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WASH 004


  • 1870-1954 (Creation)


  • 12.59 Linear Feet (Whole)
    8 manuscript boxes, 5 oversized boxes, and 1 oversized folder

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  • Abstract

    This collection contains the records of Washington County government departments from 1870 to 1957.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    Washington County is located in the southwest corner of the state of Utah. The Anasazi Indians inhabited this area from 200 B.C to around 1300 A.D. The Paiute Indians arrived around 1100 to 1200 A.D. and are still present within the county. In 1849, Brigham Young sent Parley P. Pratt and fifty men to explore the Virgin River Basin and to evaluate colonization possibilities. Elder Pratt was impressed and encouraged future settlement. The county was formed on March 3, 1852 and was named for the first President of the United States, George Washington. The first county seat was the settlement of Harmony. The town of Washington became the second seat in 1859. On January 14, 1863, Saint George was designated as the county seat and has remained so ever since.

    Washington County Historical Society. Washington County, Utah. Washington County Historical Society, n.d. Web. 15 April 2013. Retrieved from

  • Scope and Contents

    The Washington County Records contain the records of local county government departments from 1870 to 1957. Each series represents a department. The County Clerk material, 1916-1920, is comprised of correspondence between local, state and federal government officials, and businesses. The County Treasurer’s material, 1879-1954, contains tax records, financial records, school reports, and bonds. The County Court Records, 1870-1940, hold records of the court such as fine receipts, court docket books, and individual trial records. The County Sheriff Records, 1932-1956, document arrests during the years when Antone Prince served as County Sheriff.

    Also of possible interest are the informal records kept by Thomas P. Cottam during his time as County Assessor & Collector that are part of the Thomas P. Cottam collection (MC 14). These may contain similar or supplementary information to the County Assessor Records and span the years 1895-1900.

  • Arrangement

    Collection is arranged by subject within series.

  • Location

    The majority of the Washington County records are stored in the same location. The personal records kept by County Assessor and Collector Thomas P. Cottam during his time in those positions contain similar information to the official County Assessor Records, but they have been determined to be informal records and as such they are kept with the Thomas P. Cottam collection (MC 14).

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description and date, AC 35 Washington County records 1870-1954, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law and the Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA). Access to and use of this collection will be determined on a case-by-case basis according to GRAMA and the classification of the records held in the collection. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.