A Call to Action

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and History Lovers, 

My, how the year has progressed! With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us are already considering our end-of-year charitable gifts and donations. I hope you add the Utah State Historical Society to your list this year to support the many wonderful programs the Division of State History produces.

As a funding arm for the Utah Division of State History, we are fortunate to have the Utah Historical Society to receive monetary donations and Utah-related historical collections as a state agency. 

Why donate to the Society? Your gift amplifies the good work our team does across the state and ensures sustainability for years to come. In addition to supporting long-standing programs such as the Utah State Historical Society and Utah History Day, our staff has some excellent projects on the horizon that converge and prepare us for celebrating the founding of the United States in 2026 through America250. These projects include: 

  • The New Peoples of Utah, a digital-born project revisiting  Helen Papanikolas’s 1976 publication The Peoples of Utah highlighting diverse, Utah narratives that recognize the demographic shift in our state. This is our signature project for Utah250 and will allow for us to build new audiences while strengthening current ones. 
  • Serving a broader audience by making the Utah Historical Quarterly even more accessible through digests and online engagement
  • Making Civic Season engage audiences across the K-12 spectrum and beyond in 2022 

With your gift, we can continue to promote interest in Utah’s history and share deep, nuanced stories that help us better understand ourselves and the world we live in. Please join me in supporting the Utah Historical Society today. Thank you for your consideration! 

Happy Holidays, 
Jennifer Ortiz 

You can now donate online in yours or someone else’s name.

Great news! Your gift is tax deductible. Donors to the Utah State Historical Society may claim an income deduction. Donors are strongly encouraged to consult their own personal tax professionals about the deductibility of their donation.


If you would like to consider donating your historic materials to Utah State History we are interested in historical materials that are unpublished and one-of-a-kind, such as:

  • letters
  • diaries
  • professional and business papers
  • speeches/lectures
  • minutes/reports
  • memoirs/reminiscences
  • photo albums and photographs
  • genealogical information
  • maps
  • artifacts
  • architectural drawings
  • audio and video recordings
  • printed materials

Contrary to popular belief, major newspapers do not need to be saved. They are microfilmed or digitized and are available to a worldwide audience. Born digital items, such as files from a digital camera, are also considered for donation.

Monetary donations are also accepted. those making a financial donation may specify the uses of their donations.  If you would like to make a financial donation you can use the donate button below. To make any donation please contact Library and Collections Manager Doug Misner.