Series 3896

Governor Spry Letter books, 1909-1913.

2.50 cubic feet

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

Historical Note

See history of the records' creator.

Summary of Records

An account of the primary activities of Governor Spry's two terms in office have been preserved in this series. As chief executive of the state, the correspondence reflects his involvement in a wide range of important administrative matters.

Scope and Content

The letterbooks consist of copies of letters, most of which were sent from the Governor or from the Governor's office. Included are replies to citizens, private institutions, and businesses; communications within state government; with officials from other states; with officials from the federal government; and with officials from foreign governments.
Governor Spry, as the chief executive officer of the state, dealt with a wide variety of administrative and political issues. The series gives an insight into the Governor's role in the accomplishment of several goals: to construct a state capitol building, to erect a new arsenal and armory, to build and maintain roads, to develop conservation measures, to protect natural resources, to find a larger market and establish higher standards for agricultural products, to expand water resources for irrigation and power, to drill wells in dry farming areas, to increase mining resources, to upgrade banking practices; to institute more equitabletaxation, to improve the accuracy of property assessment; to provide better working conditions for children, and to promote industrial safety.
Documented is the Governor's support for participation in several events and celebrations, the more prominent include the following: the presentation of a silver service during the ceremonies for the launching of the Battleship Utah, the participation of the High School Cadets at the World's Fair, the creation of exhibits for the United States Land and Irrigation Expositions, and the entertainment of Civil War veterans at the encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Spry offered rewards for the arrest and conviction of criminals, directed communication to the legislature about various bills, issued proclamations about a variety of topics, participated in relief programs for victims of disasters, and notified applicants for state positions of their acceptance.
The Governor frequently became involved in helping people with personalproblems. He wrote letters of recommendation for persons seeking employment, recommended releases for prisoners who he felt deserved their freedom, and arranged visits for patients in the mental hospital.


Chronological by date.

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

This series was transferred to the Archives from the Office of the Governor in 1955.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

This series was transferred to the Archives from the Office of the Governor in 1955. Processing was completed during 1991 by Brent Brinkerhoff.

Other Finding Aids

Indexes: The Letterbooks contain alphabetical indexes, usually by name and occasionally by subject; they list the page numbers where specific letters are located.

Related Material

Correspondence from the Governor Spry, Series 226, contains letters responded to in this series.
Employment correspondence from the Governor Cutler, Series 2937, contains job application requests responded to by letters in this series.

Container List

11Vol. 1, Jan. 4, 1909-July 29, 1909
12Vol. 2, July 29, 1909-Feb. 28, 1910
21Vol. 3, Feb. 28, 1910-Oct. 7, 1910
22Vol. 4, Oct. 7, 1910-Mar. 23, 1911
31Vol. 5, Mar. 23, 1911-June 29, 1911
32Vol. 6, June 30, 1911-Feb. 19, 1912
41Vol. 7, Feb. 20, 1912-Aug. 6, 1912
42Vol. 8, Aug. 6, 1912-Feb. 15, 1913
51Vol. 9, Feb. 15, 1913-July 8, 1913
52Vol. 10, July 9, 1913-Sept. 19, 1913