Utah Archives and Libraries

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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Utah. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

The following libraries and archives are helpful for research in the state of Utah. Search the wiki for the county to locate local libraries, archives, and Family History Centers.

See also United States Archives and Libraries for a more extensive list of libraries on a national basis.

Regional National Archive

National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)
Building 48, Denver Federal Center
West 6th Avenue & Kipling
Denver, CO 80225
Telephone: 303-407-5700
Fax: 303-407-5707
Internet: National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25307
Denver, CO 80225

State Libraries and Archives

Utah State Archives and Record Service
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Phone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504
Online Catalog

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is a state government agency that works with records created by other state and local governmental entities in Utah. Records of historical value are housed in our permanent collections and are available for research. See the website for holdings and services which include an online catalog and both inhouse and online documents and photos. .

The Archives shares a the historic Rio Grande building with the Utah State Historical Society. The Research Center serves researchers of both organizations. See Research Center for the hours and link to their site.

Utah State Historical Society
300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Telephone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504
Online Catalog

The Historical Society and the Utah State Archives and Record Service are both housed in the historic Rio Grande building. They share a research facility, the Research Center where there are thousands of photographs, books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers and periodicals Center and online. See below for for the hours of operation.

The Utah State Historical Society publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, a helpful resource for Utah research since 1928.

Research Center
300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Telephone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504

Research Center hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

The Research Center serves both the Archives and the Historical Society.

Public Libraries

Logan Library
255 North Main
Logan, UT 84321
Telephone: 435-716-9120
Internet: http://library.loganutah.org/

The library has received the collection from Everton Library. The Everton collection had around 80,000 genealogical volumes.

Salt Lake City Public Library
209 East 500 South Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Telephone: 801-524-8200
Fax: 801-524-8289
Internet: http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us/

The Salt Lake City Public Library has a good heraldry collection, and better than average Western Americana collection including books about Mormon and other ethnic pioneers. They participate in inter-library loan service. Their noteworthy genealogically related databases include: HeritageQuest Online, The Pioneer (Utah's online library), Utah Digital Newspapers, Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1865-1970, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and the Biography Resource Center.

University Libraries and Special Collections

Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Telephone: 801-378-2926
Internet lib.byu.edu

Marriott Library
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Telephone: 801-581-8364
Fax: 801-585-3464

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322
Telephone: 801-797-2678
Fax: 801-797-2880

Gerald R. Sherratt Library Special Collections
Southern Utah University
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
Telephone: 435-586-7945
Fax: 435-586-8152
Email specialcoll@suu.edu

Stewart Library
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2901
Telephone: 801-626-6515
Toll Free 877-306-3140
Fax: 801-626-7045

Family History Centers

Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Telephone: 801-240-2331
Fax: 801-240-1584
E-Mail: fhl@ldschurch.org

This is the largest library devoted entirely to genealogical research in the world. It is also associated with more than 4,500 Family History Centers throughout the world. The holdings include a large collection of Utah records. Information on the hours, holidays, catalog, collection, services, key resources, and how to prepare to visit the library are on the FamilySearch web site.

The following guide book will help in using the library. It gives suggestions on preparing to visit the library, genealogy research tips, and helps in using the library.

  • Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research. 3rd ed. Turlock, California: Marietta Publishing, 1996. WorldCat 20057575

A history of the Genealogical Society of Utah was written during the centennial of the society. This book covers the beginning of the society to 1994. It contains a history of the library, of microfilming, and an overview of the Granite Mountain Records Vault.

  • Allen, James B., Jessie L. Embry and Kahlile Mehr. Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of Utah. 1894-1994. Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, Brigham Young University, 1995. WorldCat 32013266

Other guides and reference works at the Family History Library that may be helpful include:

  • Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in Select Utah Repositories. Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah State Historical Society, 1990. (Family History Library compact disc no. Four Parts 1-4.) The compact disc copy is available through the Utah State Archives. It is also part of the LDS Family History Suite 2 described in Utah Biography
  • The Family History Library has published directories for the libraries in Utah. One covers the special libraries and the other lists the public libraries.
  • Directory of Special Information Resources in Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Directory of Public Libraries in Utah, 1988-1989. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Library Division, 1989.

Utah Valley Regional Family History Center
Telephone: 801-378-6200
General Reference Telephone: 801-378-2927
Fax: 801-538-1050
Internet:Utah Valley Regional Family History Center

Private Libraries and Archives

Church History Library
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3800
Library Telephone: 801-240-2745
Archives Telephone: 801-240-2272
Internet: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library

The Church History Library is a stand alone building that sits on the block northeast of Temple Square. You will need to bring identification with a photograph, such as a driver's license. Church History Library material does not circulate to Family History Centers.

Web Sites

  • RootsWeb United States Resouces: Utah. This site provides links to vital record offices, genealogical and historical societies, queries, mailing lists, county-by-county Internet sites, and gopher sites.
  • RLIN, a guide to archives and manuscript collections in selected Utah repositories, is an online national database maintained by the Research Libraries Group accessible at member libraries. In Utah, the Utah State Archives, Utah State Historical Society, and Brigham Young University's library catalogs are online.

Some societies have biographical and genealogical records. For example, the Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers has a library and has published many histories. See the Utah Societies wiki article for more information.