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Artifacts Collection

Have you ever been in the presence of an artifact and felt transported in time? If you know their story, artifacts can become a tangible bridge to the past.
State History has over 31,000 artifacts in its collection and has implemented a new artifacts catalog to provide greater accessibility. Click on the link to begin exploring the collection and stay up to date as we add new objects.

Latinos in Utah


Latinos in Utah
History of Mexico
Monticello Settlement
Miners of Utah
Railroad Workers in Utah
Religious Practices of Latinos in Utah
Migrant Workers in Utah
Utah Hispanics in the Military
Latinos’ Quest for Civil Rights in Utah
Our Future: Our Children

For twenty years, and in conjunction with our oral history project, we gathered an impressive number of pictures and documents of Latinos in the state of Utah. These pictures allowed us to recreate the history of Latinos since the time when the Aztecs and Utes inhabited Utah’s territory to our present days. Based on ethnic methodologies, I merged the history of the United States, the history of Utah, and the history of Mexican Americans in the Southwest.

Our main intention was to increase the level of awareness of the presence of Latinos in Utah, to promote tolerance and understanding in our communities, and to make this information accessible to people without formal education. For these purposes, we created a travel exhibit, with captions in English and Spanish, and with a feedback mechanism through which people provided further information. The exhibit was displayed throughout the state and about 120,000 people visited our photo-documentary.

This collection includes maps showing the territory of Utah when it was part of Mexico, the first community of Latinos in Monticello, the experience of the miners in Bingham and Price, the participation of Latinos in the construction of Utah’s railroad, the presence of Mexican migrant workers, the Latinos of Utah who enrolled in the U.S. wars abroad, the early religious organizations of Catholics and Latter Day Saints, the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and Utah’s Latino leaders who have left a legacy for future generations.

Organizations such as the Utah State Historical Society, the Center of Documentary Art, the American West Center, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Special Collections at the University of Utah, Utah Humanities, Ethnic Studies, Centro Civico Mexicano, Weber State University, the Office of Hispanic Affairs, and multiple families contributed to this project. We are confident that our involvement will enhance the goals of making Utah’s history a more wholistic and inclusive endeavor.

Armando Solorzano. Ph.D.



This was an excerpt of the panels. You can access the finding aide here.

Cemetery General Information

The Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database is recognized by Family Tree Best State Website Logo 2015-webMagazine as one of the Best State Websites for family history research.


We offer small grants to cemeteries to help digitize their records. Cities, counties, cemetery districts, private cemeteries, and others with a vested interest in cemeteries may apply for matching grants. Grants are limited to $10,000 maximum and require a 50/50 match, which may include a monetary match or donated goods and services. Find out more below.

Cemetery Grant Application

Final Products

  • A computerized database of all the burials in the cemetery. This database will be kept and maintained on a computer at the local level (usually by whoever is responsible for cemetery records). The database must be consistent with the statewide database of burials. There is a broad range of both computer software and computer “experts.” Make sure the final deliverable database allows for outputs in multiple formats.
  • Successful transfer of the database to Utah State History, which will add to the statewide inventory of burials.This statewide database will be accessible to the public for research purposes and can also serve as your resource.
  • OPTIONAL: A computerized GIS map of the cemetery. This computerized map, linked to the local database,makes locating and tracking information about burials and plot ownership much easier than with just the databasealone. Experience in a number of communities around the state has shown this type of system is well worth theexpense of setting it up. It is also easy to use and maintain when set up correctly. A map is required to comply with Utah State Code, Title 8, Chapter 3. It is strongly encouraged to add this functionality.

Grant requirements

Grant recipients will be reimbursed upon receipt of evidence that they have met agreed-upon program goals (or some part thereof) and have spent local match funds and/or donated services.

The Cemetery Grant Reimbursement Form is used to apply for reimbursement of qualified expenses.


At this time we don’t have regular volunteer opportunities. We can try to match an interested person with a cemetery that has indicated a desire to have volunteers. Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers.

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

Mignon Richmond

Mignon Richmond #1a

Courtesy of the Mignon Richmond family

Mignon Richmond was an activist and community leader that left her mark on Salt Lake City, yet her name is fading from the minds of Salt Lake’s current residents. Utah State history has dedicated space to tell her legacy through photographs, artifacts, and even her voice. Come to the Rio Grande and learn the story of Mignon and pass it on.

Rio Grande Depot
300 S Rio Grande St (450 W)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Listen to audio excerpts from Mignon Richmond’s Oral History and find more information on our historical spotlight display.


Mignon Richmond Audio

Introduction to Mignon Barker Richmond

After graduating from Utah State University

Richmond’s giving spirit

Work with the Central City Community Center

Photo Courtesy: Utah State University

Courtesy of USU Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library

To hear the entire oral history, visit the State History Research Center.
The Mignon B. Richmond interview is located under Call Number MSS A 4051.

Check out some additional resources that tell more about the service Richmond offered her community and the people she was in contact with!

One of the many significant friendships that Richmond invested her time and energy into was with Wallace H. Thurman.  Who was Wallace Thurman, and what was his role in Utah and across the United States?

Take a look at Wilfred D Samuels and David A Hales’ “Wallace Henry Thurman: A Utah Contributor to Harlem Renaissance” article from the 2013 Utah Historical Quarterly.  

Mignon Richmond 2, receiving award

Courtesy of the Mignon Richmond family

As Richmond dedicated her life to serving the community through various organizations, she left a legacy of action and set an example for everyone to follow.

For more information on how you can live in the spirit of Mignon visit Userve and apply.

Richmond was involved in the founding of the Nettie Gregory Center in 1964, a gathering place for minority youth groups to get involved in recreational activities.  

Family Photo

Courtesy of the Mignon Richmond family

To visit the Salt Lake City park dedicated to Mignon Richmond check out this map. You can also join us in documenting your experience at Richmond Park by posting a picture on Instagram at #RememberingMignon.


Mignon Barker Richmond Audio Links

Introduction to Mignon Barker Richmond

After graduating from Utah State University

Richmond’s giving spirit

Work with the Central City Community Center

Research Resources


In addition to our Collections and Digital Collections, explore the resources below for more information on Utah History. Contact the Research Center for additional research needs.


History_Stacks2Utah State Historical Society Publications

Search books and periodicals published over the years by the Utah State Historical Society



History_childrenHistory to Go

Utah History to Go also offers information about interesting facts and lessons about Utah history, biographies of famous Utahns, and a comprehensive bibliography to help you with your Utah history quest.



Utah_GameI Love History

Kids love history too! The I Love History site has resources and interactive activities for kids of all ages.



History_CemeteriesCemeteries Database

Search cemetery and burial records from cemeteries throughout Utah.




History_MonumentMarkers and Monuments

Search markers and monuments throughout Utah and some western states.




Historic Buildings Research

Utah’s State Historic Preservation Office assists communities, agencies, and the general public in researching, surveying, designating, and treating their historic buildings and structures


History_SanbornMapsSanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps contain property information and history for many cities throughout Utah. Check out digitized Sanborn maps hosted by the University of Utah Marriott Library. Also, come to our Research Center to see hard copy Sanborn maps.


Mountain West Digital LibraryHistory_MWDL

The Mountain West Digital Library contains thousands of images from Utah institutions as well as other institutions throughout the west. As an access portal, MWDL allows patrons to search multiple institutional collections as the same time.



History_NewspapersUtah Digital Newspapers

Search numerous Utah newspapers at Utah Digital Newspapers, hosted by the University of Utah Marriott Library. Most of Utah State History’s newspapers are digitized and online at Utah Digital Newspapers.


History_UtahStateArchives2Utah State Archives

The Utah State Archives has records from Territorial and State agencies that can be researched and accessed in the joint Research Center operated by Utah State Archives and Utah State History.




Have a research question? Ask our librarians.