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Utah History Day Research Resources

US History

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Library of Congress (LOC)

Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) – digitized primary sources from collections across
the West

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

The Utah Division of State History – Your Source for Utah History! 

University Research Libraries in Utah
Visit your local university library to find secondary sources such as books and articles.  Special Collections at each university house primary source materials on a wide range of topics. 

Good Places to Find Secondary Sources

More Primary Source Repositories

Museums and Historic Sites
Whether you’re working on a project that focuses on local history, national history, or international history, you’ll need both primary and secondary resources to make your project complete. Here are just some of the great places you can look for resources for your project.

If you would like to be added to this list of resources please email UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com.

Utah History Day Topic Ideas

UHD- Topic Idea Image (Western Performance) Now that you have thought about the Annual Theme, you can choose a topic to research. History Day projects can focus on Utah, United States, European, or World history.  

Make sure that your topic relates clearly to the annual theme, but most importantly, choose a subject that you are passionate about!  These are just ideas to help you get your brain started. You are free to choose a topic that does not appear on these lists. The best projects always come from topics that interest you!

Utah History Day Documentary Examples

 

Rabin of Israel: A Story of War and Peace, by Jacob Simmons, Brighton High School. National Qualifier 2018.

Conflict over Civil Rights: The Compromise of the Birmingham Retailers, by Kasper Nilsson, Waterford School. National Qualifier 2018.

Brown vs Board of Education, by Natalia Lopez, Thomas Edison Charter School North. National Qualifier 2018.

Louis D. Brandeis: Standing for the People, by Jacob Simmons, Brighton High School. National Qualifier 2017.

Long Walk of the Navajo: The 1864 Encounter at Hwéeldi and its Impacts on Dinétah,
by Kami Atcitty, Kaia Jay, and Esperanza Lee, Albert R. Lyman Middle School. National Qualifier 2016.

St. Eustatius: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange that Won the Revolution, by Jacob Simmons, Albion Middle School. National Qualifier 2016.

Through Science to Justice: Magnus Hirschfeld and Germany’s LGBT Rights Movement, by Natasha Pagel-Aprill, West High School. 8th Place, Sr. Individual Documentary, National History Day 2015.

Downwinders: Falling Out with the Government over Fallout from the Skies, by Diana Baird, Lakeridge Jr. High. 12th Place, Jr. Individual Documentary, National History Day 2014. 

¡Huelga! Delano’s Cry for Equality, by Nicholas Cockrell, David Skorut, and Harry Han, Hillcrest High School. 5th Place, Sr. Group Documentary, National History Day 2014,  and winner of the National Park Service Prize for Latino-American History.

RFK: A Ripple of Hope, by Nicholas Cockrell, David Skorut, and Harry Han, Hillcrest High School. National Qualifier 2015.

Lucius D. Clay: The General Who Saved a City, by Miguel Rust, Lakeridge Junior High. National Qualifier 2015.

Irena Sendler: A Light in the Dark, by Kate Wilhelm, Thomas Edison Charter School North.

Clara Barton: Leader in Humanitarian Aid, by Leah O’Barr, Lakeridge Jr. High.

Amelia Earhart: An Inspiration in the Air, by Shannon Baker, Carbon High School.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, by Jenna Fellows, Kate Wilhelm, and Emilee Bennett, Thomas Edison Charter School North.

Watergate: A Stand Against the Scandal, by Grayson Hardman and Justin Peng, Timberline Middle School. Nationals 2017. 

St. Eustatius: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange that Won the Revolution, by Jacob Simmons, Albion Middle School, Nationals 2016

Long Walk of the Navajo: The 1864 Encounter at Hwéeldi and its Impacts on Dinétah,
by Kami Atcitty, Kaia Jay, and Esperanza Lee, Albert R. Lyman Middle School, Nationals 2016

¡Huelga! Delano’s Cry for Equality, by Nicholas Cockrell, David Skorut, and Harry Han, Hillcrest High School. 5th Place, Sr. Group Documentary, National History Day 2014,  and winner of the National Park Service Prize for Latino-American History

Through Science to Justice: Magnus Hirschfeld and Germany’s LGBT Rights Movement, by Natasha Pagel-Aprill, West High School. 8th Place, Sr. Individual Documentary, National History Day 2015

Downwinders: Falling Out with the Government over Fallout from the Skies, by Diana Baird, Lakeridge Jr. High. 12th Place, Jr. Individual Documentary, National History Day 2014 

RFK: A Ripple of Hope, by Nicholas Cockrell, David Skorut, and Harry Han, Hillcrest High School, 2015

Lucius D. Clay: The General Who Saved a City, by Miguel Rust, Lakeridge Jr. High. Nationals 2015

Irena Sendler: A Light in the Dark, by Kate Wilhelm, Thomas Edison Charter School North

Clara Barton: Leader in Humanitarian Aid, by Leah O’Barr, Lakeridge Jr. High

Amelia Earhart: An Inspiration in the Air, by Shannon Baker, Carbon High School

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, by Jenna Fellows, Kate Wilhelm, and Emilee Bennett, Thomas Edison Charter School North