The organic act passed by the U.S. Congress on September 9, 1850 created an office of territorial secretary with three major functions:
(1) To record and preserve all laws and proceedings of the Legislative Assembly (2) To record all acts and proceedings of the Governor in his executive department (3) To provide copies of these official acts to specific federal officials
The EXECUTIVE PAPERS are really part of a larger record keeping system maintained by the Executive Department of the territorial government. Most of the individual documents filed in the series are those that were sent to the Governor or the Secretary requesting or supporting some official action; copies of the actual pardon, appointment notice, requisition, or other “official act”; or copies of documents which reflect actions taken directly by the Governor, such as messages to the Territorial Assembly and proclamations.
Governor Young’s Special Election Proclamation
Recordkeeping was not quite the same for governors during the territorial period (1850-1895), compared to more recent years with offices full of staff to keep track of correspondence, photographs, and artifacts. The Archives does have a few things in its holdings to provide insight into territorial governance, which are now going online as part of the Utah Territory Project.
Governor (1850-1857: Young)
Governor (1880-1886: Murray)
Governor (1889-1893: Thomas)
The calendar for Utah Archives Month is now being updated for October 2012 events at utaharchivesmonth.org. The events hosted by the Utah State Archives and Utah State History have been posted (including on Facebook):
- 10/1/2012 – Randy Silverman: Year of the Newspaper
- 10/12/2012 – Cevan LeSieur: “The Avenues of Salt Lake City”
- 10/15/2012 – Brock Cheney: “Plain But Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers”
- 10/19/2012 – Jim Kichas: “Utah’s MX Moment”
- 10/24/2012 – Matt Basso: “Men At Work”
All events are free and open to the public.
Utah Archives Month is on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s time to update and compare the most popular baby names, as found in birth certificates that are now public. A few shuffled around, but the #1 are the same as the year before (view 1905 top names)