Author Archives: Gina Strack
Thursday, October 24 at Noon
U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks is a visual guide to seven of America’s favorite national parks, hometown events and quirky roadside attractions linked by U.S. 89. Scenic Highway 89 traces the stories of legendary trappers, missionaries and homesteaders. Widened in the Roaring Twenties to satisfy America’s motoring enthusiasts, but bypassed by modern interstates, the 1,600 mile route from Canada to Mexico retains its back-roads charm. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, beauty queens to working cowboys, Ann Torrence’s stunning images and engaging text capture the enduring spirit of the west.
Writer and photographer, Ann Torrence drove over 15,000 miles to research and photograph U.S. Highway 89. Her documentary style explores the interplay of the human element and landscape; transformations of culture–what is kept, lost, and reinvented; and the iconography of the American West.
Following Ann’s remarks, staff of the Utah State Archives will provide a public demonstration of the new Highway 89 Digital Collections online initiative. This project is designed to gather and document the prized historical collections from various institutions throughout the region, all of which detail the important history that has happened along Highway 89.
Monday, October 21 at Noon
25th Street Confidential traces Ogden’s transformation from quiet hamlet to chaotic transcontinental railroad junction as waves of non-Mormon fortune seekers swelled the city’s population. The street’s outsized role in Ogden annals illuminates larger themes in Utah and U.S. history. Most significantly, 25th Street was a crucible of Mormon-Gentile conflict, especially after the non-Mormon Liberal Party deprived its rival, the People’s Party, of long-standing control of Ogden’s municipal government in 1889. In the early twentieth-century the street was targeted in statewide Progressive Era reform efforts, and during Prohibition it would come to epitomize the futility of liquor abatement programs.
This first full-length treatment of Ogden’s rowdiest road spotlights larger-than-life figures whose careers were entwined with the street: Mayor Harman Ward Peery, who unabashedly filled the city treasury with fees and fines from vicious establishments; Belle London, the most successful madam in Utah history; and Rosetta Ducinnie Davie, the heiress to London’s legacy who became a celebrity on the street, in the courts, and in the press. Material from previously unexploited archives and more than one hundred historic photos enrich this narrative of a turbulent but unforgettable street.
All public records at the Utah State Archives are accessible through the Research Center. However, once processed the records are easier to use with proper storage and fuller descriptions, including online series inventories. The following list includes record series that were processed during the month of September 2013:
Cedar City (Utah)
- Cemetery burial card file, 1858-1992
- Cemetery burial records, ca. 1870-1991
- Cemetery interment register, 1860-1979.
- Cemetery lot files, 1904-1991.
- Cemetery lot owners index file, 1950-1988
- City and cemetery map, 1902
District Court (First District)
Heber City (Utah)
- Cemetery burial index, 1859-2011.
- Cemetery deed register, 1915-1994.
- Cemetery interment registers, 1859-2011.
- Cemetery lot card files, 1859-1977.
- Cemetery lot owners list, 1915
- Cemetery lot records, 1859-2010.
- Birth registers, 1905-1943.
- Cemetery records, ca. 1867-
- Death registers and burial permits, 1905-1944, 1955-1976.
La Verkin (Utah)
- Cemetery burial index, 1867-2005.
- Cemetery burial plot index, 1988
- Cemetery burial-transit permits, 1953-
- Cemetery sexton’s records, 1973-1983.
Liberty Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
Nephi (Utah). Sexton
- Cemetery account book, 1901-1924.
- Cemetery burial permits and reports, 1903, 1933, 1953-
- Cemetery deed and transfer book, 1872-2002.
- Cemetery index record of burials, ca. 1852-2005.
- Cemetery receipt books, 1892-1955.
- Interment registers, 1893-2001.
- Sexton’s reports, 1936-1945; 1961-1969.
Riverside Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
- Cemetery burial information sheets, 1985-1993
- Cemetery burial permits and information sheets, 1971-1993
- Cemetery certificates of burial right, 1987-1999.
- Cemetery plot ownership transfer records, 1954-1993.
- Cemetery records, 1993-
Uintah County Cemeteries Department (Utah)
- Avalon Cemetery lot books, undated.
- Gusher Cemetery records, 1920-2004.
- Hayden Cemetery lot books, undated.
- Jensen Cemetery burials inventory, ca. 1979.
- Jensen Cemetery records, ca. 1992-ca. 2005
- Lapoint Cemetery records, 1913-2004.
- Leota Cemetery lot books, undated.
- Maeser Cemetery lot book, 1919-2010
- Rock Point and Maeser Cemeteries inventories, ca. 1953
- Tridell Cemetery burials inventory, ca. 1953.
- Tridell Cemetery lot book, undated.
- Vernal Memorial Park Cemetery burial book, 1879-1992.
- Vernal Memorial Park Cemetery map book, ca. 1983-
- Vernal Memorial Park lot books, undated.
Warren-West Warren Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
Edited to add three series that were missed:
Division of Health
Ogden (Utah). City Recorder
Laketown Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
Although fully searchable name indexes are not yet available for all the latest death certificates, we are now able to offer digital images online that may be browsed by date and county, similar to the process when visiting the Research Center.
Narrow results by choosing both year and county. Within a folder, certificates are chronological by date.
Links will also be added to the series inventory. Death certificates become public 50 years after the date of the death.
Birth certificate images for 1912 are now online at archives.utah.gov/digital/81443.htm. Although they are not indexed by name yet, if one knows the birth date and county it should not be difficult to locate the correct folder and browse through a few images for the time being. Saving and printing of images is available.
Would you like to help index birth certificates? Or other records? Join our team of volunteers for a rewarding experience handling, describing, or making accessible original records from throughout Utah’s history. Read more about our Volunteer Program.
All public records at the Utah State Archives are accessible through the Research Center. However, once processed the records are easier to use with proper storage and fuller descriptions, including online series inventories. The following list includes record series that were processed during the month of August 2013:
Benjamin Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
Nephi (Utah) Sexton
Secretary of the Territory
All public records at the Utah State Archives are accessible through the Research Center. However, once processed the records are easier to use with proper storage and fuller descriptions, including online series inventories. The following list includes record series that were processed during the month of July 2013:
Office of the State Engineer
Numbers are just one part of the story, but we’re still excited to share that there are now one million items–including documents, photographs, registers, finding aids and birth and death certificates–on the Utah State Archives website.
We could not have done it without dedicated staff and volunteers, and partners like FamilySearch, which has digitized an additional million pages not yet online. Thank you!
The 116-year-old “Book of the Pioneers” is now available with a full-text search on Utah State Archives web site at archives.utah.gov/digital/14107.htm. The Archives collaborated with the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library for conservation and repair of the one-of-a-kind book. In addition, the library created high-quality digital images for viewing online.
The “Book of the Pioneers” is “a record of those who arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake during the year 1847; including the names, ages, autographs and places of residence of all known survivors on July 24, 1897.” The Semi-Centennial Commission compiled the book in two volumes for the Pioneer Jubilee of 1897, in order to document and memorialize the pioneers of 1847. The members of the commission were appointed by the State of Utah’s first governor, Heber M. Wells, who spoke on the subject in his first address to the Utah State Legislature on January 8, 1896, a mere four days after statehood was granted.
The names of men and women who came in 1847 are recorded along with 727 questionnaires answered in their own hand by those still alive fifty years later, creating a “work unique in character and of universal interest.”