Scrapbook Collections

The Regional History Center has a rich collection of scrapbooks from local civic clubs, women’s groups, and from various local organizations. We’ve recently been awarded funding from the Utah State Historical Records and Advisory Board to complete guides to our scrapbook collections.

The RHC owns scrapbooks for several local civic clubs and women’s groups that operated the Vernal and Uinta Basin area from approximately 1950-1990.

Scrapbook shelf at regional history center

Scrapbook Storage Area

Clubs represented by the scrapbooks include the following:

  • Vernal Historical Society
  • Uintah Historical Society
  • Merry Miss Club
  • Beaux Arts Club ,
  • Vernal/ Uintah County Progressive Business Women
  • Cowbelle’s Club
  • Current Topics club
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Dinosaur Gardens Service Club
  • Federated Women’s Clubs
  • Good Samaritan Club

Many of these scrapbooks are starting to show their age. These scrapbooks are important as they record history that is of the everyday in nature and often times aren’t recorded anywhere else. For example, one scrapbook for the Merry Miss club documents the fundraising for the first community pool in Vernal in the 1950s.

The scrapbooks are stored in a climate-controlled secured room within the RHC inside the Uintah County Administrative Building.  There are approximately 24 Linear feet of scrapbooks. The image above shows the scrapbooks that would be processed and rehoused as part of this grant project.

What is the date range of the records (dates of creation)?

The collection ranges from 1950-1990

What kind of information do the records contain?

Newspaper clippings, agendas, membership rosters, notes and letters, memorandum, photographs and documentation of club’s projects make up most of the scrapbooks.  The following pages are representative of the scrapbook collection as a whole:

 

Exerpt from Buzzer Club Scapbook

Detail from “The Buzzer” club. It reads in part, “Our membership is steadily decreasing through other interests invading the priorities of active members. Although we have voted on many names in the last three months, still our rolls do not increase.”

Merry Miss Club cover

Merry Miss Club 1957-58

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