The archives reading room has now been closed for more than a month, but our staff are still working. We have been working from home on developing standards to better preserve born digital records that we receive, applying metadata to already digitized records so that they are more accessible, and uploading as many collections as we can to our website.
As many of you may know, the archives manages hundreds of thousands of records, in every format including paper, audiovisual materials, photographs, and artwork. Not to mention digital records including born-digital, digitized, records existing on external hard drives, flash drives, CDs, and even some floppies.
We are currently working on Tax Appraisal Cards from the 1970s – 1980s, as our archivist Michaele is constantly uploading new records to our existing online collection and indexing them so they are searchable by address or parcel number. She was also the main force behind digitizing the Marriage Applications and Licenses that just recently went up online.
As our Reference Archivist, Daniel, hasn’t been able to answer your research questions lately, he is working on getting Land Title Certificates ready to go online, adding metadata and working on quality control of digitized images. He is also busy working on setting up additional guidelines for county agencies transferring electronic records to the archives.
We are also working on uploading the Salt Lake County Library System Historical Collection to our Digital Archives pages online. Our volunteer, Ruby, has been diligently working on digitizing this history up until the virus quarantine temporarily halted this project. Items will continue to be uploaded to this collection every week.
We continue to work hard on providing access to record collections online, and are looking forward to reopening the reading room as soon as we can assure that our patrons and staff will remain safe. Meanwhile, check out our online records, our online exhibits, and also see if your question about our records has been answered in our FAQs web page.
Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continue to stay safe.
Thanks to our archives staff for allowing us a sneak peek in to their home work spaces! **No animals or humans were injured during the creation of this blog entry, although one grumpy cat was awakened from his nap to have his photo taken.