Secretary of State Conveyances to the state of Utah register
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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
Scope and Content
This register documents land conveyed from the Federal Government to the State of Utah as provided in Congressional Acts. An Act passed 16 July 1894, which authorized the people of Utah to form a constitution and state government, and be admitted into the Union, also granted to the State, 500,000 acres for building permanent reservoirs, 110,000 acres for the University of Utah, 200,000 acres for the establishment of an agricultural college, and 100,000 acres each for the establishment of an insane asylum, a deaf and dumb asylum, an institution for the blind, a hospital for disabled miners, a school of mines, a reform school and normal schools. (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XXVIII, chap. CLXXXVIII. Published by authority of Congress, Boston: Brown, Little and Company). The lands were to be sold and the money put into a permanent fund which would generate interest to support the proposed purposes. The lists in this register provide a legal description of selected land, indicate the date the land was selected (or lost) and document authorization from the Secretary of the Interior. Each list specifies the cause the land is to benefit. The lists bear authorization from the Commissioner of the General Land Office certifying that the selected lands have been examined and found to be agricultural, non-mineral lands and free of adverse claims.
The first three pages of this register contain a list of lands selected for a Federal land grant for the establishment of the University of Utah in compliance with a Congressional Act, "An act to establish the office of surveyor general and to grant land for school and university purposes," February 21, 1855. (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. X, chap. CXVII. Published by authority of Congress, Boston: Brown, Little and Company). These pages were recorded in the register in 1892. The bulk of the book, which registers selections based on the Statehood Act, was recorded between June 1897 and December 1907.
Roughly chronological based on when the land was selected or lost.
The lists and corresponding documents are roughly in date order based on when the land was selected or lost.
Selected lands purchase agreement files from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, Series 7045, contain agreements of individuals to purchase the land granted by Federal Government to the state of Utah.
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.
This series was processed by Rosemary Cundiff in January 2001.
- Land titles—Registration and transfer—Utah.
- Land grants—Utah.