Series 12415

Governor Bangerter Significant issues correspondence, 1985-1993.

5 microfilm reels

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

Historical Note

See history of the records' creator.

Summary of Records

This series contains letters to Governor Bangerter 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.

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. Publicprayer 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.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Use Restrictions

These records are available for reproduction and use.

Preferred Citation

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

Custody History

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.

Acquisition Information

These records were acquired from the creating agency through established retention schedules.

Processing Information

These letters were transferred to the Records Center in 1992 and 1993. The series was scheduled and archivally processed in February 1994.

Related Material

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.

Container List

12Abortion (Cont.)
13Abortion (Cont.)
14Aging services
15Arts education
16Dance building
17Dislocated steel workers
18Education funding
29Education funding (Cont.)
210Education funding (Cont.)
211Great Salt Lake flooding
212Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)
313Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)
314Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)
315Great Salt Lake flooding (Cont.)
316Public Prayer
317Public Prayer (Cont.)
318Public Prayer (Cont.)
419Public Prayer (Cont.)
420Public Prayer (Cont.)
421Public Prayer (Cont.)
422Public Prayer (Cont.)
423Public Prayer (Cont.)
424Public Prayer (Cont.)
526Taxation (Cont.)
527Waste disposal
11 File on Hovenweep National Monument expansion; 1988-1993