Series 1801
Tooele County (Utah). County Clerk Oath Record

Dates: i 1887-1896.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains the county clerk's record of oaths taken by elected and appointed county officials. The oaths are recorded in a bound volume containing pre-printed forms for that purpose. The particular oath is one required by the Edmunds-Tucker Act, which had been passed by Congress on 3 March 1887. The act decreed that "as a condition precedent to the right to hold office in or under said [Utah] Territory, the officer, before entering on the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation declaring his full name, with his age, place of business, his status, whether married or single, and, if married, the name of his lawful wife, and that he will support the Constitution of the United States and will faithfully obey the laws thereof, and especially will obey the act of Congress approved March twenty-second, eighteen hundred and eighty-two [Edmunds Act] ..." and the Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887, both of which prohibited the practice of polygamy. Furthermore, the officer swore that he was not a polygamist, nor would he "aid or abet, counsel or advise" anyone who was violating the anti-polygamy laws. The text of the oath follows very closely the language found in the Edmunds-Tucker Act. In addition to the specific information required by the law, the forms include the title of the office held, the name or signature of the officer, a notarization, the recording date, and the signature of the county clerk.


Chronological by recording date.

Related Records

Record of officials' and jurors' oaths from the District Court (First District), Series 5320, contains additional examples of oaths taken by officials and jurors under the provisions of the Edmunds-Tucker Act.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Alan B. Barnett in September 2017.

Finding Aids

Indexes: This volume includes a name index.

Indexing Terms

  • Civil Rights
  • Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Container List

1 Name Index
1 Oath Record; 1887 Mar 24-1896 Apr 6

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