- Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
- Utah Division of Arts & Museums
- Utah Division of Indian Affairs
- Utah State Library Division
- Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs
- U Serve Utah Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism
|Latinos in Utah|
|History of Mexico|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Search books and periodicals published over the years by the Utah State Historical Society
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.
Kids love history too! The I Love History site has resources and interactive activities for kids of all ages.
Search cemetery and burial records from cemeteries throughout Utah.
Search markers and monuments throughout Utah and some western states.
Utah’s State Historic Preservation Office assists communities, agencies, and the general public in researching, surveying, designating, and treating their historic buildings and structures
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merwin & Hulbert Pocket Army Revolver
(Click on the above image and then click, hold, and drag to view)
Merwin & Hulbert produced revolvers for only thirty years, going out of business in 1892. Among those was this pocket army .44 Calibre revolver, which used the same ammunition as a 1873 Winchester, with its mother-of-pearl handle. The use of such weapons in Wild West shows and Hollywood movies contributed to the legend of the West, but settlers did rely on firearms in everyday life. Mormon settlers traded away guns for goods with immigrants, trappers, and Native Americans. Brigham Young warned against the practice, claiming the settlers were arming the enemy by “heating the kettle of boiling water to scald your own feet.” The 1860s brought mass production of weapons and the popularity of the repeated firing feature. To Utah, the 1860s brought more involved conflicts with Native Americans and the arrival of the federal army, causing settlers to value firearms more as an asset than a commodity to be traded.