Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 216

Governor Lee Proclamations

Dates: 1949-1956.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains materials relating to Governor J. Bracken Lee's designation of particular days, weeks, months, or years to focus public attention on a variety of issues, ideals, events, individuals or causes. Many of the documents carry the label "Statement of the Governor", while a few documents are designated "Proclamations". Proclamations are more official in their wording and bear the state seal. Otherwise, the difference between a "statement" and a "proclamation" is unclear. The series also includes material relating to such designations, mostly correspondence from organizations requesting that the Governor to issue some type of proclamation. At some point in Lee's administration the governor's office adopted the policy of only designating special days, weeks, or months if a Utah group acted as a sponsor for the observance. This policy is reflected in the numerous requests from national organizations that the governor's office turned down for lack of a local sponsor. Special designations made by Governor Lee are varied and include such things as the official announcement of election days, "Newspaper-Boy Day", "Rabbit Week in Utah", "Civil Defense Weeks", and "Know Your Utah Year". These files also include a number of statements of welcome or congratulations to particular organizations on the occasion of a conference or a milestone in the history of the organization.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Research Note

Arrangement of materials in this series is documented by the microfilm copy made in 1979. The microfilm presumably represents the order in which the records were received from the Governor's office and this physical arrangement has been maintained as much as possible. Because filing practice was not always consistent, researchers will want to approach their search broadly, scanning the entire container list, as well as consulting the inventories for other record series from Governor Lee's office.

Related Records

Correspondence from the Governor Lee, Series 211, contains the bulk of incoming and outgoing correspondence from Governor Lee's office.

Newspaper clippings from the Governor Lee, Series 214, contains newspaper accounts of the 1956 gubernatorial campaign, along with articles on other issues facing state government at the time.

Press releases from the Governor Lee, Series 215, contains statements released to the press, as well as correspondence between Governor Lee's office and members of the news media.

Speeches from the Governor Lee, Series 217, contains the text of Governor Lee's speeches, correspondence in reaction to his speeches, and resource files for his speeches.

Miscellaneous committee reports from the Governor Lee, Series 13852, includes committee reports submitted to Governor Lee.

French Merci Train gifts. from the Governor Lee, Series 20732, contains gifts from the people of France to the people of Utah, officially accepted by Governor Lee.

Extradition case files from the Governor Lee, Series 23594, contains files on two extradition cases handled by Governor Lee.

Governors' executive orders and proclamations from the Lieutenant Governor, Series 85039, is the official version of these records.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was microfilmed in 1979 and the hard copy kept because of the intrinsic value of the papers. It was processed by Alan Barnett in January 2004 and scheduled in accordance with the Utah State Agency General Retention Schedule.

Indexing Terms

  • Executive power—Utah.
  • Utah—Politics and government.
  • Utah—Governors—Powers and duties.

Container List

REEL BOX FOLDER DESCRIPTION
1 1 1 Proclamations [1 of 2, both folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm]; 1949 Jan-1956 Mar
1 1 2 Proclamations [2 of 2]; 1949 Jan-1956 Mar
1 1 3 Proclamations [1 of 2, both folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm]; 1949 Apr-1956 May
1 1 4 Proclamations [2 of 2]; 1949 Apr-1956 May
1 1 5 Proclamations [1 of 3, all three folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm] (cont. on Reel 2); 1949 Jun-1956 Sep
2 1 5 Proclamations [1 of 3](cont. from Reel 1); 1949 Jun-1956 Sep
2 1 6 Proclamations [2 of 3]; 1949 Jun-1956 Sep
2 1 7 Proclamations [3 of 3]; 1949 Jun-1956 Sep
2 2 1 Proclamations [1 of 2, both folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm]; 1949 Oct-1956 Dec
2 2 2 Proclamations [2 of 2]; 1949 Oct-1956 Dec