Series 2502
Dept. of Community and Economic Development. Division of Travel Development Publicity photographs

Dates: 1950-1969.

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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

The Division of Travel Development (previously the Utah Travel Council) photographed the Utah landscape in the 1950s and 1960s to assist in their goal of providing publicity for the state. The division wanted to have a library of still photographs available for their own use, and to assist any individual or agency in promoting recreation and tourism within the state. Photographs in this collection were taken throughout the state, and are primarily scenic views, including many designated tourist spots, recreation sites, and panoramic landscapes. The travel council also photographed recreational activities such as boating and skiing, as well as activities and events they sponsored. This collection includes black and white prints, negatives, and color slides.


Alphabetical by travel region, thereunder photographs alphabetical by location or event, and slides alphabetical.

The travel council divided Utah into travel regions for promotional purposes. These regions and the counties they include are:1. Bridgerland (Cache and Rich); 2. Canyonlands (San Juan and Grand); 3. Castle Country (Carbon and Emery); 4. Color Country (Kane, Washington, Beaver, Garfield, and Iron); 5. Dinosaurland (Daggett, Duchesne, and Unitah); 6. Golden Spike Empire (Box Elder, Weber, Davis and Morgan); 7. Mormon Country or Great Salt Lake Country (Tooele and Salt Lake); 8. Mountainland (Summit, Wasatch and Utah); 9. Panoramaland (Juab, Millard, Piute, Wayne, Sevier, and Sanpete). The collection is arranged alphabetically by travel region. Thereunder, photographic prints and negatives are arranged alphabetically by location or event, followed by slides, which are also arranged alphabetically. Miscellaneous and unidentified material appears at the end.

Related Records

Travel guides from the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Tourism Office, Series 2435, contain succeeding editions of a general travel guide for Utah. Photographs were used to illustrate these.

Publications from the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Tourism Office, Series 2508, include a variety of publications both advertising Utah and reporting on tourism in the state. Photographs were used to illustrate these.

Annual reports from the Dept. of Community and Economic Development. Division of Travel Development, Series 2993, provide information on the division's activities and goals.

Travel brochures from the Dept. of Community and Economic Development. Division of Travel Development, Series 3000, include a wide variety of brochures advertizing specific points of interest and travel regions. Photographs were used to illustrate these.

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

The photographs in this series were originally tossed in a box, but many were marked with the location they were taken and the travel region. They were sorted and organized by Sarah Talley. Archival processing was completed by Rosemary Cundiff in July 2001.

Indexing Terms

  • Recreation areas--Public relations--Utah.
  • Utah--Tourism.

Container List

1 1 Bridgerland
1 2 Bridgerland, Logan Temple and Tabernacle
1 3 Bridgerland, Mendon threshing bee
1 4 Bridgerland slides - Bridgerland and Bear Lake
2 1 Canyonlands
2 2 Canyonlands, Arches National Park
2 3 Canyonlands, Bluff
2 4 Canyonlands, Canyonlands National Park
2 5 Canyonlands, Colorado River boating
2 6 Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park
2 7 Canyonlands, Indian ruins and writing
2 8 Canyonlands, Lake Powell
2 9 Canyonlands, Moab docks
3 1 Canyonlands, Monument Valley
3 2 Canyonlands, The Needles
3 3 Canyonlands, San Juan River
3 4 Canyonlands, Standing Rocks
3 5 Canyonlands slides - Canyonlands, Blue Notch Canyon, Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, and Stillwater Canyon
4 1 Castle Country
4 2 Castle Country, Kodachrome Flat
4 3 Castle Country, Goblin Valley State Park
4 4 Castle Country, Huntington Canyon
4 5 Castle Country slides - Castle country, Goblin Valley, Hondoo, and San Rafael River
5 1 Color Country
5 2 Color Country, Bryce Canyon National Park
5 3 Color Country, Cedar Brakes National Monument
5 4 Color Country, Circle cliffs
5 5 Color Country, Dixie State Park
5 6 Color Country, Henry Mountains
5 7 Color Country, Panguich Lake
6 1 Color Country, Puffer Lake
6 2 Color Country, Silver Reef
6 3 Color Country, Zion National Park
6 4 Color Country, Zion National Park & Utah Civic Ballet
6 5 Color Country slides - Color Country, Aquarins, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Cedar City
6 6 Color Country slides - Cedar City golf, Circle Cliffs, Kodachrone Flat, Paria River, and Zion National Park
7 1 Dinosaurland
7 2 Dinosaurland, Ashley National Forest
7 3 Dinosaurland, Dinosaur National Monument
7 4 Dinosaurland, Flaming Gorge
7 5 Dinosaurland, Red Canyon
7 6 Dinosaurland, Utah Field House of Natural History
7 7 Dinosaurland, Utah Field House construction of dinosaur replicas
7 8 Dinosaurland slides - Dinosaurland, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge, Mountain Home, Sheep Creek Canyon, Split Mountain, Utah Field House
8 1 Golden Spike Empire
8 2 Golden Spike Empire, Golden Spike re-enactment
8 3 Golden Spike Empire, Lagoon
8 4 Golden Spike Empire, Snowbasin
9 1 Mormon Country
9 2 Mormon Country, Capital complex
9 3 Mormon Country, Council Hall
9 4 Mormon Country, "Days of '47" events
9 5 Mormon Country, Emigration Canyon
9 6 Mormon Country, Hogle Zoo
9 7 Mormon Country, "Hootspa" ski swap
9 8 Mormon Country, Mountain Dell Golf Course
9 9 Mormon Country, Pioneer Monument State Park
10 1 Mormon Country, Salt Lake City
10 2 Mormon Country, Temple Square
10 3 Mormon Country, University of Utah
10 4 Mormon Country slides - Mormon Country, Alta, city and county buildings, "Days of '47" parades
10 5 Mormon Country slides - Great Salt Lake, Memory Grove, Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Valley, "This is the Place" Monument, University of Utah
14 Mormon Country, Memory Grove (oversize photograph)
11 1 Mountainland
11 2 Mountainland, Alta
11 3 Mountainland, Big Cottonwood Canyon
11 4 Mountainland, Bridal Veil Falls
11 5 Mountainland, Brighton
11 6 Mountainland, Park City
11 7 Mountainland, Rockport Resort
11 8 Mountainland, Springville
11 9 Mountainland, Strawberry Reservoir
11 10 Mountainland, Timpanogos
11 11 Mountainland, Unitah Basin
11 12 Mountainland, Utah Lake
11 13 Mountainland slides - Mormon Land, Heber Valley, Park City, Timpanogos, Wasatch Mountains
12 1 Panorama Land
12 2 Panorama Land, Fish Lake
12 3 Panorama Land, San Rafael Swell
12 4 Panorama Land slides - Panorama Land, Fish Lake, scenes along Highway 20
13 1 Miscellaneous and unidentified
13 2 Miscellaneous, Agriculture
13 3 Miscellaneous, Boating and fishing
13 4 Miscellaneous, Mrs. America (Mrs. Alice Buehner)
13 5 Miscellaneous, Skiing
13 6 Miscellaneous, Travel Council Amos Carter Museum Exhibit
13 7 Miscellaneous, Travel shows
13 8 Miscellaneous, Tourist and publicity council
13 9 Miscellaneous slides - miscellaneous, events, unidentified

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