Capitol Commission Bids
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Dates: i 1909-1917.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
To pursue the legislative mandate to "erect a suitable building" to serve as the Utah state capitol, the Capitol Commission issued a call for construction bids to contractors and artisans. This series contains the bids submitted to the commission by those seeking employment. The collection includes bids for furnishings, heating and ventilating systems, elevators, vaults, cuspidors, lighting, and numerous others. The series also documents inquiries from contractors to the Capitol Commission regarding the bidding process, contracts, operational budgets, and contract decisions.
The bids include information on Utah craftsmen, architects, and contractors, and significant information about construction techniques, planning, bidding processes, and labor and material costs from the period.
Alphabetical by subject, thereunder chronological.
Correspondence from the Capitol Commission, Series 1132, documents communication between the Capitol Commission to the successful bidders, capitol architect, general contractor, and local government.
Bonds and contracts from the Capitol Commission, Series 1133, contain the majority of related material since it documents the winner of the bidding process and often contains the contractual agreements issued by the commission.
Capitol design competition renderings from the Capitol Commission, Series 1134, hold all of the materials associated with the design competition for the capitol building and includes information spoken of in correspondence contained in the bids.
Records from the Capitol Commission, Series 11272, contain related correspondence to and from the Capitol Commission regarding their contractual agreements.
Newspaper clippings from the Capitol Commission, Series 11273, contain articles addressing the most important bidders and subsequent contracts awarded.
Minutes from the Capitol Commission, Series 11274, are those to secure contracts for work on the capitol building discussed in these minutes.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
The bids were processed to the item level with acidic documents removed and replaced with xerox copies on acid free paper. Duplicate copies were weeded, and the individual bids, while remaining in original alphabetical arrangement, were arranged in chronological order within the individual files to improve access.
- Utah. Capitol Commission—Purchasing.
- Utah. Capitol Commission—Decision making.
- Architects—Utah—Selection and appointment.
- Public buildings—Salt Lake City (Utah).
- Utah State Capitol (Salt Lake City, Utah)—Planning.
- Building materials—Utah—Costs.
|1||1||2||Clock system, Mar. 23, 1913-Oct. 31, 1914|
|1||1||3||Jan. 15, 1914-Jan. 29, 1915|
|1||1||14||Furniture (Dinwoody and Co.)|
|1||1||15||Furniture (Steel) 1914|
|1||1||17||Furniture (Wooden), Sept. 8, 1914-Sept. 14, 1914|
|1||1||20||Generators for elevators, Apr. 22, 1914-May 4, 1914|
|1||1||21||May 14, 1914-Aug. 29, 1914|
|1||1||23||Heating and ventilating|
|1||1||25||Light fixtures, Jun. 17, 1914-Sept. 3, 1914|
|1||1||26||Jan. 8, 1915|
|1||1||32||Rugs and carpets|
|1||1||35||State chemist department|
|1||1||36||Vault equipment, Jan. 25-Jan. 30, 1915|
|1||1||37||Feb. 1, 1915|
|1||1||38||Feb. 3-Oct.29, 1915|
|1||1||41||Vacuum Cleaners, Feb. 14, 1914-July 27, 1915|
|1||1||42||July 27, 1915-Aug. 27, 1915|