Series 2204
Centennial Commission (1947) Division publications

Dates: 1946-1947.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series is made up of publications produced by divisions of the Utah Centennial Commission to increase involvement in assorted centennial events and programs. Included are the Arts Division, Beautification Division, and the Historical Division. Publications were produced for numerous audiences including local committee members, participants in planning conferences, schools, libraries, state and federal agencies, church groups, scholars interested in historical writings, and the public.

Foremost among the publications are two titles produced by the Arts Division: the "Source Book" and the "Dance Manual." The "Source Book" is described as a practical manual pointing out the purposes of the celebration and the means for accomplishing these purposes. It was originally distributed to all participants in the planning conference but was also distributed to schools and made available to individuals for their personal libraries. A supplement known as the "Dance Manual" was also produced to give an old-time flavor to centennial entertainment presented at local events.

The Beautification Division produced a number of manuals, bulletins, newsletters, and booklets to advance centennial activities. The "Working Manual," an 82-page compilation covering all phases of beautification, was prepared and distributed to local committee members. It was later re-printed in sections to provide ready access to topics of specific interest. The "Beautification Bulletin" was produced in 1946 and the "Beautification News Notes" newsletter was published during the concentrated spring clean-up drives in 1947. "New Towns for Old" is a 20-page booklet which explains the procedures for setting up planning commissions.

Two titles by the Historical Division were intended to increase the public's historical awareness of the events being commemorated during the centennial. "This Is the Place" is a brief (5,500 word), illustrated history of the trek of Brigham Young and the pioneers from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley. "Utah Writings and History" is a bibliography of books, pamphlets, and historical writings.


Alphabetical by division name, thereunder alphabetical by publication title

Related Records

Reports from the Centennial Commission (1947), Series 2228, include published descriptions of the publications.

News clipping scrapbooks from the Centennial Commission (1947), Series 11963, include duplicate copies of the "Beautification Bulletin," "Beautification News Notes" and the "Working Manual" in the Beautification Division scrapbook.

Division reports from the Centennial Commission (1947), Series 19315, include published descriptions of the publications.

Custody History

Records of the Centennial Commission originally were deposited with the Utah Historical Society, which in 1949 was designated by Governor J. Bracken Lee as the official repository for the records of the commission. The newly independent Utah State Archives retained custody of the records following its removal from the Historical Society in 1969.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

According to the "General Report," ten issues of both the "Beautification Bulletin" and the "Beautification News Notes" newsletter were published. Only nine issues of the "Bulletin" and seven of the newsletter have been accounted for. The Action Program section on publicity from the "Working Manual" is not included.

Processing Note

Archival processing of the division publications was completed in November 1998 by W. Glen Fairclough, Jr. Microfilming for reference use was completed in May 2004.

Indexing Terms

  • Utah—Centennial celebrations, etc.

Container List

1 1 Dance Manual
1 2 Source Book
1 3 Beautification Bulletin; September 1946
1 4 Beautification News Notes; April 1, 1947
1 5 Beautification News Notes; April 8, 1947
1 6 Beautification News Notes; April 15, 1947
1 7 Beautification News Notes; April 22, 1947
1 8 Beautification News Notes; April 29, 1947
1 9 Beautification News Notes; May 6, 1947
1 10 Beautification News Notes; May 13, 194
1 11 New Towns for Old: First Steps to Planning
1 12 Working Manual
1 13 Working Manual; Action Program for Clean-up, Paint-up, and Fix Up
1 14 Working Manual; Action Program for Community Planning and Zoning
1 15 Working Manual; Action Program for Home and Municipal Landscaping and Park Development
1 16 Bibliography: Utah Writings and History
1 17 This Is the Place

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