The Utah Manuscripts Association (UMA) was founded in early 1980s by LDS Church Archive’s director Dr. Ron Watt, as an opportunity for representatives of Utah’s archival repositories to meet quarterly, to discuss and resolve competing collecting interests, to assist and create partnerships, and to report on recent acquisitions.

UMA has since 2003 has acted as the principal organizer for Utah’s Archives Month, celebrated annually in October.

In 2007 UMA assisted in organizing and providing support for a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to place all of Utah’s archival finding aids on one search page, via the Mountain West Digital Library—a project that is still in development.

The locations for the UMA quarterly meetings rotate between member institutions, up and down Utah’s Wasatch Front and beyond.  Membership is open to any Utah repository that acquires and makes archival and manuscript materials available to the public, including special collection libraries, archives, and museums.

More information about the organization’s structure and functions is available in the UMA bylaws.

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