Starting mid-December Utah State History Digital Collections will move to a new system. Things will look different but the change will allow for greater discovery and access.
We have over 96,000 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 email@example.com or call 801-245-7227. Click here to order photos.
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Al Morton Photograph and Film Collection
The 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.
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
Carbon County Cookbook
The Carbon County Cookbook contains recipes from citizens of several cities in Carbon County, such as Helper, Kenilworth, Sunnyside, Hiawatha, Cameron, and Castle Gate, during the 1920s.
Cartoons and Caricatures of Men in Utah
This collection contains artwork in the form of cartoons and caricatures of men in Utah around the turn of the twentieth century. The sketches were part of a 1906 book entitled Just for Fun: Cartoons and Caricatures of Men in Utah.
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
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
Containing over 30,000 images, the Classified Photograph Collection is an artificially created collection by Utah Division of State History over a forty year period. Created as a browsing collection, it is organized by subject, containing images regarding people, architecture, cities and towns, events, and subjects of popular interest regarding Utah history.
Clifford Bray Photographs
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.
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway Payroll Ledgers, 1889-1919
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.
Ellis Reynolds Shipp Papers
This collection contains the papers of Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp, one of Utah’s first female physicians. It includes her writings in the form of correspondence to family and friends, diary entries, autobiographical works and some poetry and general notes. Subjects covered, include early medical practice, family history, polygamy, and life in nineteenth and early twentieth century Utah.
General Refractories Company Photograph Collection
This collection documents the expansion to the General Refractories Company in Lehi, Utah in 1955-1956, highlighting the brick trade as part of Utah’s clay industry.
Juanita Brooks Photograph Collection
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
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.