What We Do
State History is a state agency, a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.
State History provides services, technical assistance, and streamlined information access--through online databases and published and unpublished sources--to a variety of businesses, industries, and individuals. These include cultural resource management companies, heritage trade industries, building owners and developers, media, professional researchers and genealogists, heritage tourism businesses, and education. In addition, State History provides services to federal and state agencies seeking 106/404 consultation, to cities and counties seeking to develop their heritage resources. The general public also use and benefit from our information, services, and resources. State History provides all services and information as a non-regulatory, business-friendly agency.
We offer services in these areas:
Utah State Historical Society
Utah Historical Quarterly and public history assistance
Research Center and Collections
Manuscripts, photos, books, maps, and much more
Guidance and tools for preserving, using, and developing historic buildings
Information on Utah's prehistoric human past; ancient human remains program
State Historic Preservation Office—Compliance
Guidance on preservation laws and the review process; data and consultation for 106/404 projects
Assistance for organizations and governments
Tools for preserving and developing heritage resources
The history of State History
State History began as the Utah State Historical Society, a private organization founded in 1897. Twenty years later, the Historical Society became a state agency. It became the Utah Division of State History in 1967 and over time became home to the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and acquired additional mandates. Read a more complete history.
Our mission is to preserve and share the past for the present and future.
- Stewardship of Utah's heritage resources
- Quality public programs and services
- Teamwork and partnerships
- Professionalism in all aspects of our work
- Integrity and fairness
- Leadership within Utah's heritage communities