Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 2937

Governor Spry Employment correspondence

Dates: 1908-1909.

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

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

The Constitution of Utah provides that the Governor shall nominate individuals who, with Senate approval, will fill State and district offices. This applies to offices created by the Constitution or that originate by statue, and whose "appointment or election" has not in other ways been planned.

This series consists of letters from applicants who sought state appointments during the Governor's election campaign and first year in office. Typically, they stated their qualifications, describing their experience and sometimes their education. These were frequently accompanied by letters of recommendation and petitions of endorsement from supporters who praised the applicant's character and competence.

Although Democrats occassionally applied for positions, most applicants stated that they were supporters of the Republican Party, and some requested positions based solely on this support. Others emphasized that their appointment would strengthen the party.

The Republican Central Committees of various counties expressed that they would be disappointed if applicants who they supported were not appointed. Counties and districts also stressed the importance of having their communities represented by appointive positions.

Most of the applicants applied for specific positions and expressed that they were seeking the position to be of service to the state. Others emphasized that they would accept any type of position because they were in financial hardship and needed work.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by applicant surname.

Related Records

Correspondence from the Governor Spry, Series 226, contains letters of application for positions received by the Governor after 1909.

Letter books from the Governor Spry, Series 3896, contain replies to job applicants.

Custody History

This series was transferred to the Archives from the Office of the Governor in 1955.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

This series was transferred to the Archives from the Office of the Governor in 1955. Microfilming was redone in 1991. Archival processing was completed during 1990.

Indexing Terms

  • Nominations for office—Utah.
  • Utah—Officials and employees—Selection and appointment.
  • Utah—Politics and government—1908-1909.

Container List

REEL BOX FOLDER DESCRIPTION
1 1 1 Aagard, Neils P.-Austin, Philo W. [34 items]
1 1 2 Beer, William F.-Buys, William [46 items]
1 1 3 Cain, Virgil P.-Christiansen, John F. [40 items]
1 1 4 Cole, James A.-Cromar, H.B. [23 items]
1 1 5 Dickson, G.A.-Droubay, Peter A. [5 items]
1 1 6 Eckersley, Joseph-Engign, A.W. [11 items]
1 1 7 Farnsworth, W.H.-Frisby, Joseph H. [40 items]
1 1 8 Gee, Elias A.-Griffin, C.H. [40 items]
1 1 9 Hardy, Alma-Karl Hopkins [23 items]
1 1 10 Jacobs, H.C.-Judd, Samuel [9 items]
1 1 11 Kesler, Frederick P.-Kulcher, Herman [26 items]
1 1 12 Langenbacher, William-Lyman, William H. [5 items]
1 2 1 Madsen, Brigham -Major, S. Jackson [16 items]
1 2 2 Mann, B.B.-Marsh, Leroy [31 items]
1 2 3 Mathews, Nephi P. [36 items]
1 2 4 Mathews, Nephi P. [24 items]
1 2 5 Mathis, H.G.-Maw, Charles E. [22 items]
1 2 6 McAllister, James G.-Melville, James A. [38 items]
1 2 7 Merrill, Fred W.-Meyers, J.J. [14 items]
1 2 8 Miller, Edward D.-Moyes, Alexander H. [10 items]
1 2 9 Murdock, James-Myton, H.P. [26 items]
1 2 10 Naylor, Raymond C.-Nichols, Quincy B. [6 items]
1 2 11 Odell, Joseph [1 item]
1 2 12 Palmer, Royal A.-Pyne, Herbert S. [28 items]
1 2 13 Rasband, Fred-Rowe, William H. [14 items]
1 2 14 Saxey, John-Swan, D.A. [45 items]
1 2 15 Taylor, J. Edward
2 2 15 Taylor, J. Edward-Tattock, E.W. [36 items]
2 2 16 Tellefsen, T.A.-Timpson, N.S. [21 items]
2 2 17 Walsh, John-Wilson, William G. [55 items]
2 2 18 Winn, T.C.-Winston, Edward [17 items]
2 2 19 Young, A.C.-Zundel, Abraham [4 items]