Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 84209

Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Agreements and leases

Dates: 1923-1954.

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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

Agreements and leases were recorded by the county recorder when certain privileges were granted to one party while the other party retained property ownership or when two parties wanted to make an agreement between them official. Many kinds of leases and agreements are contained in these books, however, the majority of records involve mineral rights. In accordance with a 1920 Congressional act designed to promote the mining of coal, phosphate, oil, oil shale, or gas and sodium on the public domain, (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XLI, part 1, chap. 85) individuals or corporations could obtain prospecting permits on the public land which entitled them to extract coal or other mineral deposits. In addition to prospecting permits, Washington County lease and agreement books contain numerous documents granting one individual the right to enter to procure oil, gas, or minerals while another individual retains ownership and the right to use the land for agricultural purposes. Documents in these books define who is leasing from whom; describe the property being leased; define the covenant or agreement and its terms; identify encumbrances, benefits, royalties; and define both lessee and lessor privileges and responsibilities. Other issues which may be discussed include liens, who will pay taxes, and compensation in case of damages.

Certain corporate or individual names appear frequently in the lease and agreement books. These include several oil companies such as Virgin Dome Oil Company, Utah Oil Refining Company, Continental Oil Company (CONOCO), Sinclair and Standard Oil Companies. Book 7 contains numerous leases involving the United States Atomic Energy Commission and uranium mining. While most of the leases and agreements deal with oil, gas or uranium, documents in these books relate to many issues. Agreements include such things as prenuptial agreements, agreements between partners in business, and agreements between corporations, such as an agreement between Dixie Power Company and Veyo Irrigation Company about water use. Leases include a wide variety of things, such as land leases for agriculture or a federal government lease of space in the Saint George Tabernacle for a post office.

Arrangement

Chronological in the order recorded.

Related Records

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain leases and agreements recorded after 1954.

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, contain chronological histories of each property and indicate book and page numbers where leases and agreements were recorded.

Water certificates and deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23251, contain leases and agreements recorded before 1923.

Deeds (Washington) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23262, contain leases and agreements recorded before 1923.

Deeds (Silver Reef) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23263, contain leases and agreements recorded before 1923.

Deeds (Pine Valley) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23264, contain agreements and leases recorded before 1923.

Deeds (Toquerville) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23265, contain agreements and leases recorded before 1923.

Deeds (Saint George) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23286, contain agreements and leases recorded before 1923.

Miscellaneous records index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23468, provides reference to leases and agreements by surname of both parties.

Mining deeds from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23669, contain additional oil an gas leases.

Abstracts (mines) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23670, provide chronological histories of each mining claim, indicating book and page where leases or agreements involving mining claims were recorded.

Powers of attorney index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23685, provides an index to powers of attorney recorded in this series.

Mining notices of location from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 81372, contain numerous placer claims for petroleum.

Grantee indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82703, provide reference to documents in this series by the surname of leasee.

Grantor indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82704, provide reference to documents in this series by the surname of leasor.

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

Washington County agreement and lease books were microfilmed by the Utah State Archives in September 1973 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in June 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Indexes, which reference both lessee and lessor, appear at the beginning of books 3-7.

Indexing Terms

  • Leases--Washington County (Utah).
  • Washington County (Utah)--Mining leases.
  • Washington County (Utah)--Mineral rights.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1923 Jul-1927 Mar; Book 1
1 1927 Apr; Book 2
1 1927 Apr-1930 Sep; Book 3
1 1930 Sep-1932 Mar; Book 4, pages 1-265
2 1932 Mar-1937 Oct; Book 4, continued
2 1937 Oct-1948 Nov; Book 5
2 1948 Dec-1949 May; Book 6, pages 1-170
3 1949 May-1951 Apr; Book 6, continued
3 1951 Apr-1954 Dec; Book 7