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Research Center

Inside the Utah History Research Center

Inside the Utah History Research Center

Our Research Center contains a treasure trove of Utah history.

The Research Center of Utah State Archives and Utah State History provides public access to state holdings.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you research historical records from private, public, and government sources. Access to the Research Center and staff assistance are free.

Except for some microfilms, materials are not available for checkout.


The Research Center is located in the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street,  Salt Lake City, UT 84101.   map

Hours and contact

The Research Center is open  Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.  Phone: 801-245-7227. Email:

Ask a research question

Fill out our form here.


Research Center staff can make copies for you. See our list of copy charges.


The Research Center staff will be glad to provide training to your group on many research topics and methods that will assist members of your group in using our collections.

62nd Annual Utah State History Conference
“Utah Technology Through Time”

Register for the conference. It's free and open to the public.

September 25th – September 27th, 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah @ The City Library and The Leonardo




This year’s conference is brought to you by a host of generous partners. View them here. 

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Technology has helped people live and thrive in Utah for over 12,000 years. In order to understand and remember the development of technology in Utah, this year’s Utah State History conference will focus on Utah Technology through Time. Download the conference Save the Date notice.

The conference is organized into four tracks: • The emergence of Utah’s high tech industry, 1950s – present • Utah industry, technology, and enterprise in the 19th and 20th centuries • Prehistoric technology in the region of Utah • Utah history

Certified Local Governments – CLGs

Panguitch Main Street

Panguitch Main Street

What is a CLG?

A Certified Local Government (CLG) is a city or county that has been “certified” as eligible to apply for federal grants for historic preservation.

By becoming a CLG, a local government can gain tools and resources to help historic buildings become a more vital part of the community’s social and economic fabric.

How to become a Certified Local Government

A local government must pass an approved historic preservation ordinance and appoint a historic preservation commission. Get more information.

CLG grants

Our grants to CLGs help them document and preserve historic and archaeological sites. Get more information.

Preservation and planning

Historic preservation and planning work hand in hand. Proper planning is essential for successful preservation programs, and attention to preservation can improve a community’s plan. Get more information.

Networking with other CLGs

To find Certified Local Governments and contact info, see our CLG  Database.

To meet face to face with historic preservation commissioners and other CLG officials from around the state, attend our CLG training, which happens every spring in partnership with the Utah Heritage Foundation.  These trainings have covered technical issues, funding, working with the legislature, historic landscapes, ordinances and laws, and much more.

Useful links

Some Utah cities have historic preservation websites that provide very useful information about preservation issues in those communities. If your community has a preservation website and you want to add it to our list, please send the website address to

Salt Lake City:
Provo: Especially see their interactive map of historical sites in Provo.
Midway:  See their interactive map of historic sites in Midway.

For more information, contact:

Barbara Murphy, 801-245-7251
State Historic Preservation Office
Utah State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Fax: 801/533-3503

National Register

The Maeser School in Provo was rehabilitated into beautiful apartments for low-income seniors.

The National Register recognizes places that matter to Americans.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.


National Register Nominations to be Reviewed at the Next Review Board Meeting

Check out Utah’s latest National Register Listings

National Register – Your questions answered

Is my building eligible for listing?

What are the advantages of listing?

Does listing limit an owner’s property rights?

How can I get a house or building listed?

What is a Historic District?

Can I get money to help me restore my building?

How can I order a National Register marker?

What sites in Utah are on the National Register?

Are there other lists of historic properties in Utah?

How can I get more information?

Is my building eligible for listing?

To be eligible for the National Register, a building must:

  • Be at least 50 years old.
  • Retain its architectural integrity (A rule of thumb: Would the original owner still recognize the building?)
  • Be significant nationally, statewide, or locally. This significance must fall in one or more of the following categories:
    (A) association with important events, (B) association with significant persons, (C) architectural significance, or (D) archaeological significance.

What are the advantages of listing?

Listing a property:

  • Gives it recognition for its historic significance.
  • Qualifies the owner for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits.
  • Helps educate the public and community about historic and culture resources.

See more benefits of listing your building on the National Register.

Does listing limit an owner’s property rights?

Listing in the National Register does not interfere with a private property owner’s right to alter, manage or dispose of the property. The owner does not have to restore or maintain the property or open it to the public.

Local preservation ordinances, where present, may have some implications for a building owner. But local ordinances are entirely separate from the National Register.

How can I get a house or building listed?

Any interested person can nominate a property to the National Register. But the legal owner of private property has the right to prevent any listing. Here is the process:

1. First, contact at the State Historic Preservation Office for advice and direction. (Cory Jensen, 801-245-7242)

2. Coordinate with the local historic preservation commission in your area, if one is present.

3. Next, research and document the property. You can hire a private research consultant to do the research and/or nomination for you—this is recommended. (See Historical Research Consultants in our Utah Preservation Contractor Directory.)

4. Submit current photos of the property with your early research results for a preliminary review.

5. Using the results of your research and suggestions from the preliminary review, prepare a National Register nomination form.

6. The Board of State History will review the nomination.

7. If approved, the National Park Service will conduct a final review.
Click here for more How to List Your Propery information or see our Guide to Preparing National Register Nominations (PDF file).

Checklist to use when preparing a National Register nomination (PDF file)

You can find even more detailed instructions on the National Register Bulletins & Brochures web site.

What is a Historic District?

An Historic District is an area or neighborhood that has a concentration of historic buildings (50 years or older) that retain their architectural integrity and represent an important aspect of a city’s history. Get more information.

Can I get money to help me restore my building?

Properties listed on the National Register are eligible for federal and state rehabilitation investment tax credits.

How can I order a National Register marker?

Property owners who take pride in their historic buildings often place markers. You can ordera  marker through the Preservation Office.

What sites in Utah are on the National Register?

All types of sites and properties are represented: mansions, prehistoric pit houses, lime kilns, LDS tithing offices, suspension bridges, and rock art sites, to name a few. Utah has more than 1,000 individual sites and more than 50 historic or archaeological districts containing several thousand additional sites.

Search through our actual National Register nomination files online at the National Park Service website. You can find photos, histories, architectural information, etc.

    • Once you are on the web page you may search by resource name, or state & city and state & county for multiple searches.
    • You may print nominations and photos from this site after you install the free plugin viewer DjVu (the instructions to download and install will show on the web page when you do a search).

Are there other lists of historic properties in Utah?

Need more information on the National Register?

Contact: Cory Jensen
State Historic Preservation Office
Utah State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT  84101-1182
Phone: 801-245-7242
Fax: 801/533-3503

Financial Assistance


Historic Fuller Paint Building — now Big D Construction Headquarters, Salt Lake City

You may be able to get financial assistance for historic preservation through:

  • Federal Tax Credit (for income producing buildings) or the Utah Tax Credit (for residential buildings). You can save 20 percent of the cost of your rehabilitation work through either program. The National Park Service has a great website about Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives.
  • Low-interest loans. These are primarily for residential buildings, and are available through the Utah Heritage Foundation, 801/533-0858.
  • The Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. Seven Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund-funded programs and initiatives support the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of affordable multi and single-family housing throughout Utah. Your historic building project may qualify for financial assistance.  Visit to see if your project qualifies.
  • Local Government Assistance. Local governments often have financial assistance programs that may be used for historic buildings, usually through their housing, economic development or redevelopment agencies.  Contact your local government for more information. Or visit these websites:

Salt Lake City:

Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency (RDA)


Park City:

  • PreservationNation Blog Stories, news, grant information and notes from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • The National Park Service has a great website on Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives.


State History Services

If you’re looking for professional services for antiquities, research, historic preservation, or other history matters, we can help. The most popular services we offer include: