Artifact Internship Utah Division of State History

Artifact Internships at the Utah Division of State History (UDSH)

July 22, 2013

The Utah Division of State History located in Salt Lake City in the historic Rio Grande Station seeks to fill three temporary summer then part-time positions (July to possibly the end of October, 2013). 

Under the supervision of  Library & Collections Program staff, these employees will prepare collection storage rooms, produce preliminary registration/collection records and create case files for unprocessed and legacy artifact collections held by the UDSH.

The hourly rate is $12.00 per hour, no benefits.  Applicants must be able to lift 50 lbs., sometimes constantly;  and in combination with other employees lift and move oversize objects exceeding 50 lbs.  These employees will also be standing for extended periods of time.    

Preferential  consideration will be given to those who have completed, or are now engaged in a  graduate programs in museum studies, American material culture, curatorial studies, public history, American history or other allied programs where emphasis is placed on the study, description and care of historical objects.  Knowledge of Microsoft Suites and exposure to databases is also a plus.

These positions will remain open until three qualified applicants are selected; however, the UDSH wishes to fill these positions as soon as possible. Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Doug Misner, Coordinator of Library & Collections Program, at

Brad Westwood

Director | State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)
Utah Division of State History & Utah State Historical Society 
300 Rio Grande St. | Salt Lake City, Utah  84101  | Mobile: 801.367.6324 | Office: 801.245.7248
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The Silly Season

Greetings from the Intermountain West, where the silly season is underway.  The Utah State Legislature is in session, and the first week or two are always the best show in town, since legislators show up with the pet projects they’ve spent all off-season dreaming up.  Already we’ve had the ineffable Chris Buttars suggest that public schools cancel 12th grade to save money, since many European countries don’t have such an extended school career.  They’re also in a mood to “send messages to Washington.”  In the words of the founder of the Patrick Henry Caucus, a states’ rights group, “this will be a session where citizens and the state government will unite together to push back against this leviathan called the federal government” (Salt Lake Tribune, 26 January 2010).  Health care and the stimulus package are likely targets of “message” bills. 

But my favorite is the pet project of State Senator Allen Christensen, who wants to kill any wolf that wanders across the imaginary straight lines that define our fair state – even if it’s protected by the Endangered Species Act.  Although it was pointed out to the senator that our Constitution’s supremacy clause means that federal law trumps state, he still wants to be on the record with such a message.  (There was also that messy War Between the States some time back that seemed to have settled federal vs. state sovereignty.)

No wolves are currently known to be resident within the state, and Utah has not written a wolf management plan, but this is hardly an academic question.  Several years ago a wolf from a Yellowstone National Park pack was trapped alive in Morgan County, only a few miles from my home.  Utah wildlife officers quickly boxed up the wolf and returned it to its home range.  Many biologists think it’s only a matter of time before Wyoming, Idaho, or Montana wolves find their way south to the Wasatch and Uintah ranges. 

So Utah wants to send a message to Washington.  Doesn’t Western Union still send telegrams?  Or perhaps they can Twitter our national representatives while they pretend to pay attention to the State of the Union address.