Series 215
Governor Lee Press releases

Dates: 1949-1956.

1.70 cubic feet and 2 microfilm reelsSkip to Containers

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 a variety of materials documenting communication between Governor Lee's office and the news media. It includes official statements on various topics prepared by the governor's office for release to newspapers and radio stations. In addition to these press releases, the series contains considerable correspondence between Governor Lee and representatives of news media. Some documents in the series are not clearly linked to the news media. Such documents include letters to critics of Lee's policies and materials that are public relations related, such as public speeches. While not in a format specific for news release, some of this correspondence may have been released to the press as a way of airing the Governor's views. The series also includes a number of documents that have no clear connection to the news media or public relations and may have simply been misfiled.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

Arrangement of materials in this series is documented by the microfilm copy made in 1979 and presumably represents the order in which the records were received from the Governor's office. The structure of the original filing system used in the Governor Lee's office is evident in the series. Filing of documents was not always consistent and some documents are clearly misfiled. For example, much of the correspondence in this series could just as easily have been filed in with Governor Lee's other correspondence (Series 211) and press related correspondence can also be found in that series. Other items, such as letters of introduction, are labeled for filing elsewhere, but were clearly filed in the wrong place. Additional press releases can be found elsewhere in Governor Lee's papers. Despite such inconsistencies, documents in the series have been kept as much as possible in the order in which they came from the Governor's office, as represented by the 1979 microfilming. 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 correspondence kept by Governor Lee's office.

Newspaper clippings from the Governor Lee, Series 214, contains newspaper accounts of the 1956 gubernatorial campaign, as well as articles relating to issues facing state government at that time.

Proclamations from the Governor Lee, Series 216, contains official proclamations issued by Governor Lee.

Speeches from the Governor Lee, Series 217, contains the text of Governor Lee's speeches, correspondence in reaction to his speeches, and source materials for 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 case files for two extradition cases handled by Governor Lee.

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

  • Public relations—Utah.
  • Governors—Utah.
  • Government executives—Utah.

Container List

1 1 1 Press Releases [1 of 2, all three folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm]; 1949-1951
1 1 2 Press Releases [2 of 3]; 1949-1951
1 1 3 Press Releases [3 of 3]; 1949-1951
1 1 4 Press;1949
1 1 5 Press;1950
1 1 6 Press;1951
1 1 7 Press Releases [1 of 3, all three folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm];1952
1 1 8 Press Releases [2 of 3];1952
1 1 9 Press Releases [3 of 3];1952
1 1 10 Press Releases [1 of 2, both folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm];1953
1 2 1 Press Releases [2 of 2] (cont. on Reel 2);1953
2 2 1 Press Releases [2 of 2] (cont. from Reel 1);1953
2 2 2 Press Releases [1 of 2, both folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm];1954
2 2 3 Press Releases [2 of 2];1954
2 2 4 Press Releases [1 of 2, both folders are divisions of a single folder on microfilm]; 1955-1956
2 2 5 Press Releases [2 of 2]; 1955-1956

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