Utah Archives Month

The Utah Archives Month website is now updated at www.utaharchivesmonth.org. Events from Utah repositories for October 2008 are not completely posted yet, but should be soon.

Working out the kinks and finding aids

Moving and/or creating a new website is never easy. Hopefully online visitors are not getting too lost (if at all) on the new Archives & Records Service site. A lot of the content is full-circle in that it has not really changed since implementing a content management system in 2005 (which unfortunately had a bad habit of using long confusing URLs). Even the research section–found at historyresearch.utah.gov for the most part over the last 3 1/2 years–is returning largely intact, though instead of archives.utah.gov/referenc/ it is archives.utah.gov/research/.

The remaining missing element for researching Archives materials online are the finding aids. With an 18-month-long statewide grant-funded project wrapping up to upgrade and improve all our inventory finding aids, we are waiting to unveil them all at once. Hopefully by the end of the month! In the meantime, many apologies for any potentially confusing misdirections. We have implemented a temporary redirect to take any links beginning with archives.utah.gov/research/inventories to historyresearch.utah.gov/inventories. This, however, will not help links to new inventories which, when we finish, could number close to 800 (added to 900 existing). These are from offline “temporary lists” of often small record series with simple descriptions and maybe a basic box list. Even if we never get these “finished,” at least this much information will soon be online.

Discovered today: someone is “tweating” us on Twitter from Utah.gov!

New Website is Live

The newly designed website for all services of the Utah State Archives (including research) is now live at archives.utah.gov!

New Digital Collection: Beaver County (Fifth District) Court case index

Series 24549 Digital Collection
Series 24549 Digital Collection

When the Utah State Archives transferred a court case index record book from the Fifth District Court in Beaver County for microfilming and permanent storage, we actually left the court without a familiar means to look up case files by name. Now everyone can view the index books online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Collections. The surnames, arranged alphabetically by the initial letter, are handwritten so not searchable by keyword. However, one can browse the book and choose the initial letters much as one would use the tabs on the original books themselves. The civil and criminal case files indexed by these books are available for viewing and copying through the Research Center now.

Historic Mining Disasters

Added a new research guide from an offline document prepared a couple of years ago. It is a compilation of data available online from the Mining Safety and Health Research section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In updating it, realized that last year’s Crandall Canyon Mine explosion would need to be sadly added to the end of the list.

Olympics, 100 years ago

Following the Summer Olympics in Beijing? It may be interesting to see news coverage from 100 years ago in the Deseret News, posted at the Library of Congress Chronicling America site. The newspaper image is courtesy of the University of Utah, which of course hosts many historical newspapers from Utah at digitalnewspapers.org.

New Office Hours

On June 26, 2008, Governor Huntsman announced the “Working 4 Utah” initiative. As part of the initiative the Department of Administrative Services will be going to the four-day work week beginning August 4, 2008. Our offices will be open for business from 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Thursday. Our office will be closed on Friday. The Research Center will also be closed on Saturdays.