Anniversary Trivia Contest, the Final Question

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives we are holding a trivia contest every Tuesday in May.  To enter just provide an answer in the comments section below by May 31st, and we will randomly choose a winner from the correct responses.  The winners will receive fun prizes like commemorative magnets and mugs!

Our final question is:

Salt Lake County Archives currently has two collections which are digitized and available online.  What are they?

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In Recognition

Terry B. Nelson being presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Todd Welch, CIMA.

Terry B. Nelson being presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Todd Welch, CIMA President.

Terry B. Nelson holding her CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Holding her CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) met May 11-14 in Ogden, Utah, for their annual conference.  During this meeting, CIMA  presented their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, their Service Award, and the Utah Manuscripts Association (UMA) presented the Everett L. Cooley Award.

The 2016 CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Terry Blonquist Nelson, former Director of Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives.  Terry retired in 2014, having served in the position for 18 years.

Terry began her archives career in 1976, working in the microfilm and preservation section of the Utah State Archives.  She soon moved to providing public reference services, processing historical records, and managing archives staff.  While managing Patron Services, she assisted with the move of the Utah State Archives from the basement of the Capitol building to a new location, and as the Reference and Records Services Manager, she oversaw the consolidation of two record center locations in to one, involving the move of all staff and over 80,000 cubic feet of records.  In 1996, Terry left the Utah State Archives to become the director of the Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives.  She continued her dedication to archives by managing the County reference, preservation, and outreach programs. Terry greatly improved public access to historical records by overseeing the construction of a new reading room within the County Records Center.  She was also the acknowledged guru in records law, serving as the County Records Compliance Officer, the HIPAA Officer, and providing records law training and guidance on a County and State level.

Terry was very active in every one of the archives professional organizations on the local, regional, and national level, including serving as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, as past president of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, holding multiple positions in the Society of American Archivists, and was an early and dedicated member of the Utah Manuscripts Association.  She served on countless committees, assisting these organizations with their day to day business, and produced and authored articles for the NAGARA, CIMA, and ARMA newsletters. She also served the records management profession by holding leadership positions in AIIM International and ARMA International, Utah-Salt Lake chapter.

Terry  has been an instructor for the Western Archives Institute when it was held in Salt Lake City in 2001, the Utah Municipal Clerk’s Association Institute, and the Government Civil Practice Conference.   In 2013, Terry was the author of Managing Electronic Records, a NAGARA and IIMC Technical Bulletin, and even after she retired she continued to share her extensive knowledge and experience via presenting at the Utah State Archives Electronic Records conference.

The capstone to her archives career came when she was invited to represent the United States as a member of an archives diplomatic delegation in 2010, meeting archivists and discussing current archival issues throughout South Africa.

In 2014 she received the Utah Manuscripts Association Everett L. Cooley Award for career achievements and contributions to archival field.  She continues to serve as a consultant regarding archival issues for governments and associations around the West.

Terry’s lifelong dedication to and impact on the archives field is apparent through her career and professional organization involvement, but another important and lasting contribution is not as easily documented.  Terry has mentored countless emerging archivists and record managers, encouraging them in their educational and professional pursuits through unending patience and a willingness to give people an opportunity to build a career doing what they love to do.

Thank you, Terry, and Congratulations!

Award

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Anniversary Trivia Contest, Third Question

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To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives we are holding a trivia contest every Tuesday in May.  To enter just provide an answer in the comments section below by May 31st, and we will randomly choose a winner from the correct responses.  The winners will receive fun prizes like commemorative magnets and mugs!

Our third question is:

One popular collection at the Archives is our Aerial Photographic Maps collection. What County agency did these records come from?

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The Move to a New Home: More history of the Archives

Salt Lake County Records Center and Archives

Salt Lake County Records Center and Archives in West Valley

Last week we talked about the first seven years of the Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives program and its “temporary” quarters in a service garage on 800 South.

In 1994, the records were finally moved from the garage to the current Records Center in West Valley.  The 30,000 square foot center was known as the “Wadsworth building” because it had once been the home of the Wadsworth Publishing Company.  Though the records themselves moved, reference services for the public were still conducted out of an office in the Government Center.

Records Center in West Valley

Records Center in West Valley

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Part of the West Valley Records Center

That changed in 2006, when renovations were made to the “Wadsworth building” to create a public reading room, reference desk, processing space, and offices. This allowed the consolidation of county agency records management, archival records storage, and public reference services under the same roof for the first time.

Official opening of the new Archives reading room. Left to right: Councilman Marvin Hendrickson, Mayor Peter Corroon, Administrative Services Director April Townsend.

Official opening of the new Archives reading room in 2006. Left to right: Councilman Marvin Hendrickson, Mayor Peter Corroon, Administrative Services Director April Townsend.

Researchers in the Archives reading room

In 2007 the public website for the Archives was launched, which included in-depth descriptions of collections and online exhibits. Seven years later, the first digital records collections, County birth and death records, became available online.  Over the last five years the Archives has developed social media outreach through efforts like this blog, Twitter, and most recently an Archives Instagram account.

We’re grateful for this opportunity to look back at the history of the Records Management and Archives program and look forward to seeing what the next thirty years will bring.

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Anniversary Trivia Contest, Question Two

How much do you know about Salt Lake County History?

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives we are holding a trivia contest every Tuesday in May.  To enter just provide an answer in the comments section below by May 31st, and we will randomly choose a winner from the correct responses.  The winners will receive fun prizes like commemorative magnets and mugs!

Our second question is:

What year was the Salt Lake County Volunteer Fire Department organized?

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7 Years of “Temporary” Storage: The Early Years of the Archives

In September 1985, Salt Lake County held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Government Center. The site, at 2001 State Street, was an important location in the County’s history.  From 1885 until 1965 it had served as the location of the County Hospital.  When the hospital closed in 1965, the buildings remained and were used to house some County offices.

Room in the old Salt Lake County Hospital containing records to move out. Photo taken 1986.

Room in the Salt Lake County Hospital containing records to move to temporary storage. Photo taken in 1986.

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Records stacked in the Salt Lake City and County building. Photo taken in 1986.

In preparation for the move from those former hospital offices and from the former home of county government, the City-County building, a program was created to evaluate, inventory, and relocate the records of county agencies.  That program began in May 1986 with a full-time contract project consultant. Two interns assisted from May – August, and  two part-time archive clerks worked from October – December.  Staff moved the records to what was supposed to be a temporary records storage center in a County motor pool service garage on 800 South.

County motor pool service garage, aka temporary records storage.

County motor pool service garage, aka temporary records storage.

Last week, we wrote about the down-to-the-wire efforts of the staff to complete that work, and the report by the project manager that advocated a permanent records program.

As a result of those efforts, in January 1987 the permanent Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives program was established with one full time coordinator and two part-time archives clerks.

Records Management and Archives staff, circa 1987/1988.

Records Management and Archives staff, circa 1987/1988. Front, seated: Dave Singer. Back, left to right: Tony ?, Robert Westby (first County Records Manager), Robert Zito.

For seven years, these early staff members personally delivered records from the service garage to county agencies, carefully working around the car lifts which still remained in the garage floor.  They also provided services to the public from an office in the new Government Center. A report in November 1988 indicated that they received an average of 50 information requests per month.

Paul Palmer, second Records Manager, at work in the 800 South records center. Photo 1993.

Paul Palmer, second Records Manager, at work in the 800 South records center. Photo 1993.

In 1992, Salt Lake County made history when it passed the first county records law ordinance in the state of Utah.  The law helped ensure that inactive records from county agencies, in accordance with state law, would be managed by the Records Management and Archives program.

Next week we’ll talk about another big move in the history of the program.

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Anniversary Trivia Contest

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How much do you know about Salt Lake County History?

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives we are holding a trivia contest every Tuesday in May.  To enter just provide an answer in the comments section below by May 31st, and we will randomly choose a winner from the correct responses.  The winners will receive fun prizes like commemorative magnets and mugs!

Our first question is –

Who was the first Salt Lake County Sheriff?

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