Great Salt Lake Information System

Historical Record

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The GSL basin has long and complete histories of human habitation, land-use change, meteorology, and technological and water-use change in the western United States. Beginning with beaver trapping in the early 1800's and continuing with the extraordinary record keeping of settlers and early scientific investigations, this area has one of the best history of changes in the landscape of the western United States.

Library collections and archives within the basin contain a wealth of historical information, including manuscripts, reports, photographs, and other archives that have preserved the record of historical water and land use within the Great Salt Lake Basin. These records include information from surveys conducted as far back as the 1800s to satellite and aerial photographs taken within the last few years.

Collage of historical materials
Source: Utah State University Libraries Special Collections.

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