Division of Archives and Records Service

Archives Month programs planned

Gina Strack
September 22, 2008

The Utah State Archives will observe Utah Archives Month throughout October with weekly events each Wednesday. The statewide theme for 2008 is “Documenting Utah: Political History, Public Policy, and Archives.”

Three classes geared to family historians will be offered on alternating weeks.

  • Danielle L. Batson, MLS, AG (LDS Family History Library), will present a class on using United States naturalization records, on October 1, at noon.
  • Susan Whetstone, photograph curator at the Utah Historical Society, will provide instruction on preserving photographs on October 15, at 5 p.m.
  • “Wake the Dead,” a popular class on family history sources and research in Utah, will be presented on October 29, at 5 p.m. A tour of the research center is included.

The Archives will host the annual Utah fall caucus of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists on October 8. The keynote address for day-long gathering will be “Massacre at Mountain Meadows: New Sources and Understandings,” presented by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, Jr., and Glen M. Leonard. Also on the agenda are “‘Order in the Court!’: Processing Utah’s Historic Fifth District,” presented by Jim Kichas, Utah State Archives; and “Archival Research and the Restoration of the Utah State Capitol,” by Charles Shepherd, historical architect, Capitol Restoration Group. A tour of the restored capitol is scheduled. An exhibit of capitol artifacts is on display in the lobby of the Archives building.

Training for the Regional Repositories program under the direction of the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board is set on October 22. Scheduled instruction will include “Basics of Archives,” presented by Rosemary Cundiff and Janell Tuttle, Utah State Archives, and “How to Evaluate and Build a Digital Collection,” presented by Jamie J. Weeks, Assistant to the University Librarian, Weber State University Stewart Library.

Because of limited seating, advance registration is required for the CIMA caucus on October 8 and for the regional repository training on October 22. CIMA members may RSVP by contacting Brandon Metcalf (Utah State Archives) at or 801-531-3842. To RSVP for the regional repository training, contact Janell Tuttle (Utah State Archives) at or 801-531-3864.

All events will be held in the Courtyard Meeting Room in the State Archives Building, 346 S. Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City.

Information about these and other events is listed in the calendar on the Utah Archives Month website,