RootsTech 2018 Is Next Week

RootsTech 2018 will be coming to Salt Lake City next week.  The exhibit hall will open the evening of Wednesday, February 28, and then the conference kicks off the following day.  If you are attending, please stop by booth #237 and say hello!  While there, check out the freebies that our records elves have been busy gathering for you.

We hope to see you there!

Please note:  The Archives will be open until 12 noon on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28.  We will be closed the rest of the week but will fill requests as quickly as we can when staff return.  

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Additional Records Now Available Online

Salt Lake County Archives now has more records available online.  In addition to birth and death records, we now have land records, early road project records, coroner’s records, maps, and records from the Health Department.  Additional records will be added soon, so please watch this space!

Image from Health Department, 1956.

 

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RootsTech Conference is Coming

 

We are happy to announce that the Salt Lake County Archives will be an exhibitor at the upcoming RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City.  This will be the first year that the County Archives will have a table in the Expo Hall at the Salt Palace, and hope that those attending will stop by to say hi, and learn about the many family history records that we have available.  RootsTech starts on February 28 and will continue until March 3.

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Lost Sugar House

1201 East 2100 South.  Image taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs, 16-20-226-002, serial 6-004.  

1201 East 2100 South. Image taken in 1965. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs, 16-20-226-002, serial 6-004.  

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Prohibition

One thing that often jumps out of the documents at the archives is the climate of the time. Even if the dates were removed, you’d be able to place them in their time period. We’ve been sharing some of our finds from the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Correspondence, most of which comes from the 1930s and 1940s. Sometimes the contents could belong in other times and places, like letters warning neglectful parents that they need to provide for their children, which unfortunately could be from just about any time in the 20th and 21st centuries. Other times they are clearly of the moment, like when they discuss WPA projects placing them within the New Deal era. The contents of the letter we are sharing today place it squarely in the era of prohibition. It is dated 1935, which is the tail end of prohibition in Utah.  By the end of that year it would be possible to purchase alcohol legally in this state.

In the letter, the Superintendent of the Salt Lake County Hospital asks the Board of County Commissioners (who forwarded the question to the County Attorney) for help with the annual expense for alcohol. It was an interesting plan. The hospital spent nearly a thousand dollars a year on alcohol, which they would presumably use for medicinal purposes. The Superintendent suggested that the alcohol the County Sheriff seized, which was then marked for destruction, should instead be given to the Hospital.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the request was denied.

Salt Lake County Attorney’s Correspondence, series AD-006. Salt Lake County Archives.

Salt Lake County Attorney’s Correspondence, series AD-006. Salt Lake County Archives.

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith,  Archivist,  Salt Lake County Archives.  

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Happy Holidays!

Christmas wishes sent to the Salt Lake County Attorney, circa 1940. Salt Lake County Attorney’s Correspondence, series AY-303.

Happy holidays to all of our readers!  Thank you for your comments and support throughout this year.

Please note: The Archives will be open limited hours through the end of December.  We will be closed Christmas Day, December 25.

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Published!

One of our archivists, Michaele Smith, has had an article published in the latest Utah Historical Quarterly!  The article is based upon a chapter of her PhD dissertation, and is an examination of rape cases in Utah during World War II and the years preceding it to explore the difficulties women faced when reporting rape.

Michaele received her PhD in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2013, and has authored many of the entries for this blog.

Check out the article’s Web Extra on the Utah Historical Quarterly’s website, and read the entire article in the Summer 2017 (volume 85, number 3) issue recently released.

A cartoon from “The Wolf,” a syndicated comic. Printed in the “Hillfielder,” a Hill Air Force Base newspaper, in 1945. The cartoon implied that women could defend unwanted advances if they really wanted to.

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