Series 23252
Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Land transcripts

Dates: 1907-1956.

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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

Washington County Deed Record Book V, called "Transcript of Lands," describes those lands in Washington County which were granted by the Federal Government for the support of education and other public institutions and for building permanent reservoirs, as provided by an Act of Congress passed 16 July 1894. This Act, which enabled the people of Utah to draft a constitution and form a state government, also granted to the State of Utah specified numbers of acres for public benefit (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XXVIII, chap. CLXXXVIII. Published by authority of Congress, Boston: Brown, Little and Company). In 1907 the Utah State Legislature mandated that the Secretary of State should transmit to each County Recorder, a transcript of all lands within his county selected by the State of Utah under the provisions of this Act (Laws of Utah, 1907, chapter 163).

The 1894 Act granted 500,000 acres for building permanent reservoirs for irrigation purposes; 110,000 acres to benefit the University of Utah; 200,000 acres for the establishment of an agricultural college; and 100,000 acres each for the support of normal schools and for the establishment of 1) an insane asylum, 2) a deaf and dumb asylum, 3) an institution for the blind, 4) a hospital for disabled miners, 5) a school of mines, and 6) a reform school. Money from the sale of these lands was to be permanently invested by the state, so that the interest would provide perpetual income. Utah's Secretary of State selected the acres to be sold and specified their purpose. The Washington County recorder's transcript provides a legal description of selected lands, indicates the date the land was selected and the list number on which it was recorded by the Secretary of State. While much of this book relates to land grants authorized at statehood, some transcripts relate to other land grants. The last transcript was dated 1942, but not recorded until 1956. The county recorder used the last pages of Deed Record Book V to record OATHS OF OFFICE AND BONDS, Series 23518.


Chronological by date.

Related Records

Conveyances to the state of Utah register from the Secretary of State, Series 394, is the Secretary of State's register of all lands conveyed from the Federal Government to the State of Utah in accordance with an Act of Congress passed 16 July 1894.

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain land transcripts recorded after 1956.

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, document the conveyance of land from the Federal Government to the State of Utah as well as the sale of that land to individuals or corporations.

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.

Processing Note

Washington County Recorder's Deed Record Book V was microfilmed by Utah State Archives in July 1973 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in January 2001.

Indexing Terms

  • School lands--Utah--Washington County.
  • Public lands--Utah--Washington County.
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Washington County (Utah).

Container List

1 1923-1930

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