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Preservation Pro Update: October 22, 2013

Utah Division of State History
Preservation Pro Update
October 22nd, 2013

This memo is intended to update Preservation Pro users and our agency partners on what the archaeology records staff has been working on and completed during the recent months.

General Stats:

  • Archaeological report spatial data uploaded August-September 2013: 310
  • Archaeological site spatial data uploaded August-September: 464
  • Site forms scanned in August-September: 1800 (focused on Uintah County).

Site Form Access Bug

We’ve received numerous reports concerning issues accessing site forms scans- thank you for the feedback.  Our IT staff is reportedly exploring the issue and searching for a solution.  In the interim, if you are needing one or two site forms from counties already scanned (BE, BO, CA, DA, DC, DV, GR, IN, UN) please contact archrecords and we’ll see what we can do.  We encourage anyone experiencing the issue to “report a bug” via the feedback tab to escalate the issue.

Site form scanning update:

We are currently working on scanning Uintah County.  This county was chosen due to the high traffic these records are receiving.  We are over 50% complete with that county.  Our Department recently purchased a high volume scanner to expedite the project.  We currently have nine counties (BE, BO, CA, CB, DA, DC, DV, GR, and IN) scanned.

Additional Preservation Pro development update: 

Last month we were finally able to get a ‘landownership’ identifier added to the system.  We hope it’s been of use.  If you have other functionality you’d like to see added please use the “report request feature” in the feedback tab.

Preservation Pro and the Proposed “New IMACS”

We are currently preparing for the potential rollout of new site recording standards and forms in Utah.  Given the large changes to the form, and our software and financial constraints, we’ll be significantly modifying the data we retain in Preservation Pro.  Our focus will be on providing digital site forms (pdf) and basic tabular data on every submitted site.  In working with key agencies we feel this will add more value to the system.  More information is coming- but if you have questions please feel free to contact us.

New Records Email Address:

For those of you who haven’t heard, we’ve recently launched a new email address for records needs:  This is a group email address that we hope will provide quicker and better service for records needs.  Please update your email address book.

Send us your shapefiles!

Thank you to all who have generously responded to our requests for spatial data.  We continue to accept digital spatial data as an addition to your usual paper-based submission packet.  A CD or other portable media attached to the report is best (addressed to us), but we can be flexible on other the delivery methods.  We know such submissions were discouraged in the past, but change is here!

Selected Glossary of Real Estate Terms

(Used in Property Records/Title Abstracts)

Bargain and Sale Deed (B&S Deed)     
Deed that conveys the land described therein, but without any warranties whatsoever.

An instrument in writing that, when executed by the grantor and delivered to the grantee, conveys the described real estate from the one to the other.  Generic “deeds” are not commonly used; “warranty deeds” are more common (see below).

The right, privilege, or interest that one party has in the land of another; an encumbrance or limitation on the property.  It is extinguished by release, abandonment, or when the necessity no longer exists (e.g., right-of-way for road, driveway, etc.).

A person to whom real estate is conveyed; a buyer.

A person who conveys real estate by deed; a seller.

A written legal document created to effect the rights and liabilities of the parties (e.g., deed, mortgage, lien, etc.).

A special encumbrance; a charge against property whereby property is made security for the payment of a debt or charges such as a judgment, a mortgage or taxes; a lien is an asset and therefore may be assigned.  Often used by suppliers and contractors who have not been paid.

Lis Pendens
Suit pending.  Usually recorded in order to give notice of pending litigation to potential buyers or lenders.

Mayor’s Deed (MD)
Deed given under the original dispersal of the property in a town by the mayor.

Mortgage (Mtge)
A written instrument recognized by law by which real property is pledged to secure a debt or obligation; a lien on real property.

Quitclaim Deed (QCD)
Deed given when the grantee already has, or claims, complete or partial title to the premises and grantor has a possible interest that otherwise would constitute a cloud upon the title. (Not used for conveyance purposes.)

A measure of length containing 16-1/2 feet.  A term often used in older legal descriptions of property.  Another archaic term is “chain,” which is 66 feet.

Sheriff’s Deed
A deed given when property is sold by court order to satisfy a judgment.

Tax Deed
A deed given by the tax collector to the county and which terminates all rights of redemption.

Tax Sale
Sale of property after a period of nonpayment of taxes.

Tax Title
The title by which one holds lands purchased at a tax sale.

Trust Deed (TD)
A conveyance of real estate to a third person to be held for the benefit of a beneficiary, which is ordinarily repayment of a loan made to the trustor; similar to a mortgage.

Warranty Deed (WD)
The most common type of deed used to transfer property.  It contains a covenant that the grantor will protect the grantee against any claimant; contains covenants of title against encumbrances and of quiet enjoyment.

Utah Historical Quarterly Summer 2014

Volume 82, Number 2 (Summer Issue):

Utah’s history is more diverse than you think! Check out the Summer 2014 issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly to learn more about where Utah has been, and how we’ve come to where we are today. Join the Historical Society for your own copy.



Cover of the UHQ Summer 2014

This Was the Place: The Making and Unmaking of Utah
By Jared Farmer

William Hope Harvey and the Ogden Mardi Gras
By Val Holley

A Personal Tribute to the “Real” Historic Twenty-Fifth Street
By Fred Seppi

Conquering the Black Ridge: The Communitarian Road in Pioneer Utah
By Todd Compton

The Palmer and Driggs Collections at Southern Utah University
By Janet Seegmiller

The history of Utah—and the very human desire to understand the past—has kept the staff of Utah Historical Quarterly busy for more than eighty-five years. As the new director of the Division of State History and as the editor of the Quarterly, I see Utah’s history as Tip O’Neill saw politics: it’s all local. In other words, the success of the Quarterly is tied to our ability to understand, listen, and respond to you, the reader, and to the citizens of Utah.

With this in mind, during the last year we have reached out to Utah’s leaders, to our readers, and to the broad history-loving community in Utah, and we have decided to make some changes to UHQ. In addition to long research articles—which will always constitute the bulk of the Quarterly—we will periodically publish essays, primary documents, updates from archives around the state, and a historic image spotlight, among other features. This issue, for instance, includes information about two valuable collections at Southern Utah University and a charming photograph from a party held in the midst of the Great Depression. Most noticeably, the Quarterly has a fresh, new graphic design. Throughout its long history, UHQ has gone through several redesigns, the last in 2000; a gallery of representative covers is available online (see below).

The Summer 2014 issue of UHQ also marks our first effort to present a mixture of web and print material, with an extended version of Jared Farmer’s essay, “The Making and Unmaking of Utah.” The online version of this piece contains nearly one hundred images that support Farmer’s text and tell stories in a way that print cannot match. Look for web extras at the end of this and other articles. This is a humble beginning to what we hope will become a robust online resource for those who love accessible, thoughtful history.

We have reorganized the Quarterly’s office into two equal and complementary sections. Dr. Holly George will remain largely responsible for print content, and Dr. Jedediah S. Rogers—who joined UHQ’s staff as this issue went to press—will pursue digital content. Both sides of the Quarterly will be offered as a seamless reading experience.

Though much is changing with UHQ, much will stay the same. We remain especially committed to publishing peer-reviewed articles that explore the breadth and depth of Utah’s past. For instance, in addition to the pieces mentioned above, this issue features three articles that offer something of a variation on the theme of the “making of Utah.” In our second article, Val Holley tells the story of William Hope Harvey, a booster determined to draw attention to Ogden by mounting a lavish Mardi Gras celebration there in 1890. The third article carries the history of Ogden forward to the mid-twentieth century, with the reminiscences of Fred Seppi about his childhood experience of watching life on Twenty-Fifth Street. Finally, Todd Compton describes the struggles of nineteenth-century pioneers to build a road through the Black Ridge area of southern Utah.

Web extra: View UHQ’s past graphic designs at


John L. Kessell
Miera y Pacheco: A Renaissance Spaniard in Eighteenth-Century New Mexico
Reviewed by Steven K. Madsen

Allan Kent Powell, ed.
Nels Anderson’s World War I Diary

Reviewed by Douglas D. Alder

Robert S. McPherson, Jim Dandy, and Sarah E. Burak
Navajo Tradition, Mormon Life: The Autobiography and Teachings of Jim Dandy
Reviewed by Farina King

Linda Scarangella McNenly
Native Performers in Wild West Shows: From Buffalo Bill to Euro Disney
Reviewed by Robert S. McPherson

Allen V. Parkham and Steven R. Evans
Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu
Reviewed by John D. Barton

Utah Historical Quarterly

Utah Historical Quarterly began publication in 1928 and, except for several years during the 1930s and 1940s, has been published continuously since 1928. The journal is filled with articles, memoirs, primary sources, book reviews, and photos. Members of the Utah State Historical Society receive UHQ four times yearly. You may:

Simply hit “search” on the side bar on the right to view a chronological archive of the Utah State Historical Society publications.

Search the Utah Historical Quarterly Archives

Search Markers and Monuments

The database page for Markers and Monuments is this page.

Markers and Monuments Database

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Archaeology Records

Archaeology Records offers a number of resources for state, federal and private consultants to help search and submit archaeological data.


Records References

  • Fees for FY2017 – effective July 1, 2016
  • About Records – Read more about the services we provide and what we can do to help you with your research or next project.
  • Preservation Pro – Preservation Pro is State History’s cultural resource data management system. Information and updates can be found here. Need more information on Preservation Pro? Read the FAQ.
  • File Searching – How to do a file search for qualified archaeological personnel.
  • Project Number Request – How to get a Utah project number for your archaeological report.
  • Site Number Request – New standards for receiving Smithsonian Trinomials, effective April 1, 2016
  • Linear Sites – Everything you would ever want to know about linear site standards in Utah.
  • How to Receive an IMACS Code – Each archaeological firm submitting archaeological reports in Utah should receive an IMACS Survey Organization Code.
  • IMACS Manual – An invaluable resource for archaeologists working in Utah.

Submission References

Other References

  • Archaeology permits
    Archaeological surveys and excavations on state lands must be completed under the supervision of a principal investigator permitted by the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO).
  • Utah Professional Archaeological Council
    The Utah Professional Archaeological Council (UPAC) was established in May 1982 to maintain and promote the goals of professional archaeology in the state of Utah. Please note: Clicking this link will take out of the State History web site.
  • Museums and curation facilities
    A list of museums and curation facilities where you can seek assistance with objects you have  found in Utah.

History Publications

All of State History’s publications are now easy to access, search, and read in our new SimpleDL digitial library system.

Search Utah State History Publications

(To see all available online issues, leave the search box blank)

Publications Online


  • Utah Archaeology an annual peer-reviewed journal published by State History and its partners.
  • Antiquities Section Selected Papers, a monograph series designed to examine and interpret the prehistoric cultures of Utah.
  • Utah Historical Quarterly has published the best of scholarly Utah history since 1928. Utah State Historical Society members receive the Quarterly as a benefit of membership.
  • Beehive History, published annually from 1974 to 2002, contains short, interesting stories and photos about Utah’s past. Beehive History is a good source for student research and can be found in many Utah libraries and schools.
  • Utah Centennial County History Series, recognizing the importance of Utah’s counties, the Utah State Legislature established in 1991 a Centennial History Project to write and publish county histories as part of Utah’s statehood centennial commemoration.
  • History Blazer, published monthly from 1995-1996, news of Utah’s past from the Utah State Historical Society.
  • Utah Preservation, a full-color magazine published annually from 1997-2007, highlights historic preservation efforts around the state.


  • A Way of Seeing.  Discovering the Art of Building in Spring City, Utah
  • Brigham Street
  • Building by the Railyard
  • Carbon County:  Eastern Utah’s Industrialized Island
  • Corinne – The Gentile Capital of Utah
  • Emery County:  Reflections on Its Past and Future
  • First 100 Years:  A History of the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Historic Buildings of Downtown Salt Lake City
  • Let ‘Em Holler – A Political Biography of J. Bracken Lee
  • Not by Bread Alone:  The Journal of Martha Spence Heywood
  • Of Work and Romance – Discovering Utah Barns
  • On the Ragged Edge:  The Life and Times of Dudley Leavitt
  • San Juan County, Utah:  People, Resources, and History
  • The Architecture of Fort Douglas, Utah, 1862-1995
  • The Avenues of Salt Lake City
  • The Peoples of Utah
  • Utah’s Historic Architecture, 1847-1940

Professional and Technical Literature

Bracing for the Big One (1993) A practical guide to protecting your historic home against earthquake damage.

Adapting for Access: ADA Compliance in Historic Structures (pdf) A brochure on the Americans with Disabilities Act and historic buildings, developed in 1998.

Signs and Awnings for Downtowns (pdf) A workbook for business and property owners.

Restoring an Historic Commercial Building (pdf) A workbook for business and property owners.