sources now have been collected and inventoried. Special collections
divisions of university and college libraries have increased their holdings
of printed and manuscript materials. State and national archives remain
relatively untapped but are open. The Latter-day Saint Church archives
remain a major repository of importance because of the role of the church
in Utah history.
conflicts between Mormons and non-Mormons in history colored many of
the primary records now extant, and the prejudices, biases, and antipathies,
on both sides, found their way into many studies, particularly in earlier
days. There was a tendency to treat the conflicts as central, whereas
in more recent times the movement has been toward bringing all groups
into historic focus and attempting to understand each group's life and
contributions from their point of view. While dispassionate objectivity
has brought us closer to some truths, our works frequently fail to capture
the depths of the human experience and the emotions of the time.
W. Tullidge was Utah's first historian of stature. He wrote a History
of Salt Lake City (1886) and many articles on the political and economic
history of early Utah in his histories and Quarterly Magazine (1880-1885).