Emery County Archives
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On our way to Emery 1903--Les Hafen. (Photo by
Past and Making it Accessible to the Public for the Present and the
Emery County Archives is dedicated
obtaining and preserving donations of family, organization, and agency
documents and artifacts. In this aspect, the Archives will be a major
resource for research and documentation of the history, life, and culture
of the people of the Castle Valley region.
Emery County Archives is the
answer to the question:
"What shall we do with this?"
an older parent or grandparent dies, sometimes the children divide up
their papers and photos, and other memorabilia, or throw them away. All of
these things could provide some valuable information to future
grandchildren and even the communities. Usually as the family grows and
separates, no one knows who has that "picture Mom used to have." When a
collection or item is donated to the Archives, it is preserved, and
it is always available for copies, research, or loans--such as when
someone in the family needs to present an item for a school project, etc.
The Archives is open to the public
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Phone:
435-381-3563. Shirley Begay is the Archives Administrator. If you need
research information or would like to make a donation of historic items to
the Archives, at any other time, you may contact Dixie Swasey in the
We assist the public in finding
historic information on almost all aspects of this county including
personal histories, oral histories, mine disasters, ranching, schools,
mills, Manti Forest, outlaws, changes in the landscape, effects of World
War II in our area, etc. (See "Collections" and "Research Information.")
Copies are 25 cents each.
We use archival procedures and
products to preserve every item. Each item is assigned an accession number
with a description of the item(s) donated. The donor is given credit on
every item donated.
Donations to the Archives:
Make a donation to the Archives of
anything from documents to textiles. We will make copies of historic
documents or photos for you to keep a copy in the family, or we will make
a copy for the Archives and give you back the original, if you do not want
us to preserve it.
The donor signs a deed of gift,
noting any stipulations they may choose It is then available for anyone
to look at and examine or use for research (unless otherwise stipulated by
the donor--such as "public access not allowed until Aunt. . .dies.")
You may download a copy of Deed of Gift and fill it out and bring it with
your donation, if you would like, or fill one out here.
We have private collections from
individuals that include photos, letters, school books, recipe books,
greeting cards, memorabilia of all kinds, and even some vintage clothing.
We have storage for photos, magazines, pamphlets, calendars, audio tapes,
video tapes, microfilm, personal histories, textiles, and we have a
library room to house old books and sets of books.
Two of Utah's great historians have
come from Emery County: Edward Geary and Kent Powell. They have each
donated a collection of their works to Emery County Archives, which are
among our prized possessions and will be extremely helpful to anyone doing
research of our area.
Emery County Archives specifically welcomes
the following donations.
Yearbooks from every school in Emery
North Emery High School information
Central School information
Miss Emery Co. Pageant
Stories or legends in your family of
anything related to Castle Valley, including the outlaws. (Folklore is a
great part of history.)
Historic magazines, brochures,
Historic photos of anything
pertaining to Castle Valley area
Photos of people who have any
association with this area
IF YOU HAVE ANY
OF THESE THINGS OR ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE, PLEASE CALL
435- 381-3563 AND
LEAVE A MESSAGE. THANK YOU!