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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.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Archives is one of the most comprehensive collections in the entire country for research into the history and development of Utah's prospering winter sports industry. The archives document the history of ski competition on local, national, and international levels; the founding of major resorts; snow safety and avalanche control; ski equipment; ski instruction; freestyle skiing; the 10th Mountain Division; back-country skiing; and virtually every facet of winter sports in Utah and the surrounding region.View the Exhibit