Series 12415Governor Bangerter Significant issues correspondence
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This series contains letters to the Governor on issues which generated large quantities of mail from constituents wishing to register their opinions or lobby for a particular action on the part of the Governor. Generally the Governor's office replied with a form letter. At times no attempt was made to respond. Only in the case of the Great Salt Lake flooding issue was an attempt made to respond individually.
Funding issues are a common topic. Construction of a dance building at the University of Utah in 1985; threatened cut-backs in funding to aging services and senior centers in 1986; threatened tax increases, particularly to fund education, and the allotment of funds to dislocated Geneva steel workers in 1987; and arts education funding in 1991; all generated numerous letters from the public. Social issues--abortion legislation in 1991, hazardous waste disposal in 1991, and the call for a constitutional amendment regarding public prayer in 1992--were other common topics. Public prayer letters take up a third of the series. Flooding brought numerous suggestions for remedies from the public, beginning as early as 1983 under Governor Scott Matheson's administration. The subsequent West Desert Pumping Project increased the amount of public comment. While form letters were sometimes used to respond to this topic, even in those instances considerable effort was made to individually tailor the response.
Alphabetical by topic.
Chief of Staff correspondence from the Governor Bangerter, Series 12412, contains policy development files on some of these same subjects.
Office correspondence from the Governor Bangerter, Series 85075, contains correspondence on these and other topics before the point at which enough letters were generated that they became a separate series.
In April of 2018 a file on the Hovenweep National Monument expansion was found at the Governor's office. That file was sent directly to the Archives.
This series is available on microfilm.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
These letters were transferred to the Records Center in 1992 and 1993. The series was scheduled and archivally processed in February 1994.
- West Desert Pumping Project.
- Aged--Services for--Utah.
- Iron and steel workers--Utah.
- Abortion--Law and legislation--Utah.
- Hazardous wastes--Utah.
- Public relations--Utah.
- Art--Study and teaching--Utah.
- Prayer--Public opinion.
- Great Salt Lake (Utah).
- Utah--Politics and government.
|1||7||Dislocated steel workers|
|2||9||Education funding (Cont.)|
|2||10||Education funding (Cont.)|
|2||11||Great Salt Lake flooding|
|2||12||Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)|
|3||13||Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)|
|3||14||Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)|
|3||15||Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)|
|3||17||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|3||18||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|4||19||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|4||20||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|4||21||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|4||22||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|4||23||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|4||24||Public Prayer (Cont.)|
|1||1||File on Hovenweep National Monument expansion; 1988-1993|
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