The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB), administered by the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service, has announced that the Salt Lake County Archives is a recipient of its Spring 2021 grant funding to preserve and provide access to Utah’s history. Salt Lake County Archives was awarded $2,240.00 to digitize Salt Lake County Commission Minutes from 1852-1972. The digital records will then be available online in the near future. The minutes that are typewritten will also have OCR applied, enabling users to search by any keyword within the pages.
The Commission Minutes are an invaluable resource for both researchers in the history of Salt Lake County, the state of Utah, and the Western United States; for genealogists researching their families in the county; and for county agencies needing information about decisions made by the county prior to 1973. “Virtually any person living in, or any activity taking place in, unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County (up to and including the incorporation of municipalities) was affected by the actions of the county commission and is reflected in the minutes. They document, record, and describe the structural, economic, and social foundations and development of Utah as a territory, Salt Lake as a county, and the early cities only a few years after the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers. The minutes outline the business mode, ethics, philosophies, and decisions of the county.”
The USHRAB’s grant program is funded by a State Board Programming Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at the National Archives. The USHRAB assists public and private non-profits, as well as non-Federal government entities throughout the State of Utah in the preservation and use of historical records.
A huge thank you to USHRAB and the NHPRC at the National Archives for this wonderful opportunity!
Source: Salt Lake County (Utah). County Commission Minutes. Series 3790. Utah State Archives finding aid.