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This collection contains large-scale, detailed maps from 1867 into the early 20th century depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of many Utah cities. They were designed in 1866 by surveyor D.A. Sanborn to assist fire insurance agents in determining the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The map surveyors meticulously documented the structural evidence of urbanization - building by building, block by block, and community by community.
The Rare Books Division of Special Collections holds more than 55,000 books, maps and ephemera representing the written record of world history from ancient clay tablet to 21st century artists' books. By actively collecting, preserving and digitizing material of historical and aesthetic importance the Rare Books Division provides reference, research and educational access to local, regional and international communities, strengthening the ability of faculty to teach, students to learn, and communities to find common denominators.
This collection contains over 171,000 images from the 1930s to the 1960s. The collection is unique in origin as it includes images taken by dozens of different photographers sent out by the newspaper to get the perfect shot, something newsworthy. This results in many live action images taken of the everyday activities of life with no posing such as one sees with studio photography.
This collection consists of nearly 680 matchbooks collected by "Stan" Sanders, father of the local Salt Lake City legend, Ken Sanders. While it is difficult to date these matchbooks, it is estimated they were made during the the 1930s to the 1970s and reflect many bygone establishments including mostly restaurants, bars, hotels, in Salt Lake City and other areas of Utah.
Woman's Exponent was a Salt Lake City-based newspaper that was published semimonthly or monthly from 1872 to 1914 and covered topics germane to Mormon women, ranging from domestic affairs and church-related events to national topics such as slavery and the suffrage movement. In conjunction with Better Days 2020, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Utah women's history, teams at the University of Utah (Digital Matters and the J. Willard Marriott Library) and BYU (BYU Office of Digital Humanities and the Harold B. Lee Library) have collaborated to highlight data from the entire 42-year run of Woman's Exponent.
We hope this project will reveal the fascinating, complex, and sometimes contradictory history of suffrage in Utah, as it deals with matters of statehood, religion, early feminism, and national politics.