Clerk of the County Court Articles of incorporation record books of LDS church wards
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
These volumes record copies of Articles of Incorporation filed with the Tooele County Clerk by LDS Church Wards. The record books were kept as the official copy available for public use. The actual articles of incorporation record the following: names of the corporation officers, names of ward members, and oaths of office. The Articles of Incorporation state that members of the ward "desired to become a body corporate, under and in accordance with the existing laws of Utah Territory, and had met for that purpose." The law of the Utah Territory stated "that any number of persons associated together for religious, social, scientific, benevolent or other purposes...when pecuniary profit is not their object...may incorporate themselves as provided in the Act (Laws of Utah, 1878, chap. 18, sec. 1).
Under current Utah law and the laws of the territorial legislature, individuals desiring to incorporate, were to file and record articles of incorporation with their respective county clerk. These agreements specified the nature and place of business, amount of stock to be issued, terms for officers, etc. The clerk in turn issued a certificate of incorporation and recorded the final articles of incorporation in these record books.
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.
Incorporation Record Books were first scheduled as permanent records in 1978. The record book will be filmed and retained. This entire series was archivally processed by David Clark in June 1996. The record book was microfilmed in March 2000 and the series updated by David Clark.
- New business enterprises—Utah—Tooele County.
- Corporations—Utah—Tooele County.
- Incorporation—Utah—Tooele County.
- Corporations, Religious.
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