The Utah Historical Quarterly began publication in 1928 and, except for several years during the 1930s and 1940s, has been published continuously since 1928. Each issue of the quarterly is 96 pages in length and usually contains four articles, book reviews, book notices, and, on occasion, letters to the editor.
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1 Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958), 51. OR (1958; reprint ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1968), 84.
2 Kate B. Carter, ed., Heart Throbs of the West, 12 vols. (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1939-51), 6:342.
3 Miles P. Romney, "Utah's Cinderella Minerals: The Nonmetallics," Utah Historical Quarterly 31 (1963): 221.
4 Ogden Standard Examiner, March 9, 1945.
5 Tony Priano, interview with author, Helper, Utah, July 29, 1975.
6 Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom, 111; Deseret News, August 29, 1944.
7 Richard E. Kotter, "An Examination of Mormon and Non-Mormon Influences in Ogden City Politics, 1847-1896" (M.A. thesis, Utah State University, 1967), 28-30. See also Carter, Heart Throbs, 7:49.
8 Priano interview.
9 C. S. Chapman to James B. Adams, January 31, 1908, Forest Service Operations, Field Offices, Record Group 95, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
10 Theresa Godbe, "Reminiscences of Rowland Hall," undated holograph, Rowland Hall Collection, State History Library, Salt Lake City.