Weber County (Utah). County Clerk Incorporation case files of LDS church wards
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
Scope and Content
These case files contain Articles of Incorporation filed with the Weber County Clerk by LDS Church Wards. Articles of Incorporation were required to be filed with the County Clerk and State to ensure that laws pertaining to corporations were adhered to. The Articles of Incorporation state that the members of the ward "desired to become a body corporate, under and in accordance with the existing laws of Utah Territory, and had met for that purpose." The law of the Utah Territory stated " that any number of person associated together for religious, social, scientific, benevolent or other purposes...when pecuniary profit is not their object...may incorporate themseleves as provided in this Act (Laws of Utah, 1878, chap., 18, sec., 1). The Articles of Incorporation record the following: names of corporate officers, names of ward members, and oaths of office.
Under current Utah law and the laws of the territorial legislature, individuals desiring to incorporate, were to file and record articles of incorporation with their respective county clerk. These agreements specified the nature and place of business, amount of stock to be issued, terms for officers, etc. The clerk in turn issued a certificate of incorporation and recorded the final Articles of Incorporation in the case file.
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.
Incorporation Records were first scheduled as permanent records in 1978. The original case files were filed by document type, but the arrangement has been changed and is now organized alphabetically. The case files will be microfilmed and then retained. This entire series was archivally processed by David Clark in May 1996. The records were microfilmed in April 2000 and the series updated by David Clark.
- Corporations--Utah--Weber County.
- Incorporation--Utah--Weber County.
- Corporations, Religious.
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Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.