Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Archives News, August 2010


Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed four members to the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board to full 3-year terms. New members include Robert Goldberg, Julie Fisher, and Valeen H. Brown. Bradford Cole was reappointed.

Goldberg, a history professor at the University of Utah, replaces Jeff Nichols, associate professor of history at Westminster College.

Fisher, a member of Utah House of Representatives from Fruit Heights, replaces Wayne A. Harper of the Utah House of Representatives from West Jordan.

Brown, Piute County Auditor/Clerk and Clerk of Court, Sixth District (Piute County), replaces Samuel Passey, Uintah County Library System director.

Cole is Associate Director for Special Collections and Archives at theUtah State University Merrill-Cazier Library.

Continuing as board members are Jeffery Anderson (LDS Family and Church History Department), Vik Brown (Southern Utah University Library), and Dorothea Grimes (Emery County Archives).


An $80,600 basic processing grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has been awarded to the Utah State Archives to inventory and prepare descriptive information for 73,480 microfiche sheets containing the records of the state legislature, courts, and many executive branch agencies. The 18-month project will eliminate the archives’s microfiche backlog.


Three new employees were hired in July. Heidi Stringham, a former temporary employee with the Archives, became a permanent reference and processing archivist. Heidi, who holds a B.S. in geography and an MLS, previously worked as Public Notice Web Site coordinator and on the GIS grant project. Rebekkah Hibbert was hired as project manager for the microfiche backlog grant project. Rebekkah, who has a BS in history, has been a volunteer at the Archives. Mindy Spring isworking as a records analyst with local governments, counties, municipalities, and special districts. Mindy will also be working on creating a training program, in association with the IPER project, to help state agencies identify and preserve essential records in the event of a disaster.


What began as an effort to update some county probate court information, eventually resulted in the overhaul of two research guides.

The Archives has updated its online public research guides for court records, including probate records, adoption records, the Utah court system (a guide to understand how the different levels of the court system have evolved over time), and divorces.


Archives staff members completed processing of 20 records series during a two-month period covering June-July 2010. Series descriptions and inventories have been posted on the Archives web site. Newly processed records include 15 District Court record series from Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Garfield, Grand, Sevier, and Summit counties; four series from executive department agencies (State History, Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources, and the Olympic Coordinator); and 1 local government record series from Ogden.