2||18||Speeches, statements, and testimonies; 1981|