John Walter Holbrook
The Research Center will be closed Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day. It will open again at the usual time of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Did you know the Utah State Archives has many resources on military service records? Check out these Research Guides:
The U.S. National Archives also have a lot of information on records generated by all the military branches, including how to obtain individual service records.
The Research Center will be closed Friday, October 25 to allow staff to attend training. It will open again Monday, October 28 at 9 a.m.
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Thursday, October 24 at Noon
U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks
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.
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Monday, October 21 at Noon
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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)
District Court (First District)
Heber City (Utah)
La Verkin (Utah)
Liberty Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
Nephi (Utah). Sexton
Riverside Cemetery Maintenance District (Utah)
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, 1906
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
Levan (Utah) Cemetery record
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
Image by Alan O’Rourke
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!