Legislative documents dating back to Utah's inception as a state are now available electronically through the state archive's Web site.
The House of Representatives working bills files, 1896-1989, were added to the archive's digital collections and include nearly 150,000 images from 63 legislative sessions. Senate records from the same period are being microfilmed and, when complete, will provide an expansive and publicly accessible electronic cache of state legislative records.
Complete records from both houses of Utah's Legislature have been archived digitally since 1990.
State archivists have fine-tuned the process of converting the old documents, some of which are hand-written, to digital images.
"Uniquely, this time, we experimented with completing multiple parts of the process one after another for the most efficiency and fastest turnaround," said Gina Strack, digital coordinator for the Utah State Archives.
The newly added records can be found at archives.utah.gov.