The Utah State Historical Society has a long tradition of awarding special citations for scholarship and extraordinary contributions to Utah’s history or an allied field. Awards may be as follows:

The Utah State Historical Society’s highest honors are the Fellow and Honorary Life Member awards. These honors are selected by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of State History.

The Fellow of the Utah State Historical Society: Citation reads "for a distinguished career of [research and writing / service] in the field of [state history / historic preservation / archaeology].” Fellows must have a long and distinguished career in scholarly research and writing in, or have made an extraordinary contribution to state history, public policy, historic related public service, historic preservation or archaeology.

Honorary Life Member of the Utah State Historical Society: Citation reads “for distinguished service to the State and the Society.” Criteria include distinguished service and leadership over a long period of time.