Upcoming Travelling Exhibit

December 6, 2018

“A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. A partnership between Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah State Division of History, “A World Transformed” will travel the state of Utah from January 2019 through March of 2020. The exhibition draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the Western United States, including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs. A condensed version of the exhibit is available for booking through the Utah Division of Arts & Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program. An extended digital version will be available through USU University Libraries.

For more information on exhibit dates and locations, see the Spike 150 website.

Call for Session Proposals

October 10, 2018

The call for proposals is open for our joint CIMA/SSA Conference in Tucson in May. Please visit the following website and consider submitting a proposal. Hope to have great representation from our organization.


Calendar Updates

August 27, 2018

Announcement–Due to a number of external factors, CIMA’s 2018 formal program of the NEVADA FALL CAUCUS has been cancelled in Las Vegas. In lieu of a formal program, CIMA will be participating at the Nevada Library Association’s annual conference (Oct. 13-14), solely as an outreach activity. CIMA will have a promotional table at this conference, and we are sponsoring a panel session, discussing opportunities in the archival profession.

In addition, members of CIMA are invited for an informal “pay-your-own” lunch at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 13th, at “Jake & Eli” inside the Westin Hotel. (Conference attendance is not necessary for this lunch.) We hope this will be a good networking opportunity to meet local professionals from Nevada’s library and archival community. We will be discussing future archival programs, and looking for feedback concerning training within the state.

If you would like to join CIMA’s Nevada membership for this informal lunch, please RSVP by emailing Michael Frazier (michael.frazier@unlv.edu. We look forward to visiting with you at the NLA conference.


  • October 2-5, 2018, DAS Boot Camp at Salt Lake County Archives
  • October 13-14th, 2018, Nevada Library Association and CIMA lunch
  • October 19th, 2018, Utah Fall Caucus at Weber State University
  • May 15-18th, 2019, joint CIMA/SSA Conference in Tucson, Arizona

USHRAB Grant Deadline

August 10, 2018

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) is having another grant round. The application deadline is August 31. Grants are for increased access to and preservation of Utah’s historical records. Grant guidelines, application form, digitization letter of agreement, and other grant forms are available online at https://archives.utah.gov/USHRAB/grants.html.

If you are submitting an application for a digitization project, you must include the digitization letter of agreement with your application. Please contact Janell Tuttle at jtuttle@utah.gov with any questions you have about the grant program. Feel free to share this information with others that might be interested in this grant.

Upcoming SAA Workshops in the CIMA Region

July 20, 2018

Salt Lake County Archives will be hosting an SAA Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Bootcamp (3 classes) in October. These workshops provide an opportunity to build skills with electronic records management, processing, and access. If you are interested, please visit the SAA workshop at https://saa.archivists.org/events/das-bootcamp/896/.

Utah History Conference

July 19, 2018

Registration is now open for the Utah State Historical Society’s free statewide history conference. This year’s conference theme is “Transportation and Movement,” and will be held on September 27-29, 2018. Registration for the conference is free, and includes lunch (RSVP required).

The conference program includes workshops (Thursday), educational sessions, panels, and performances (Friday), and tours (Saturday). A number of Utah’s book dealers will also be present, as will Utah history publishers and history organizations.

The event will serve as an introduction for Utah’s and the nation’s 150th anniversary celebration of the construction of the transcontinental railroad (completed at Promontory Summit, Box Elder County, Utah Territory on May 10, 1869), which will be happening next year. More information about what Utah is doing to acknowledge and celebrate this anniversary at Spike150. The program will also include the premiere screening of the PBS documentary Journey to Promontory, the story of the Transcontinental Railroad, set for delivery on PBS stations during the late fall of 2018.

The keynote address on Friday will be presented by David Haward Bain (author of Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad). Bain is the author of dozens of books and articles. Empire Express is an epic narrative history covering not only the dramatic struggle to link the oceans with twin bands of iron but three decades in which America doubled in size, fought three wars, and discovered itself.

For more information about the conference, and to register, please visit the conference website at https://heritage.utah.gov/history/2018conference.

CIMA Election Results

April 30, 2018

The 2018 CIMA election closed on Friday, April 27th, and the results are in; thank you to all who ran for a position, and to everyone who voted.

We are pleased to announce the following:

CIMA Vice President/President-elect: Erika Castano, University of Arizona Libraries

CIMA Treasurer: Ryan Lee, Brigham Young University

CIMA Council Representatives:

Rae Gifford, Utah State Archives and Records Service

Kandace Harris, Weber State University

Sarah Jones, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Congratulations to everyone, and we look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City in May!