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State History is a state agency, under the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.
Wilson Martin is the current acting director of Utah State History.
State History's mission is to preserve and share the past for the present and future.
State History was originally known as the Utah State Historical Society when it was founded in 1897 by decree of Utah's first governor, Heber H. Wells. In 1967, it was renamed the Utah Division of State History.
J. Cecil Alter published the first edition of the Utah Historical Quarterly in 1928.
From 1916 to 1957, the Society was headquartered in various rooms in the State Capitol. In February 1957, the Society moved to more spacious quarters at the Kearns Mansion on 603 East South Temple (now the Governor’s Mansion). Finally, in 1977, the Society moved into the historic Rio Grande Depot, where it remains today.
Utah State Historical Society
Publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly and manages a membership program.
Research Center and Collections
Offers resources on state, county, city and family history. The Center is home to millions of documents: original manuscripts, photos, books, maps, and much more.
Offers information and help on historic preservation: National Register, tax credits, and community preservation endeavors.
Provides information for professionals and others interested in Utah’s ancient peoples
State Historic Preservation Office—Compliance
Provides guidance on preservation laws and the review process for historic and prehistoric resources.
Research Collections Catalog
Research what manuscripts and books are available at our Research Center.
Search, browse and order any of our 25,000 images relating to Utah history.
Find information on more than 556,000 people buried in Utah cemeteries.
Markers and Monuments
Search locations and texts of historical markers in Utah.
Manuscript and Photograph Collections Descriptions
Get detailed information on collections held in the Research Center.
Find a contractor for building rehab projects.