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Utah State History Digital Collections

We have over 95,000 terrific digital photographs, manuscripts, and some artifacts. In addition to these items, our Research Center has thousands of additional photographs, manuscripts, books, and pamphlets that are available to researchers. See our collections page for a better idea of what we have. If you want more information or have questions, email or call 801-245-7227. Click here to order photos.

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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. 

Artifact Collection

History_BroochB Over 28,000 artifacts make up the State’s collection, documenting Utah’s past in a tangible way. Visit our Power of Objects digital exhibit to explore four interesting artifacts.




C. R. Savage Portrait Collection

History_Savage_2The C. R. Savage Portrait Collection contains almost 15,000 images of men, women, and children who went to the Savage studio in Salt Lake for a portrait sitting during the 1930s.


Charles Raymond Varley Slide Collection, 1868-1986


An ode to architecture, this collection contains images of commercial, religious, and residential buildings of Salt Lake City. How architecture was used for advertising is also an interesting aspect of this collection. “Then and now” images compare the 1886 Salt Lake streets to the streets of 1986. Researchers will note the continued change to downtown Salt Lake when comparing the 1986 images to present day.

Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah

History_CCC1 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

History_Class 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

History_BrayClifford 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_Ledgers The 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_brooks The 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.

The Kent Day Family Collection, 1917-1919

History_Day The Kent Day Family Collection contains photographs and letters collected by different day family members, predominantly Ada Elizabeth Day. This collection documents the beginning of World War I from the perspective of different soldiers stationed in various places. The collection also includes documentation of the death of David Day who died of Spanish Influenza.

KUED Topaz Residents Collection

History_topaz 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

History_Larson1 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.

Movies Made in Utah

History_Movies Hollywood loved Utah for its old west feel. The Movies Made in Utah collection contains images from various productions filmed in Utah, as well as a photo album of a Utah film production studio.


Peoples of Utah

History_Peoples The 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_farnsworth The 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_city The 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

History_Schools 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

History_Shipler 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

History_Woolley 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.


Theater Programs Collection

History_Theater This collection contains programs for dramatic and musical performances at different theatrical establishments in Utah from 1866-1995. Most are from the Salt Lake Theatre, built in 1861 and considered one of the finest theaters west of the Mississippi.

Topaz – Our Daily Diary

History_Topaz Our Daily Diary is a diary kept by the High Third Grade children at the Topaz War Relocation Center during World War II. Students and their teacher document their every day experiences during the time of internment of Japanese-Americans.


Utah 2002 Olympic Legacy Collection

History_GovOly 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_GovOly2 The 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.

Utah State Legislators Photographs

History_LegPorMen and women have been serving Utah citizens in the Utah State Legislature since before Utah was officially a state. This collection has images of legislators serving from various Utah counties from 1895-1963.


Utah Power and Light Collection

History_UPL The Utah Power and Light Collection has images of various schools, businesses, homes, hospitals, service stations, and street scenes mostly in the Salt Lake Valley. Some of the images highlight the lighting of some of the structures.


William Edward Hook Glass Negative Collection

History_Hook 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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