A guest post by Rebekkah Hibbert.
The Utah State Archives received a grant in 2010 to organize thousands of unknown microfiche. With the help of our wonderful volunteers this project is making great progress! Microfiche has been moved from metal storage cabinets, inventoried and organized by series. Volunteers are helping us view the microfiche, create descriptions and put them in archival boxes for patron use.
There have been several exciting finds: we have found a picture of the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser at the Salt Lake Airport from 1949, blueprints of the Utah State Capitol, executive orders from many governors, an indictment of Butch Cassidy and more!
The project has provided me with a crash course of processing, records management and the programs used. What was at first daunting to look at has become so familiar I occasionally find myself wondering why F8 doesn’t do the same thing on my home computer as it does for the APPX program. I have learned attention to detail is more crucial than I thought, and I already thought it was crucial. Not only could lacking attention causing simple mistakes (which can be problematic and frustrating enough in itself), but could lead to losing a record to a series in which it does not belong. Assigning a series to a record is important and requires careful consideration if the record is ever to be utilized.
Though records date back to 1916 and as current as 2003, we discovered most microfiche we have were produced in the late 1960’s thru the early 1980’s. Computer Output Microfiche, or COM fiche was used often by state agencies to keep track of information during those decades. It appears to have been so readily available that we have thousands of cards of occupational licenses. Normally these would not be put on microfiche, but in the 80’s and 90’s it must have been an easy way to keep these records considering the volume we have. Hopefully one day these will be of great value to genealogists.
All the microfiche has been assigned to a series, which being done feels like a new project has begun. Everything is starting to be labeled and finding aids will be created so these records can share their information with you.
The Research Center for the Utah State Archives and Utah State History will be closed Monday, February 21, 2011 for Presidents’ Day. It will open as usual Tuesday, February 22 at 8:30 a.m.
The Research Center for the Utah State Archives and Utah State History will be closed Monday, January 17, 2011 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will re-open Tuesday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m. Don’t forget about all the online research opportunities like death certificates, birth certificates, legislative bills, learning how to use marriage records or court records and everything else available anytime from anywhere.
The Research Center for the Utah State Archives and Utah State History will remain open as normal Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through the end of December. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays will each be observed on a Friday when it is usually closed. If you have been meaning to do some research and you have time off, drop us a line or come visit!
Presidential Proclamation 118 (Thanksgiving Day, 1864)
The Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History will be closed Thursday, November 25, 2010 for Thanksgiving. It will re-open Monday, November 29, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
The Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History will be closed Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for staff training. Normal hours will resume Thursday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m.
War Production Board, U.S. National Archives
The Research Center for the Utah State Archives and Utah State History will be closed Monday, September 6, 2010 for Labor Day. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, September 7 at 8:30 a.m.
Waving Proudly by Elizabeth Foote
The Research Center will be closed Monday, July 5, 2010 for Independence Day. Normal hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m. will resume Tuesday, July 6, 2010.
As Pioneer Day (July 24) falls on a Saturday, the Research Center will not be closing in observance. State offices that are normally open on Fridays will be closed Friday, July 23, 2010.
Member of Salt Lake Volunteer Fire Department "Careful cooking those turkeys"
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
The Utah State Law Library provides a short history of the holiday:
The first presidential proclamation about Thanksgiving was made by George Washington in 1789. He declared the 26th of November as the date of celebration. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November was a national holiday. Finally, in 1941 Congress and President Truman proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November the legal holiday that it is today.
The Research Center will be closed Thursday, November 25, 2009 for Thanksgiving. Normal hours will resume Monday, November 30, 2009.
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