Please Welcome:

Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives recently hired a new manager, Maren Slaugh.  Maren came to us from the Sandy Police Department, where she had been the Assistant Records Manager for 2 years.  Her career with Sandy Police spanned a total of 10 years, during which she served as the Privacy and Security Coordinator (TAC) in the Records Division for 7 years prior to becoming a supervisor.  She worked closely with the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) to maintain State standards regarding criminal records, and also with the FBI for crime reporting statistics.  As one of the Records supervisors, she helped the Sandy Police Department implement a new records management system called Versadex.

To introduce our readers to Maren, a short Q and A session was held:

How did you become interested in the field of Records Management?

Maren: I applied for the job in Sandy 10 years ago and fell in love with Records Management when I became the Privacy and Security Coordinator (TAC). In the course of my work, I met with people from different law enforcement and state agencies that also had the same desire to keep accurate and transparent records and information.

What are the issues in RM that you feel are most important to focus on?

Maren: Among many issues, being able to get a handle on maintaining the integrity of electronic records, and disaster recovery related to both analog and digital records.

How are you adapting to life at the County Records Center? Any likes or dislikes yet?

Maren: After 10 years of having to wear a uniform, I can now break out and wear what I want.  Except that now I don’t know what to wear….

What are some of your interests outside of work that you would like to share with us?

Maren: In my free time I enjoy volunteering for the Center for the Arts, and for the last 8 years I have been very involved with the Sundance Film Festival.  As a Food Network addict, I love to cook (although in deference to my waistline, I give most of the desserts that I create away to friends).

During my career with the police, I served on the Child Abduction Response Team, and I have been extremely fortunate to be able to continue to be a member of this team.

In the short time that I have been at the Archives, I have already caught the genealogy bug and now spends hours conducting research in to my ancestry.

Salt Lake County Records Manager Maren Slaugh

Salt Lake County Records Manager Maren Slaugh

Maren started with Records Management and Archives on June 15.  Welcome, Maren!

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Days of ’47: Retro

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Days of’ ’47 Official Program, July 1968.  Publications, Series AD-022. Salt Lake County Archives.

Happy Pioneer Day!

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New Acquisition: Newspapers

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Are you frustrated with your research? Need another avenue to explore? We have a new acquisition that may help!

Salt Lake County Archives recently acquired copies of two Utah newspapers and two national newspapers:

  • The Deseret News, 1867-January 2015
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, 1959 – January 2015
  • The New York Times, 1852-2003
  • The Wall Street Journal, 1972-2004

All newspapers are on microfilm, with the exclusion of the indexes for the New York Times which are available in volumes.  The Salt Lake County Library System had been the custodian of the microfilm for many years, but transferred the newspapers to add to the resources for research for patrons at the Archives.

To set up an appointment to view the newspapers, please contact us!  385-468-0820 or

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Prison Turned Park

As the Utah State Prison potentially faces a third move in its 160 year history, many have plans for the site.  After the relocation of the Utah State Prison from its first location along 2100 South 1400 East in Salt Lake City to its current Bluffdale site, some of the original intent for that vacated site was much different than the Sugar House Park that now exists:

February 1951
The Utah State Prison in Sugar House was closed in February 1951 after a new prison was completed in Bluffdale at Point of the Mountain at the south end of Salt Lake Valley. The original prison in Sugar House was completed in 1857 as the territorial prison. After its closure in 1951, the prison property, consisting of 180 acres, remained in state ownership and various proposals were considered by the state legislature during its 1951 session. Ownership of the site passed to Salt Lake City for use as a public park. The original intent was to allow the Sons of Utah Pioneers move its museum collection to the property and establish a pioneer village. About 118 acres would be devoted to the pioneer village, with another 30 acres being used for a new Salt Lake City high school. The remainder, about 30 acres, would be used by the state highway department for a new super highway. (Deseret News, January 9, 1951; March 15, 1951; April 21, 1954). Source:

Take a look back at this 1956 map that shows some of the original plans for the former prison site/current Sugar House Park:

Preliminary Study for Land Use of Prison Site Property for the Development of a City park, 1956.

Preliminary study for land use of prison site property for the development of a city park, 1956.

Preliminary study for land use of prisn site property for the development of a city park, 1956.

Preliminary study for land use of pris0n site property for the development of a city park, 1956.


For more information about the history of the Utah State Prison, check out:

Preliminary study for land use of prison site property for the development of a city park, 1956. RM 020. Salt Lake County Archives.  

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More Than Just Pickles

741 South 400 West, image taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs, parcel 15-12-130-016.

741 South 400 West, image taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs.

The Utah Pickle Company building located at 741 South 400 West is much beloved by many citizens of the Salt Lake Valley and beyond.  Most of the building was constructed in 1894 (see the plot plan below for details), and it still plays a vital role in the community.  In years past the building housed artists and hosted art events, and it is within the Granary District which is currently undergoing plans for redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization.

The image above is definitely worth enlarging and taking a closer look.  Some of the details to be seen include the rows of barrels on the loading dock, and what I am pretty certain is the word “Mustard” painted on the front (look above the chalkboard with the tax number written on it).  The company may not have been limited to producing just pickles, or it is a remnant from an earlier time.  In fact, the 1906 Salt Lake City Directory lists the “Mount Pickle Company” operating in this building, and they were manufacturers of “Pickles, Mustards, Sauces, Baked Pork and Beans, and Vinegar.”

The 1898 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Salt Lake City shows the “Grant Soap Company” conducting its business in this building at that time.

Who will the next occupants be?  Stay tuned for the next chapter in the story of this historical building.

Tax Appraisal Card, 1936. 1-383.

Tax Appraisal Card from 1936 showing the building dimensions and the built date for each section. Serial 1-383.

Utah Pickle Company in 1977.

Utah Pickle Company in 1977.


Salt Lake City, Utah, City Directory, 1906. R.L. Polk and Co., accessed 04/24/2015.

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1898.  J. Willard Marriott Digital Library, University of Utah, accessed 04/24/2015.

Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, Parcel 15-12-130-016; serial 1-383.  

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The Circus (was) Coming

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563 West 100 South. Image taken in October 1936.

A Cole Bros. Circus advertisement was pasted on to this building sometime between 1935 and October 1936. Clyde Beatty, famous wild animal trainer, joined the circus in 1935 and his name is featured on the poster.  The Salt Lake County tax assessor visited this building in October 1936, taking the above image (complete with pedestrian).

The Cole Bros. Circus was started by W.W. Cole in 1884, venturing out to perform in the West in the 1920s, and is still in operation today. Over the years the circus featured such performers as the Great Wallendas, the Cristiani Family bareback riders, and even Burt Lancaster performed on the trapeze. Check out more of the history of this long running circus.

This building was located at 563 West 100 South in Salt Lake City.  Built circa 1886, the front was a brick 2 story, with a single story adobe section on the back.  When the above image was taken in 1936 it was owned by Helena B. Tracy. It was torn down by 1967.


Cole Bros. Circus history webpage, accessed 04/07/2015.

Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, 1-2376.

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Ode to Snow

46 South Smokey Lane, Emigration Canyon, 1984, Planning Photos coll

Emigration Canyon, 1984. Salt Lake County Planning and Development photograph collection.


This house up Emigration Canyon Road is located between Pioneer Gulch and Sheep Gulch.  The canyon and house were hit with multiple snowstorms in the winter of 1984, as this photograph shows.

Thank goodness this little girl was up to the job of digging it all out.

Source: This image was discovered recently while processing a large collection of photographs carefully gathered by Salt Lake County Planning and Development and sent to the Archives.  The collection contains images of residential and commercial buildings from the 1950s-2000s.  

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