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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