Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 597

Recorder of Marks and Brands Brand registers

Dates: i 1849-1921.

8.00 cubic feet and 7 microfilm reels and 1 microfiche setSkip to Containers

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

Scope and Content

Brand registers contain a record of marks (tattoos or cuts on the ear) and brands (burn scars on the hide) used by livestock owners to identify their stock. Owners were required to apply for the brand or mark with the county clerk. Each brand was then registered with the State Recorder of Marks and Brands, which later became the Livestock Board.

Marks and brands are recorded separately within each register. Entries record applicant and place of residence, illustration of brand or description of where symbol appeared on the animal, date of registration, and line number.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Related Records

Brand books from the Department of Agriculture and Food. Division of Animal Industry, Series 540, are the published version of what is recorded in this series

Brands letterbooks from the Recorder of Marks and Brands, Series 601, contain letters that may discuss individual registration applications recorded in this series

Brand/earmark application files from the Department of Agriculture and Food. Division of Animal Industry, Series 80579, replaced the function of this series

Custody History

A Recorder of Marks and Brands kept these registers until the Livestock Board was created in 1917. For all but the first seventeen years, territorial and state auditors acted as the recorders of marks and brands. The State Auditor was made ex-officio Recorder of Marks and Brands in 1897.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

Microfiche holdings require staff assistance due to fewer reference copies. Handle masters under supervision.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

Archival processing was completed in 1988 by Val Wilson. The first record book was filmed on 35 mm microfilm in 1970; the bulk of the series was microfilmed in 1988. Two missing volumes were located in 1994 and filmed. The long missing Index to Name Owners of Marks and Brands L-Z, 1900-1912, was filmed in January 2005.

Processing Note

Microfiche processed by Rebekkah Shaw under the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to the Utah State Archives and Records Services for the Utah Microfiche Backlog Project (Grant No.: NAR10-RB-50086-10). July 2010 - December 2011

Finding Aids

Indexes: There are indices to marks, indices to brands, and indices to name owners of marks and brands. The first two are by symbol, the last alphabetical. The indices lead to line number in the main registers. The name index also leads to line and page number in the other two indices, covering from 1849 thru 1921.

Indexing Terms

  • Livestock brands--Utah.
  • Cattle brands--Utah.
  • Livestock breeders--Utah.

Container List

REEL BOX DESCRIPTION
1 1 Record of Marks and Brands, Dec. 29, 1849-Dec. 9, 1874; Record of Marks and Brands, Dec. 11, 1874-Dec. 31, 1884
2 2 Record of Marks and Brands, Jan. 20, 1885-Mar. 5, 1901
2 3 Index to Record of Marks and Brands, 1885-190l
3 4 Record of Marks Feb. 23, 1900-June 12, 1912
3 5 Index to Record of Marks, 1900-1912
3 6 Record of Brands, Feb. 23, 1900-Jun. 26, 1912
3 7 Index to Record of Brands, 1900-1912, page 1-387
4 7 Index to Record of Brands, 1900-1912, page 388
4 8 Index to Name Owners of Marks and Brands A-K, 1900-1912; Record of Marks, Feb. 1, 1912-Apr. 20, 1921 [see reel 6, box 13]; Index to Record of Marks, 1912-1921 [see reel 6, box 14]
7 15 Index to Name Owners of Marks and Brands L-Z, 1900-1912
4 9 Record of Brands, Feb. l, 1912-Apr. 25, 1921
4 10 Index to Record of Brands, 1912-1921, p.1-225
5 10 Index to Record of Brands, 1912-1921, p.226-389
5 11 Name of Owner's of Marks and Brands A-K, 1912-1921
5 12 Name of Owner's of Marks and Brands L-Z, 1912-1921
6 13 Record of Marks, Feb. 1, 1912-Apr. 20, 1921
6 14 Index to Record of Marks, 1912-1921
FICHE-SET DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1852-1860 Utah County