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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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.
The 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.
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.