Archives News, August 2006
Changes Made to Utah SRC
Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., made two appointments to the seven-member Utah State Records Committee (SRC) in July. The appointments were confirmed by the State Senate during the July 19 legislative interim session.
Carol Heales (Murray City Recorder) was appointed as the political subdivision elected official, replacing LuAnn Adams (Box Elder County Clerk/Recorder). Dixie Brunner (editor, Southern Utah News) was reappointed as the news media representative.
Continuing members include Carl R. Albrecht (general manager and CEO, Garkane Power Association, Inc.), citizen representative, and Scott Whittaker (vice president, File Center, Inc.), private sector records manager. Standing members include: Patricia Smith-Mansfield (State Archivist), Governor's designee, as committee chairman; Betsy Ross, State Auditor's designee; and Linda Thatcher, Division of State History designee.David Geary, Assistant Attorney General, serves as legal counsel to the Committee. Maren Jeppsen of the Utah State Archives serves as executive secretary.
The SRC meets at least quarterly to approve the retentions and dispositions of record series generated by state and local government entities. The committee also serves as an appeals board when access to records has been denied by the originating agency.
Digital collections available online
The Utah State Archives began a comprehensive digital program in 2006 with an appropriation from the Utah State Legislature to help purchase hardware and software. It is planned to fully integrate the digitization process into the regular work of preserving and making government records available. Online collections may be viewed at http://historyresearch.utah.gov/digital/.
Family history research guide available
A new online research guide highlighting collections useful to family historians using the resources of the Utah History Research Center has been prepared. The URL is http://historyresearch.utah.gov/guides/familyhistory.htm.
Utah State Archives staff news
Tony Castro was hired as a reference archivist in May 2006. Tony originally was hired as a microfilm camera operator in August 2005.
Maren Jeppsen was hired June 3 as a records analyst and will also serve as executive secretary of the State Records Committee. Maren comes to the Archives from the Division of State History where she held positions in the Utah History Information Center and as an information specialist. Before coming to work for the state, she served as a senior reference librarian at the Family History Library for 19 years. She is also an Accredited Genealogistcm. Maren began her career as an educator in the Utah public school system and holds a current Utah K-12 teaching certificate.
Justin McFadden, a records analyst and executive secretary of the State Records Committee, resigned June 30, 2005 after one year at the archives. Justin has re-located to California where he is working for law firm.
Janell B. Tuttle, a records analyst, resigned August 18 after two years with the archives. Janell and her husband and children have moved to Provo, Utah.
Susan Larson Mumford was added to the Archives staff as a records analyst July 17, 2006. Susan, a native of Oregon, took painting and creative writing courses at the University of Oregon, and lived a year in Mexico, attending the University of Mexico, D.F. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Spanish/English degree and a secondary teaching certificate, she taught for two years and then worked for the Community Action Program in Midvale, Utah. After operating an art and frame store for 16 years, she returned to school and received a MLS degree from Emporia State University in December 2005. She worked part-time for the Salt Lake County Library System and the Ephraim, Utah, library for the past four years.
Jim Kichas, processing and reference archivist, attended the 20th Western Archives Institute in San Diego, June 18-30.
Patricia Smith-Mansfield, director of State Archives; Brandon Metcalf, processing and reference archivist; and Rosemary Cundiff, records analyst, attended the 2006 Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C., July 31-August 6.