Utah Archives Month2012

ARCHIVES MONTH is an annual event sponsored by archives and special collections from across Utah. Archives showcased include academic, private, corporate, religious and governmental repositories. All events are free and open to the public. Contact the hosting institutions for additional information. For Archives Month events nation-wide, please see American Archives Month coordinated by the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists.

Calendar of Events

Date Institution Event Description
September 27 to October 11 LDS Church History Library Treasures of the Collection open house Featuring The Office of Church Historian and Recorder

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has collected and preserved records from its founding in 1830. The exhibit highlights the efforts of numerous individuals called to the office of Church Historian and Recorder and their key role in documenting the history of the LDS Church and its people. A sampling of the types of records collected over the past two centuries are on display at the LDS Church History Library including early scripture, journals, photographs, publications, and documents that illustrate the record keeping efforts of past and current Church Historians.

Monday - Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

See history.lds.org for more information.
October Salt Lake County Archives I Found It in the Archives In celebration of American Archives Month, the Salt Lake County Archives will be highlighting fascinating record discoveries made by patrons using the County record collections. These “I Found It in the Archives” stories will be featured on our blog throughout the month of October.

Follow the blog at slcoarchives.wordpress.com.

For more information, please contact the Salt Lake County Archives at 385-468-0820.
October 1 Utah State Archives Randy Silverman: Year of the Newspaper With more than 1,300,000 pages of Utah newspapers now scanned it is feared the convenience of digital access will doom the surviving paper copies to the trash where they will be lost to future generations of researchers. Marriott Library, Lee Library, Utah State Archives, and Utah Press Association are working together to help prevent this irreparable loss. Randy will speak on the importance of this project as well as methods for individuals and institutions to participate.

Randy Silverman has worked in the field of book conservation since 1978. He has served as the Preservation Librarian at the University of Utah's Marriott Library since 1993 and is a member of the University’s Emergency Operations Center. He has and holds a masters degree in Library Science and teaches as adjunct faculty for Emporia State University and the University of Arizona. As a member of the Western States Preservation Assistance Service he teaches Disaster Preparedness workshops in Utah, Wyoming, and Montana and in 2007 was awarded the Utah Humanities Council’s “Human Ties Award.”

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 5 Utah State University Jack London Exhibition opening Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, Utah

Friday, October 5 from 2-4 p.m.
Gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Contact Liz.Kline@usu.edu or (435) 797-2663
October 12 Utah State Archives Cevan LeSieur: "The Avenues of Salt Lake City" Salt Lake City’s oldest residential historic district is a neighborhood known as the Avenues. During the late nineteenth century this area was home to many of the most influential citizens of Salt Lake City. Built from 1860 until 1930, it contains a mix of middle and upper middle class homes of varying architectural styles. This architectural diversity makes the Avenues unique among Utah's historic districts. For the past thirty years, as citizens have rediscovered the value of living in historic properties near downtown and the University of Utah, preservation efforts have soared in the area.

In 1980, the Avenues was established as a historic district and the Utah Historical Society published The Avenues of Salt Lake City. That book’s authors, Karl T. Haglund and Philip F. Notarianni, gleaned much about the area’s history by using information found on the historic district applications. This newly revised edition of The Avenues of Salt Lake City by Cevan J. LeSieur updates the original with a greatly expanded section on the historic homes in the neighborhood, including more than 600 new photos, and additional material covering the history of the Avenues since 1980.

The book is designed so that readers can take it along as a guide when exploring the neighborhoods. All the pictures of Avenues homes are accompanied with architectural information and brief histories of the properties. This volume makes a valuable resource for those interested in the history of the Avenues and its diverse architecture, and for anyone interested in Utah history, Utah architecture, and historic preservation.

Cevan Lesieur is a native of Salt Lake City and a resident of the Avenues neighborhood where he and his wife Heather have restored two homes.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 12 SAA, Weber State, and the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) Preserving Digital Archives: Concepts and Competencies Workshop What do you need to know to preserve born-digital materials successfully once they’ve crossed the archives threshold? With an emphasis on modern records and technology, you’ll learn about the concepts and competencies you need to construct and administer digital archives. You’ll examine accepted digital archives models and implementations and emerging standards of practice, as well as preservation metadata schemas and their use in digital archives.

Who should attend? Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials.

For complete session and registration information please visit the conference website.
October 13 Southern Utah University Sherratt Library Gala "All Aboard!"

The Friends of the Sherratt Library invite you to "An Evening with Friends."

Celebrate 150 years of the Union Pacific, 89 years of the Utah Parks Company, and 50 years of the Sherratt Library's Special Collections.

There will be Sing-a-ways, UP & UPC historic photo exhibits, SUU String quartet, SUU Jazz Band, dancing with the SUU Ballroom Dance team, hors d'odeuvres and dessert.

October 13, 2012
6:30 to 9:00 pm
$10.00 per person
October 15 Utah State Archives Brock Cheney: "Plain But Wholesome" "Plain But Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers" presents a groundbreaking foray into Mormon history. Brock Cheney explores the foodways of Mormon pioneers from their trek west through the arrival of the railroad and reveals new perspectives on the fascinating Mormon settlement era. Relying on original diaries, newspaper accounts, and recipe books from the 1850's, Cheney draws a vivid portrait of what Mormon pioneers ate and drank. Although other authors have sketched the subject before, this portrait is the first effort that might be described as scholarly, though the lively prose will interest a broad general audience.

Presented here are the first explicit descriptions of the menus, food processes, and recipes of the Mormon pioneers. While many have supposed that earlier pioneer foodways continued to be handed down through Mormon families, Cheney has confirmed traditions going back generations and covering more than a century. The book also exposes myths and cliches about pioneer piety and hardships, as Cheney examines such pioneer extravagances as fresh "oysters on the half shell" and pioneer trends of alcohol consumption.

A perfect gift for the history buff or Dutch oven chef, "Plain But Wholesome" will also prove its place among scholars and historians. With its rollicking blend of historical source material and modern interpretation, this book will entertain and educate novice and expert alike.

Brock Cheney teaches writing and literature in Utah's public schools and has worked at several living history museums in Utah and Colorado. he lives in Willard, Utah, where he keeps a vegetable garden and bakes bread in his wood-fired brick oven.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 19 Utah State Archives Jim Kichas: "Utah's MX Moment" Did you know that in the late 1970's the Great Basin region of Nevada and Utah nearly became home to the largest human construction project on Earth? The proposed MX missile system would have not only have militarized a huge section of the American West, but fundamentally altered the environment and various ways of life that have emerged in the region. Join us for a presentation that will explore records found in the Utah State Archives that help illuminate Utah's "MX moment" and give voice to the various people and places that would have been impacted by its creation.

James Kichas is a processing and reference archivist for the Utah State Archives. Jim spent his first seven months with the archives processing the records of former Utah governors Herbert Maw and Scott Matheson (where he first learned the details of MX). Over the last nine years Jim has processed a wide variety of records in the Utah State Archives collection, helped administer an NHPRC grant focused on bringing physical and intellectual control over Utah’s historic court records, and provided reference assistance to the public in the Utah History Research Center. In the fall of 2010 Jim began work on a master’s degree in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. His masters’ project work is focused on a set of records held by the State Archives related to the MX Missile System, and is scheduled for completion in fall 2012.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 20 Weber State University Utah Construction/Utah International White Glove Event A generous gift from BHP Billiton Ltd. has increased the size of our Utah Construction/Utah International Collection five times, making it one of the largest single archival collections in the United States.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. in the Stewart Library Special Collections to experience the history of this company hands-on. There will be photograph exhibits documenting the history of the founding families in Ogden along with "One Dam Things After Another: Utah Construction, Dam, and the West" as part of WSU's "Water Works."

For more information, call Special Collections at 801-626-6540 or visit ucc.weber.edu
October 26 Utah State Historical Society Matt Basso: "Men At Work" As part of Roosevelt’s New Deal program of the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided relief jobs to millions of Americans. One facet of the WPA was the hiring of men and women to document the history and folklore of America so as to capture the “soul” of the nation. While researching at the Montana Historical Society Research Center more than a decade ago, historian Matthew Basso stumbled upon copies of six stories that had been submitted for inclusion in a volume titled Men at Work. They arrived too late to be considered. Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) staff had already chosen thirty-four stories from submissions across the country and the volume was nearing publication. In the end, however, that publication was waylaid by the eruption of World War II and the manuscript was forgotten. Now, Basso is bringing these rediscovered stories to their intended audience—the American people.

Works of fiction that have a creative nonfiction feel, these narratives stem from direct observation of or participation in the work described and offer portraits of Americans from diverse ethnic backgrounds who labored in jobs as varied as logging, mining, fruit packing, and rodeo riding. The writers, directed by editor Harold Rosenberg, also represent a variety of backgrounds and experience. Some, like Jack Conroy, Jim Thompson, and Chester Himes, became strong voices in the literary world. The vivid accounts in "Men at Work: Rediscovering Depression-era Stories from the Federal Writers' Project" illuminate the meaning of work during a time when jobs were scarce and manual labor highly valued. With our country once again in financial crisis and workers facing an anemic job market, today’s readers will find these stories especially poignant.

Matthew Basso is an assistant professor of history and gender studies, and director of the American West Center at the University of Utah. He is a coeditor of Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West.

This event will be held at noon in the Zephyr Conference Room, 300 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106.
October 30 Weber State University Weber's Viking Geologist: The Life of Professor John G. Lind The University Archives is pleased to announce the installation of a new exhibit, "Weber's Viking Geologist: The Life of Professor John G. Lind." Born in Sweden, Lind was one of the first teachers at Weber Stake Academy in 1896, and over the course of his career saw the school change from a small LDS high school to a bustling state college. He was the first faculty member with a Ph.D., and was a polymath who taught geology, physical and natural sciences, and Latin. His Scandinavian heritage led to his nickname, "The Viking," but despite his imposing demeanor, he was a beloved teacher who inspired generations of Weber students.

Please stop by on October 30, 2012 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for a reception and viewing of his exhibit and collection. We'll have Scandinavian and geology-themed treats and you'll have the chance to learn about one of the most compelling figures from Weber's past.

For more information please contact Jamie Weeks, Associate Curator of University Archives and Digital Collections at 801-626-6486 or Andrew Rabkin, University Archives Coordinator at 801-626-6388.

Submit Your Event. For questions contact Jim Kichas. Maintained by Utah State Archives and Records Service.

Last updated October 10, 2012

Image: Eighth District Court Unitah County Civil Registers of Action, Utah State Archives Series 27864. Photo by staff.

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