A young Hank Aaron swings for the fences during an exhibition game at Derks Field, where Smith’s Ballpark now stands.
President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade meanders around Salt Lake City, less than two months before his assassination.
Marching bands galore stomp through downtown during the city’s now-discontinued Christmas parade.
These are a few of the literal snapshots from four decades’ worth of The Salt Lake Tribune’s photo archives that have just been digitized by the Utah Division of State History and released to the public — 171,000 images taken by Salt Lake Tribune photographers from the 1930s through the 1960s.
“We’re really proud of this,” said Heidi Tak, digital librarian for the Utah Division of State History. “It’s the largest we’ve ever digitized, and it brought our photo collection to over 250,000.”
The scanning process began in late 2015 and wrapped up just last week when it was released online, Tak said. Archivists at Backstage Library Works in Provo, the University of Utah’s Marriott Library and Southern Utah University divided up 360 boxes of negatives. Staffers scanned the negatives by hand, one at a time, reviewing the quality of each and assigning them metadata and catalog numbers.
See Also: This collection is one of many accessible via the J. Willard Marriott Digital Library (U. of Utah)