Park City Museum Library Resources

Book card in the Park City Library

Book cart at the historic Park City Library.

Visit the Hal Compton Research Library to access the Museum’s extensive research options.

The Hal Compton Research Library offers a vast collection of historical materials for your perusal. Thousands of photographs, oral histories, personal papers, books, maps, and artifacts await your inquiring mind. Visit us on the lower level of the Museum to begin your personal journey into the past.

Resources searchable via PastPerfect

  • Approximately 300 published works on Park City, mining, Utah, and Western history, including:
    • A History of Summit County, by David Hampshire, Martha S. Bradley, Allen Roberts
    • From the Ground Up: The History of Mining in Utah, by ed. Colleen Whitley
    • Utah History Encyclopedia, by ed. Allan Kent Powell
    • Treasure Mountain Home: Park City Revisited, by George A. Thompson and Fraser Buck
    • The Old West, by eds. Time-Life Books
  • Over 2,100 archived items
  • Nearly 30,000 photos of the people and places of Park City
  • Over 3,200 objects documenting Park City’s history

The Park Record Newspaper

  • Park Record Digital Collection 1880-1970.
  • Microfilm from 1880-January 5, 2005
  • Hard copies of current newspapers not on microfilm
  • 1902 Park City, Utah Souvenir Edition (showcasing people, businesses, events, and other features of Park City)

The Mining Review newspaper

Genealogical Research Tools

  • Birth Records, 1892 – 1897
  • Death Records, 1892 – 1975
  • Park City Census records available at Park Record Digital Collection and by subscription to Ancestry.com
  • Western States Marriage Search Form
  • Family Search Database
  • Death Inventories:
    • Park City Sexton Record of Death, 1892-1973
    • Glenwood Cemetery (location, DOB, DOD, father, mother, profession, COD, funeral, and history) 1885-1982
    • Park City Cemetery (location, DOB, DOD) 1881-1995
    • Utah Cemetery Burials Database
    • Obituaries for Park City and surrounding areas
  • 283 Oral Histories and counting
  • Park City High School Yearbooks from 1915, 1917-22, 1931, 1943, 1945-46, 1948-61, 1980-89, 1992-2002, 2004-05
  • House and commercial building histories
  • Unofficial Family Histories
  • Park City People Collection
  • Skiing histories/collections (resorts, oral histories)
  • (Be sure to check each resource for various spelling combinations)

Historic Preservation/Researching your house

  • Historic Property Indexes and Tax Photos from the late 1930s
  • Home and business building histories
  • National Historic Register Index
  • Park City Land Management Code
  • Park City, Utah: An Architectural History of Mining Town Housing, 1869 to 1907,” by Deborah Lyn Randall, Masters thesis, 1985
  • Park City Inventory of Historic Sites
  • Various Books/Magazines (Utah Preservation/ Preservation)

Maps

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from 1889, 1900, 1907, 1929, 1941 “(also online at the University of Utah’s collections of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps)
  • Geologic Maps of the Park City District 1950-1960
  • Topographical map 1998-1999
  • Deer Valley Conditions Survey 2002 (Lower Big Stick Run)
  • Gorlinski’s General Map of Park City Mines 1893 (Ontario, Daly, Crescent, Anchor, Alliance, Meears, Silver King, Woodside, Mayflower, Glencoe, etc.)
  • Various Ski Area Maps

Magazines/Journals

“Way We Were”

Historic Plaques

  • Historic site markers about mining sites at the ski resorts, Main Street, and Old Town

Other Materials

  • More than 40 documentaries and videos
  • Mining histories
  • Fraser Buck’s handwritten notes, 1847-1967
  • Various theses, dissertations
  • Community Church items
  • Thematic Binders (By street, person, subject, etc.)
  • Park Record Advertisements
  • Women’s Athenaeum records

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