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March 2, 2022

Preserving Utah State Prison Records

Our State Government Team has been providing assistance to the Department of Corrections as they work to move the State Prison from its current site in Draper to the newly constructed site west of the Salt Lake International Airport in 2022. With so much history, and lots of official records, this is a massive project that we are excited to
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April 1, 2021

USHRAB Grant Projects: Past and Present

Every spring, the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) seeks applications for grant funds of up to $7,500 to support records preservation and access. The Board’s grant program is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, whose mission is to promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding our
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December 17, 2020

Poll taxes in Utah?

Poll taxes, or fixed sums levied on any eligible individual, are uncommon these days. Historically, they are usually discussed in conjunction with civil rights and disenfranchisement. So it might be a bit surprising to come across a record like this, a poll tax register from Spring City. We often hear about poll taxes in the Deep South, but here in
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October 31, 2018

Do the Hills in Utah have eyes?

In 1993, a Canadian, Mr. Bob Nixon, was camping in our fair state and took some time to stop at Newspaper Rock. He took a few photographs, possibly solved a mystery, and sent a letter to our Division of Parks and Recreation with his theories. I figure he tells the story best:
November 19, 2014

Three New Schedules for Your Consideration

As part of the General Schedule Update Project, the Utah State Archives is proposing three new schedules for your consideration. We would like these to be submitted to the State Records Committee’s December 11th meeting. First is Animal Control. There are currently 11 county and 11 municipal schedules related to animal control. Can they all be combined into one? The
December 11, 2012

Mini-Grant Applications Accepted until December 19th

The Utah State Archives and Records Service under the auspices of the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board has grant funding available to non-profit organizations and local governments for historical records preservation projects. Funding can be used to help repositories statewide preserve at-risk, historic records and to provide access to important collections. Historical records preservation projects might include purchasing archival