Utah Geography

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Utah has a geography that people come from all over the world to visit.  Utah’s geography also provides the foundation for a diverse people and the resources for a vibrant economy. Utah is generally divided into three distinct regions:   the Great Basin Region, the Rocky Mountain Region, and the Colorado Plateau. Among those regions are a large number of National Parks and Monuments. Because Utah is in an arid region of the United States, water will always play a crucial role in its development.  The geography of Utah can be studied through the five themes of geography which are: Location, Place, Region, Movement and Human-Environmental Interaction.

The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 to recognize its “classic western landscape that contains long natural vistas, isolated high desert valleys, mountain ranges, ranches, mines, historic railroads, archaeological sites and tribal communities.” The recognized Area is made up of two neighboring counties, White Pine in Nevada and Millard in Utah, as representative of the larger geographic Great Basin. The Great Basin National Heritage Partnership was designated at the local coordinating entity for the Area.

Great Basin Spadefoot

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Great Basin (Western) Rattlesnake

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Map of the Territory West of the Rocky Mountains

The second map included in Washington Irving’s book: The Rocky Mountains; or Scenes, Incidents, and Adventures in the Far West. Later this was called The Adventures of Captain Bonneville. This book together with this map produced by Capt. Bonneville was a result of his expedition, was published in 1837

Manti National Forest; Great Basin Forest Experiment Station

Shortest Route to California

An account of the shortest route to California illustrated by a history of explorations of the Great Basin of Utah with its topographical and geological character and some account of the Indian tribes PDF can be found here.

National Park Service sound spectrograms

Map detailing the Great Basin area of Utah and Nevada

View of Mt. Washington

View of parachute formations in Lehman Cave.

View of the natural entrance to Lehman Cave

Colorado River Bridge (Moab, Utah). The highway to the left is US 160. The photo was taken in July when the water was high and the river at a flood state. Regular boat trips are scheduled from this point to Lees Ferry, a distance of nearly 270 miles.

WWI Records Online

Gina Strack, Utah State Archives Abstract In recognition of the centenary (100 years) of World War I, the Utah State Archives and Records Service embarked on a major project that involved public programming, a series of blog posts, and a number of new digital collections from 2017 to 2018. Bio Gina Strack has been at … Continue reading WWI Records Online

Saltair: Utah State History’s First Omeka Exhibit

Melissa Coy, DHA Abstract From its opening day in 1893 until 1930, Saltair operated during a time of major social and cultural changes in the state of Utah. This presentation outlines the goals and challenges of producing State History's first curated digital exhibit. By creating new digital objects and re-using previously digitized materials, curated exhibits … Continue reading Saltair: Utah State History’s First Omeka Exhibit

Enhancing Digital Collections through Interactive Web Platforms

Carmin Irene Smoot, Eccles Health Sciences Library Abstract <-- Abstract Unavailable --> Bio As a Digital Publishing Coordinator at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, I archive, digitize, and assist in cataloging materials belonging to the Eccles Health Sciences Library. These include both born-digital and analog materials documenting major figures and events relative to the history … Continue reading Enhancing Digital Collections through Interactive Web Platforms

Due Diligence + Metadata

Lindsay Memory, BYU Digital Initiatives Abstract Lindsay Memory's presentation summarizes three projects she is currently investigating: an orphan work copyright checklist, a third party privacy checklist for legacy collections, and an acquisition copyright checklist. She also presents her pursuit of an automated metadata gathering tool that will package Archivsspace data into CONTENTdm data. Bio Lindsey … Continue reading Due Diligence + Metadata

MWDL 2019 Summer Post-Conference Reflections

The MWDL Summer 2019 Conference took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the J. Willard Marriott Library on June 6-7, 2019, consisting of the Hubs meeting on June 6th, followed by the Community Day event on June 7th.  MWDL was happy to host a broad representation from within the hub network and as well … Continue reading MWDL 2019 Summer Post-Conference Reflections

Snapshot Sessions: MWDL Website

Jon Wiggins, MWDL Abstract Overview of the development and redesign of MWDL's new external website, launched in Spring 2018. Bio Jon Wiggins is an undergraduate student at University of Utah studying Computer Science and served as the MWDL Web Software Developer from 2017-18.

Snapshot Sessions: Oregon Digital

Margaret Mellinger, OSU & Julia Simic, UO Libraries Abstract A unique collaboration between the University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries & Press, Oregon Digital is a Samvera Project. Julia and Margaret give an overview of the project to move away from CONTENTdm to Samvera and also discuss future directions. Bio Margaret Mellinger … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Oregon Digital

DPLA Live Stream Recording

John Bracken, DPLA; Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract: Live stream with DPLA Executive Director John Bracken and Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta , moderated by MWDL Director Kinza Masood. Bio John Bracken became the Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in 2017. A Chicago native, Bracken received his undergraduate degree from … Continue reading DPLA Live Stream Recording

Snapshot Sessions: Utah Digital Newspapers

Harish Maringanti & Jeremy Myntti, University of Utah Marriott Library Abstract Utah Digital Newspapers (UDN) hosts over 2.5 million newspaper pages from 160 different titles dating from 1850-2016. This presentation will discuss the history of UDN and where the program is headed in the future. Bio Jeremy Myntti is Head of Digital Library Services at … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Utah Digital Newspapers

Snapshot Sessions: Metadata Approaches at UNLV

Darnelle Melvin, UNLV Abstract This presentation shares our vision for metadata management as we build our future digital asset management system that supports semantic queries and visualizations, and other digital services and applications.  I will also discuss some approaches we have implemented in anticipation of migrating our digital collections out of CONTENTdm and into a … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Metadata Approaches at UNLV

Zion National Park

Opening and Closing Remarks on MWDL 2019 Summer Conference Community Day Offered by Dr. Gregory C. Thompson

GREGORY C. THOMPSON Gregory C. Thompson, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library for Special Collections and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University (1965), Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College (1967), and his Master of … Continue reading Opening and Closing Remarks on MWDL 2019 Summer Conference Community Day Offered by Dr. Gregory C. Thompson

Collecting Yellowstone Conference at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

In a couple of days, various institutions will converge on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to share their Yellowstone related collections in preparation for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Park. That’s a fancy way of saying the park is turning 150 years old soon. So, in partnership within partnership with Brigham Young University … Continue reading Collecting Yellowstone Conference at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Looking Back to International Women’s Day

What do yellow mimosas, violets, and lily-of-the-valley have in common (aside from their perfumery nature)? Each is a symbol of International Women’s Day! Dozens of countries celebrate this holiday on March 8 every year and though it isn’t recognized as any sort of official holiday in the US, it’s the perfect excuse to highlight some … Continue reading Looking Back to International Women’s Day

Petroglyphs – White Canyon Utah

Petroglyphs – Vernal Utah

Petroglyphs – Dry Fork, Utah

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and to help celebrate we’re going to throw a spotlight on some MWDL collections that highlight some important people, events, and experiences of Black communities in the Mountain West region. Celebrate with us by perusing the collections below! African American Experience Collection – UNLV This collection presenting the experience of … Continue reading Black History Month

Great Basin Spadefoot

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Great Basin (Western) Rattlesnake

https://mwdl-epublishing.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2019/01/Great_Basin_Rattlesnake_1.mp4

Map of the Territory West of the Rocky Mountains

The second map included in Washington Irving’s book: The Rocky Mountains; or Scenes, Incidents, and Adventures in the Far West. Later this was called The Adventures of Captain Bonneville. This book together with this map produced by Capt. Bonneville was a result of his expedition, was published in 1837