Governor (2009- : Herbert) Messages to the legislature
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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
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Scope and Content
The Utah State Constitution requires the Governor to "communicate by message the condition of the state to the Legislature at every annual general session and recommend such measures as may be deemed expedient" (Article VII, Section 5 (3)). These Messages to the Legislature are framed as a report from the Governor as both head of the Executive department and as chief officer for the entire state. This series contains published or compiled copies of messages covering from the territorial period (1850-1895, entitled Report of the Governor of the Territory of Utah to the Secretary of the Interior) and continuing after statehood in 1896, when the title becomes Message of the Governor or Governor's Message.
Often messages have been distributed as pamphlets, sometimes along with other significant speeches like Inaugural addresses. Beginning with Governor Rampton in 1965, a separate budget message called Budget in Brief was given in addition to the general one at the beginning of a legislative session, especially budget sessions held in even-numbered years. Governor Matheson appears to be the one to begin using the current title of State of the State (modeled probably upon the U.S. President's State of the Union) when he took office in 1977. From there until 1989, the holdings in this series become almost exclusively budget messages. The presentation of a budget recommendation by the Governor is required by UCA 63J-1-201 (2010) and has become less a budget message-as-speech and more of a distributed publication. State of the State speeches may be found in individual Governors' records and possibly published as standalone items.
For 1851-1876, this series includes a bound typescript volume presumably taken from sources such as the Legislative Assembly Journals, the Executive Papers, and House and Senate Journals. The pages have a ruled grid except for the 1854 message inserted after initial binding. It includes a table of contents and subject index.
Executive record books from the Secretary of State, Series 242, contain handwritten copies of the Governor's message.
Journals from the Legislature. House of Representatives, Series 456, contain published copies of the governor's message to the legislature.
Journals from the Legislative Assembly, Series 3145, contain messages in full as entered into the record of the territorial legislature prior to separate journals for the House and Senate.
Speeches from the Governor Matheson, Series 4455, contain State of the State addresses.
Speeches and official statements from the Governor Bangerter, Series 8581, contain State of the State addresses.
Speeches from the Governor Rampton, Series 17587, contain State of the State address from 1973.
Press office records from the Governor Leavitt, Series 26018, contain State of the State addresses.
Budget recommendations reports from the Governor's Office. Office of Planning and Budget, Series 84197, also contains Budget in Brief reports.
This series is available on microfilm.
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.
Gaps in Series
No messages from 1880-1883, 1919, 1979-1985, 1987 to the present (see Related Records for alternative sources).
This series was processed by Gina Strack in February 2011. Tyson Thorpe prepared an inventory of the paper holdings in preparation. Microfilming was completed at various times, with 1896-1967 done in 1968 and 1878-1896 in 1977. As part of that later filming, copies from the collection of the Utah State Historical Society were used; it is uncertain when the Archives acquired its paper copies from the Territorial period.
|1||1||1||1851 Sep 22|
|1||1||1||1852 Jan 5|
|1||1||1||1852 Dec 13|
|1||1||1||1853 Dec 12|
|1||1||1||1854 Dec 11|
|1||1||1||1855 Dec 11|
|1||1||1||1856 Dec 8|
|1||1||1||1857 Dec 15|
|1||1||1||1858 Dec 13|
|1||1||1||1859 Dec 12|
|1||1||1||1860 Nov 12|
|1||1||1||1860 Dec 10|
|1||1||1||1861 Dec 10|
|1||1||1||1862 Dec 10|
|1||1||1||1863 Dec 14|
|1||1||1||1864 Dec 7|
|1||1||1||1865 Dec 11|
|1||1||1||1866 Dec 10|
|1||1||1||1868 Jan 13|
|1||1||1||1869 Jan 11|
|1||1||1||1870 Jan 11|
|1||1||1||1872 Jan 9|
|1||1||1||1874 Jan 13|
|1||1||1||1876 Jan 11|
|none||2||1||1874 Jan 13; Governor's Message to the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah|
|2||none||none||1878 Jan 14|
|2||none||none||1879 Jan 12|
|2||none||none||1880 Jan 8|
|2||none||none||1885 Jan 12|
|none||2||2||1884 Jan 14; Message of His Excellency Gov. Eli H. Murray to the Twenty-Sixth Session of the Legislative Assembly of the Utah Territory|
|2||none||none||1886 Jan 15|
|2||none||none||1887 Jan 13|
|2||none||none||1888 Jan 10|
|2||none||none||1889 Jan 15|
|2||none||none||1890 Jan 12|
|2||none||none||1891 Jan 10|
|1913 Jan 14|
|2||none||none||1893 Jan 18|
|2||none||none||1894 Jan 9|
|2||none||none||1895 Jan 10|
|2||2||3||1892 Jan 12; Message of Governor Arthur L. Thomas|
|3||2||4||1896 Jan 8; Message of His Excellency Governor Heber M. Wells|
|3||2||5||1897 Jan 12; Message of Governor Heber M. Wells|
|3||2||6||1899 Jan 10-1929 Jan 7; Message of the Governor of Utah|
|3||2||7||1901 Jan 15; Message of the Governor of Utah|
|3||2||8||1903 Jan 13; Message of the Governor of Utah|
|3||2||9||1905 Jan 10-1933 Jan 3; Message of the Governor of Utah|
|3||2||10||1907 Jan 15; Message of the Governor of Utah|
|3||2||11||1909 Jan 12; Message of Governor William Spry|
|3||2||12||1911 Jan 10; Message of Governor William Spry|
|3||2||13||1913 Jan 14; Message of Governor William Spry|
|3||2||14||1915 Jan 18-1941 Jan 6; Message of Governor William Spry|
|3||2||15||1917 Jan 9; Message of Governor Simon Bamberger|
|3||2||16||1921 Jan 10; Message of Governor Charles R. Mabey|
|3||2||17||1923 Jan 8; Message of Governor Charles R. Mabey|
|3||2||18||1925 Jan 13; Message of Governor George H. Dern|
|3||2||19||1927 Jan 11; Message of Governor George H. Dern|
|3||2||20||1929 Jan 15-Jan 7; Message of Governor George H. Dern and Inaugural Address|
|3||2||21||1930 Jan 27; Message of Governor George H. Dern|
|3||2||22||1931 Jan 13; Message of Governor George H. Dern|
|3||2||23||1933 Jan 11-Jan 3; Messages of Governor Henry H. Blood, regular (1933) and special (1932) sessions and Inaugural Address|
|3||2||24||1935 Jan 15; Message of Governor Henry H. Blood|
|3||2||25||1936 Aug 24; Message of Governor Henry H. Blood|
|3||2||26||1937 Jan 12; Message of Governor Henry H. Blood and Inaugural Address|
|3||2||27||1939 Jan 11; Message of Governor Henry H. Blood|
|3||2||28||1941 Jan 13-Jan 6; Message of Governor Herbert B. Maw and Inaugural Address|
|3||2||29||1941 May 19-1967; Message of Governor Herbert B. Maw|
|3||2||30||1943 Jan; Message of Governor Herbert B. Maw|
|4||2||31||1945 Jan; Message of Governor Herbert B. Maw|
|4||2||32||1947 Jan 10; Message of Governor Herbert B. Maw|
|4||2||33||1949 Jan-1969; Message of J. Bracken Lee|
|4||2||34||1951 Jan 14; Message of J. Bracken Lee|
|4||2||35||1953 Jan-1970; Message of J. Bracken Lee|
|4||2||36||1955 Jan-1971; Message of J. Bracken Lee|
|4||2||37||1953 Dec 1; Message of J. Bracken Lee|
|4||2||38||1957 Jan 15-1972 Jul; Message of Governor George D. Clyde and Inaugural Address|
|4||2||39||1959 Jan-1973; Message of Governor George D. Clyde|
|4||2||40||1961 Jan 10; Message of Governor George D. Clyde and Inaugural Address|
|4||2||41||1963 Jan 15-1974; Message of Governor George D. Clyde|
|4||2||42||1965 Jan 12-1975; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|none||2||43||1965 Jan 13-1967; Budget in Brief|
|5||2||44||1966 Jan-1976; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|5||2||45||1966 May-1977; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|5||2||46||1967 Jan 10; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|4||2||47||1967-1969; Budget in Brief|
|5||2||48||1969 Jan 14; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|5||2||49||1969-1970; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|5||2||50||1970-1971; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|none||2||51||1971 Jan 12-1984; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|5||2||52||1971-1972; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|5||2||53||1972-1973; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|none||2||54||1973 Jan 8; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|5||2||55||1973-1974; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|5||2||56||1974-1975; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|5||2||57||1975 Jan 13-1989; Message of Governor Calvin L. Rampton|
|none||2||58||1975-1976; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|5||2||59||1976-1977; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|5||2||60||1977 Jan 10; Governor's Message on the State of the State|
|5||none||none||1977; Inaugural Address|
|none||2||61||1977-1978; Governor's Message and Budget in Brief|
|none||2||62||1978 Jan; Message of the Governor and Budget in Brief|
|none||2||63||1979-1980; Budget in Brief including Governor Scott M. Matheson's Budget Message|
|none||2||64||1980-1981; Budget in Brief including Governor Scott M. Matheson's Budget Message|
|none||2||65||1983-1984; Budget in Brief|
|none||2||66||1984-1985; Budget in Brief|
|none||2||67||1985-1986; Budget in Brief|
|none||2||68||1986; State of the State Address|
|none||2||69||1986-1987; Budget in Brief|
|none||2||70||1987-1988; Budget in Brief|
|none||2||71||1988-1989; Budget in Brief|