The Utah State Archives will observe Utah Archives Month in October with a series of free research classes on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.
Classes will be held in the courtyard meeting room of the State Archives building at 346 S. Rio Grande St. (455 West). Free parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Rio Grande Depot
The October "Research at Noon" class schedule is:
• Wednesday: Two-hour religious archives panel discussion presented by the Rev. Dr. Frederick Quinn, Episcopal priest and author of "Building the Goodly Fellowship of Faith," a history of the Episcopal Church in Utah; Frederick G. Burton, presbytery of Utah Historian; Gary Topping, archives director, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake; and Stan Larson, J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections.
• Friday: "Discovering the Riches of the UDOT Photograph Collection," presented by Rosemary Cundiff, Utah State Archives.
• Oct. 10: "The Utah Digital Newspapers Project: An Update," presented by John Herbert, project director, J. Willard Marriott Library.
• Oct. 12: "Effectively Tapping into the Resources of Libraries and Historical Societies," by Barry J. Ewell, a genealogist. "Digital Photography for the Genealogist," a second one-hour class taught by Ewell, will follow at 1 p.m.
• Oct. 17: "The People's Court: An Overview of Utah Court Records," by James Kichas, Utah State Archives and Brandon Metcalf, Utah State Archives.
• Oct. 19: "One-Stop Shopping at the Utah History Research Center: How the Combined Resources of the State Archives and State Historical Collections can Facilitate Research, using Topaz as an example," by Tony Castro, Utah State Archives, and Greg Walz, Utah State History.
• Oct. 24: "Summary of the Western Digital Collection Library, including the Western Waters Digital Library, Utah Collections," by Sandra McIntyre, J. Willard Marriott Library and Susan Salem, J. Willard Marriott Library.
• Oct. 26: "Using Maps in Research," by Rod Swaner, Utah State Archives.
• Oct. 31: "Wake the Dead," family history research class, presented by Alan Barnett, Utah State Archives and Doug Misner, Utah State History.
Tours of the archives building and demonstrations of the archives building's automated storage and retrieval system are planned. The Utah History Research Center at the historic Rio Grande Depot is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., accommodating anyone who wishes to perform research before or after the brown bag lectures.