If you follow us on Instagram you’ve likely noticed pictures of our official mascot, Rusty.
Rusty works hard here at Salt Lake County Archives; mostly he does it in hopes that he’ll be rewarded with treats.
Rusty is a therapy dog (licensed with Therapy Dogs International). This means he is highly skilled at getting petted. He has attended conferences and sits in on meetings, but mostly he provides moral support.
One of our archivists, Michaele, rescued Rusty 10 years ago. Shortly after that they moved to Virginia to attend the College of William and Mary, returning to Utah and to the Salt Lake County Archives in 2016. He is a well-traveled dog, having driven cross country twice (well, rode along). He has also flown to archives all over the country, including the National Archives in Seattle, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Maryland, as well as several smaller archives in Pennsylvania and Washington State.
*no animals or records were hurt in the creation of this blog post.
Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith, Archivist, Salt Lake County Archives.