January 16, 2022

Utah: 171,000 Digitized Images From Salt Lake Tribune Photo Archives (1930s-1960s) Now Available Online

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

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.


Learn More About the Collection, Read the Complete Article

Direct to the The Salt Lake Tribune’s Photo Archives Digital Collection

See Also: Direct to Other Utah Division of State History Digital Collections

See Also: This collection is one of many accessible via the J. Willard Marriott Digital Library (U. of Utah)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.