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What We Do

Utah State History’s mission is to preserve and share the past for a better present and future.

Cool photo of intersection at 200 So. West Temple in 1918

Intersection at 200 So. and West Temple in 1918

Utah State Historical Society
Utah Historical Quarterly

Library and Collections
State History has been actively documenting Utah’s diverse history, and collecting rare and unique historical materials for over ninety years. We have an extensive collection of manuscripts, photos, books, maps, and much more. View the  collections overview to discover the diversity of our collection.

We also maintain historical data that is searchable including the Cemeteries and Burials Program and the Monuments and Markers database.

Historic Buildings
Preservation assistance for individuals and communities

Archaeological records and ancient human remains recovery

State Historic Preservation Office Compliance (SHPO)
Guidance on preservation laws and the review process

As a state agency, we provide services, technical assistance, and information to a many different businesses, industries, agencies, and individuals.

We work to:

  • Strengthen Utah’s economic health, particularly in rural areas.
  • Make communities better places, where people feel at home and grounded in heritage.
  • Foster individual learning, understanding, and excitement about their heritage.
  • Provide tools and assistance to agencies and local governments to help them do their jobs more efficiently.
  • Preserve knowledge and resources for future generations.
  • State History provides all services and information as a non-regulatory, business-friendly agency.

More Background

In 1897, public-spirited Utahns organized the Utah State Historical Society in order to expand public understanding of Utah’s past.  Today, the Utah Division of State History administers the Society and, as part of its statutory obligations, publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, which has collected and preserved Utah’s unique history since 1928. The Division also collects materials related to the history of Utah; assists communities, agencies, building owners, and consultants with state and federal processes regarding archaeological and historical resources; administers the ancient human remains program; makes historical resources available in a specialized research library; offers extensive online resources and grants; and assists in public policy and the promotion of Utah’s rich history.

Strategic Plans

State History Strategic Plan 2011-2016

Strategic Plan 2009

Acknowledgement of Support

The activity that is the subject of this website has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the State Historic Preservation Office of Utah. The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the Utah State Historic Preservation Office.

Nondiscrimination Statement

This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.