Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 84033

Clerk of the County Court Articles of incorporation record books of LDS church wards

Dates: 1887

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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

These volumes record copies of Articles of Incorporation files with the Emery County Clerk of the County Court by LDS Church Wards. The record books were kept as the official copy which was available for public use. The actual articles of incorporation record the following: names of the corporation officers including the office of President which was filled by the Bishop of the ward, 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.

Arrangement

Chronological

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

Incorporation Record Books were first scheduled as permanent records in 1978. The record book was microfilmed by the Utah Genealogical Society in August 1966. This entire series was archivally processed by David Clark in May 1996.

Indexing Terms

  • Corporations—Utah—Emery County.
  • Incorporation—Utah—Emery County.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 Castle Dale Ecclesiastical Ward; Huntington Ecclesiastical Ward; Orangeville Ecclesiastical Ward; Price Ecclesiastical Ward; Ferron Ecclesiastical Ward; Wolen Ecclesiastical Ward; Muddy Ecclesiastical Ward