Series 385
Secretary of State Religious organizations incorporation record book

Dates: 1901-1918.

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

Scope and Content

This record book records copies of the articles of incorporation for churches and religious societies. In 1901, the Legislature enacted a law (Laws of Utah, series 83155: ch. 80, 1901) providing for the incorporation of churches and religious societies to acquire, hold and dispose of property. Under the terms of the law, "any whom shall be vested the legal title to the property of such church or religious society, may make and subscribe written articles of incorporation in duplicate, and acknowledge the same before some officer authorized to take acknowledgments, and file one of such articles in the office of the Secretary of State and retain possession of the other."

The pre-printed forms in this volume apply only to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and constitute almost the entire volume, although there are typed forms for Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Presbyterian churches toward the end of the book. The forms state that the church desires to incorporate for the purpose of handling their property and gives blanks for the county, name of the corporation, purpose, estimated value of property currently held, title of the person making the articles of incorporation, wording on the corporate seal, signature of the authorized person, and signatures and copy of the notary public's statement.


Chronological by filing date.

Related Records

Incorporation index registers from the Secretary of State, Series 378, contain alphabetized listings noting the page number of this record book.

Incorporation case files from the Department of Commerce. Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, Series 7184, contain the copies of the articles of incorporation filed with the Secretary of State for some of these same corporations.

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

Archivally processed Nov. 1993 by A.C. Cone. Microfilmed Dec. 1993.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Incorporation index registers, series 378, may be used as an index to this volume,.

Indexing Terms

  • Church finance—Utah.
  • Incorporation—Utah.
  • Trade regulation—Utah.

Container List

1 1901 - 1918

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.