If you follow us on Instagram you’ve likely noticed pictures of our official mascot, Rusty.
Working in the office. Where’s my coffee?
Rusty works hard here at Salt Lake County Archives; mostly he does it in hopes that he’ll be rewarded with treats.
Ready for the next webinar.
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.
Rusty is of Poodle and Yorkie descent. Because he was adopted not much more is known about his genealogy, but he does enjoy helping others find their roots at family history conferences.
After a long morning’s work.
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.
Trying to keep track of staff in a huge records center is tricky. This In/Out board helps.
*no animals or records were hurt in the creation of this blog post.
Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith, Archivist, Salt Lake County Archives.