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Utah State History Digital Collections

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Al Morton Photograph and Film Collection

History_MortonThe Al Morton Photograph and Film Collection documents scenic Utah.  Morton photographed and filmed many of Utah’s natural beauties, including rivers, landscapes, and the National Parks in Utah, helping the tourist industry. He also documented recreational activities, such as river trips. His films were shown in schools and as tourist promotions. 

 


Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah

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The Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah collection contains images from various CCC camps throughout Utah, in both black and white and color, taken and collected by members of the CCC. The collection also contains copies of newsletters published by individual camps.

 


Classified Photograph Collection

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The Classified Photograph Collection contains over 20,000 images regarding people, architecture, cities and towns, and events throughout the history of Utah. The collection was organized by subject and compiled using images from various other Utah State History collections.

 


Clifford Bray Photographs

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Clifford Bray worked for the Shipler Commercial Photographer Studio and then independently. This collection contains images of Salt Lake City architecture and people in the 1930s, as well as unique images of accident scenes and business contracts for documentary purposes.

 


The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway Payroll Ledgers, 1889-1919

History_LedgersThe Denver & Rio Grande payroll ledgers contain the employment records for workers between 1889-1919. The ledgers document the pay of employees from different departments, such as the Agent’s Office, the Baggage Department, and the Transfer Gang.

 


Juanita Brooks Photograph Collection

History_brooksThe Juanita Brooks Photograph Collection contains images documenting Brooks’s professional writing career from 1934-1971. The collection also provides a glimpse into her personal life with many images of her family, activities, and general life in southern Utah.

 

 


KUED Topaz Residents Collection

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The KUED Topaz Residents Collection contains images used for the KUED 1987 documentary on the Topaz Internment Camp in Delta, Utah during World War II. The collection documents the journey of many Japanese Americans leaving behind home, jobs, and life to enter the Topaz Internment Camp.

 


Larson Studio Negative Collection

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The Larson Studio Negative Collection was created by Thomas Christian Larson and his son O. Blaine Larson. Both operated the Larson Studio from 1916-1968 in Provo, Utah. The collection contains portraits of many Utah County citizens as well as some Utah landscape and industry scenes and images of Provo.

 

 


Peoples of Utah

History_PeoplesThe Peoples of Utah collection contains images used in Helen Papanikolas’s 1976 Peoples of Utah publication, documenting the history of the different ethnic groups throughout Utah. Some of the groups included are African Americans, Chinese, Greeks, and Japanese.

 


Philo T. Farnsworth Television Tubes Collection

History_farnsworthThe Philo T. Farnsworth Television Tubes Collection contains different examples of the Farnsworth television tubes that are part of Utah State History’s artifacts collection.

 

 

 


Salt Lake City Engineers Collection

History_cityThe Salt Lake City Engineers Collection contains negatives from 1902-1931 that document the construction of various structures in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. Included are images of roads, street paving, fire stations, bridges, rivers, and canyons.

 


Schools of the Salt Lake Valley

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The Schools of the Salt Lake Valley collection has images of various school structures throughout the Salt Lake Valley, many of which have since been demolished. Students of the various schools are often included in the images.

 


Shipler Commercial Photographers

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Shipler Commercial Photographers took thousands of images of Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. This collection contains images from glass plates (1900s-1920s) and acetate negatives (1940s-1950s), with the majority of the images having an exact date and detailed description.

 

Taylor Woolley Photograph Collection

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The Taylor Woolley Photograph Collection documents Utah architect Taylor Woolley’s time working under Frank Lloyd Wright during the 1911 construction of Wright’s Taliesin I in Wisconsin. The collection also contains some images of Woolley’s architectural work in Utah.

 

 


Utah 2002 Olympic Legacy Collection

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The Olympic Legacy Collection contains images of various events during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Also included are images of some artifacts in the Utah State History collection, such as the famous tradable pins.

 


Utah Governor’s Olympic Collection

History_GovOly2The Utah Governor’s Olympic Collection contains images taken by the Governor’s Office during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. The images document the Governor’s activities during the Olympics as well as different Olympic events, such as the Opening Ceremonies and medal ceremony concerts.

 


William Edward Hook Glass Negative Collection

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The William Edward Hook Collection contains images from glass plate negatives. Hook was a photographer in Colorado during the 1890s gold rush. The collection documents life in the west and the railroad in Utah.

 


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Contact the Cemeteries and Burials Program

Thank you for visiting the Utah Cemeteries and Burials program. Please use the form below to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the cemeteries program or the database.

Please note: If you are seeking a correction to a burial record, please contact the cemetery where the individual record is located. Our records may only receive updates from the originating party.

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Digital Resources from the Utah Division of State History

The Utah Division of State History (State History) has many online resources available to the public for research purposes. Some of our current digital resources include:

State History resources digitized in partnership with U of U Marriott Library:

Digital photos:  70,000 historical photos online at http://history.utah.gov/digital-photos

Newspapers:  300,000 newspaper pages scanned and on Utah Digital Newspapers, http://digitalnewspapers.org   These newspapers cover crucial periods of Utah history.

  • Salt Lake Telegram:  1867, 1902, 1907-1912, 1914-1949
  • Ephraim Enterprise:  1891-1972
  • Inter-Mountain Republican: 1906-1909
  • Manti Messenger:  1893-1973
  • Salt Lake Herald:  1870-1920

Archaeological site records: 35,000 records online, available for licensed archaeologists

Publications: 47,000 pages online at http://history.utah.gov/publications

Complete copies of these periodicals:

  • Utah Historical Quarterly—scholarly  journal published since 1928
  • Beehive History—magazine with short, interesting stories published from 1974-2002
  • History Blazer—brief history anecdotes published as part of Utah’s centennial celebration, 1995-1996
  • Utah Archaeology—annual professional journal published by State History and partners
  • Antiquities Section Selected Papers—a monograph series examining the prehistoric cultures of Utah
  • Utah Preservation—historic preservation magazine published annually 1997-2007

Complete copies of these books:

  • 29 Centennial County Histories—A volume on each county published as part of Utah’s centennial celebration
  • A Way of Seeing: Discovering the Art of Building in Spring City, Utah
  • Brigham Street
  • Building by the Railyard
  • Carbon County: Eastern Utah’s Industrialized Island
  • Corinne—The Gentile Capital of Utah
  • Emery County: Reflections on Its Past and Future
  • First 100 Years: A History of the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Historic Buildings of Downtown Salt Lake City
  • Let ‘Em Holler: A Political Biography of J. Bracken Lee
  • Not by Bread Alone: The Journal of Martha Spence Heywood
  • Of Work and Romance: Discovering Utah’s Barns
  • On the Ragged Edge: The Life and Times of Dudley Leavitt
  • San Juan County, Utah: People, Resources, and History
  • The Architecture of Fort Douglas, Utah, 1862-1995
  • The Avenues of Salt Lake City
  • The Peoples of Utah
  • Utah’s Historic Architecture, 1847-1940

Other State History digital resources:

Cemeteries and burials:  information on nearly 600,000 deceased persons online at http://history.utah.gov/cemeteries . This database was named by Family Tree magazine as one of 2013’s best state-run genealogy websites. Visitors may also go to http://cemeteries.utah.gov/ directly.

Information on researching and rehabilitating historic buildings at http://history.utah.gov/info-resources-hist-bldgs

Catalogs and indexes to research library, manuscripts, phone directories, newspapers, and yearbooks at http://history.utah.gov/history/collections-2

Markers and monuments:  text from historical markers statewide at http://history.utah.gov/markers-and-monuments-database

Sister Agency Resources Digitized by Marriott Library

  • State Fine Art Collection
  • State Folk Art Collection
  • Utah American Indian Digital Archive:  Articles, books, documents, oral histories, photographs, and maps on Utah’s tribes at http://utahindians.org/archives/
  • Microfiche:  6,000 sheets of microfiche for State Library
  • Utah State Bulletin:  digitized and online at State Library

Cemeteries & Burials

PLEASE NOTE: If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery, so that the official record can be corrected. To ensure that our database matches the official record, we do not correct records in the database unless the update comes from a cemetery. Thank you! -AO, 09/25/2013

The Utah State Cemeteries and Burials database is used by cemeteries, researchers, genealogists, and individuals to locate the sites of burials and cemeteries throughout the state. We work with all cemeteries throughout the state to make this information available to the public in one comprehensive location.

Weeping Angel Tombstone, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Search for a person buried in Utah.

Find a cemetery in Utah, or view a list of cemeteries.

Search death certificates from 1900-1960 (outside web site)

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The Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database is recognized by Family Tree Magazine as one of the Best State Web Sites for family history research.

 

 

About the data collection

This state database contains names and other information about people who are buried in Utah cemeteries. Data is collected in three ways:

1. We give small grants to cemeteries to help them digitize sexton records. (Cemeteries do not computerize the information on grave markers). The cemeteries then submit the data to the database.

2. We encourage cemeteries that already have their records in digital format to donate their data to the database.

3. Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers. You must have permission from the cemetery and contact us about format requirements and the submission process. We will not accept data unless they are in the proper format.

4. Access to the database is free to the public through our online search. We do not offer back-end access or data files. If you would like a cemetery’s complete database record, please contact the cemetery directly. 

5. Data is provided by cemeteries. If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery to verify the information and ask them to send us an update. We are unable to correct individual records without the cemetery’s updated file.

For cemeteries wishing to submit data, please refer to our submission guidelines, and contact Amy Oliver, 801-245-7247, for more information.

Contact us

For information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, contact:

Kevin Fayles
801-245-7254
Fax: 801-533-3503

For grant information, contact:
Debbie Dahl
801-245-7233
Fax: 801-533-3503

Research Center: Special Hours

Did you know? The Downtown Farmer’s Market is coming to the Rio Grande Depot every other Saturday during the winter. In conjunction with these events, the Research Center will be open from 10am – 2pm on the following Saturdays:

  • November 9th, 2013
  • November 23rd, 2013
  • December 7th, 2013
  • December 21st, 2013

Take advantage of these extended hours to get your holiday research projects done!

Read more about the services offered at the Research Center here.


Cemetery Inventory Grants Available

Grant funds are now for municipal, private, and local cemeteries. These grants help cemeteries digitize their sexton records and make them available online. Using these grants, cemeteries can create a database and map of their cemetery and burials. The data will be available online on the Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database. This database is one of the state’s most popular online services, receiving 100,000+ hits per month. See our grants page or call Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247 for more information.


Library & Collections

The Library and Collections staff invites you to discover Utah’s history. Thousands of photographs, books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers and periodicals are available to you in our Research Center and online. Visit us and discover how Utah’s history is your history.

Research Center Hours: M – F, 9am- 4pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

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Markers and Monuments Database

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