Utah State Historical Society

The Utah State Historical Society (USHS), founded in 1897 and now part of the Government of Utah's Division of State History, encourages the research, study, and publication of Utah history. Since 1928, the USHS has also published the Utah Historical Quarterly, a journal covering a variety of topics in Utah history.[1]

Utah State Historical Society
Denver & Rio Grande Western Depot in SLC - Feb 3, 2011.jpg
The Utah State Historical Society is now housed in the Rio Grande Depot building.
TypeGovernment organization
Headquarters300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah
Region served

Almost lost amid the parades, speeches, and other kinetic exciting of Utah's Golden Jubilee in July 1897 was the meeting of a few dozen Utahns at the Templeton Hotel in Salt Lake City to create the state historical society. Yet, when the last float was nothing more than a fading image in a wide-eyed child's memory and the final hyperbolic speech had dissipated into the summer air, the organizational work of those history-minded visionaries was already beginning to prove itself as the greatest legacy of that grand celebration.

From its modest beginnings, the Utah State Historical Society has grown to several thousand members, developed a research collection of over a million items, published over 300 issues of the Utah Historical Quarterly, led the historic preservation movement in Utah for nearly fifty years, created energetic antiquities and museums programs, and much more.

In 2014, the Utah Historical Society launched a fresh, newly designed Utah Historical Quarterly and free online "extras" to make the Utah Division of State History's existing assets - including I Love History, History to Go, the entire run of the quarterly since 1928, and a vast collection of scholarship - increasingly accessible and useful to students, scholars, and the general public.


  1. ^ See the UHQ webpage for more information.

Further readingEdit

  • Evans, Max J. (2000). "Utah State Historical Society". In Garr, Arnold K.; Cannon, Donald Q.; Cowan, Richard O. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Latter-Day Saint History. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book. p. 1282. ISBN 1-57345-822-8. OCLC 44634356..
  • Fox, Ronald (April 17, 2011). "A peek into the Utah State Historical Society". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved 2012-01-12..
  • Leonard, Glen M. (Fall 1972). "The Utah State Historical Society, 1987-1972". Utah Historical Quarterly. 40 (4): 300–334. Retrieved 2012-01-12..
  • Leonard, Glen M. (1994). "Utah State Historical Society". In Powell, Allan Kent (ed.). Utah History Encyclopedia. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. ISBN 0874804256. OCLC 30473917. Retrieved 2014-10-15..
  • Topping, Gary (Summer 1997). "One Hundred Years at the Utah State Historical Society". Utah Historical Quarterly. 65 (3): 200–302. Retrieved 2012-01-12..
  • Topping, Gary (1995). "Mormon Manuscripts at the Utah State Historical Society". In Whittaker, David J. (ed.). Mormon Americana. Provo, UT: BYU Studies. pp. 205–15..
  • "Utah State Historical Society: Sixty Years of Organized History". Utah Historical Quarterly. 25: 191–220. July 1957. Retrieved 2014-10-15..

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