The public were invited to tour the awesome caverns of the Granite Mountain Record Vault (GMRV) starting 4 December 1963. After the open house, the vault would be closed to the public.
Storage vaults were constructed between about 120 and 350 feet into the mountain. Each of six vaults is about 200 feet long, extending 27 feet wide, and reaching over 15 feet high. The tunnels were lined with heavy corrugated steel and concrete was pumped in to fill the space between the steel and the granite tunnel walls.
NGS Conference Church Library Open House
The Church History Library is a state-of-the-art archival library for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It just opened in June 2009. See fascinating demonstrations of the latest conservation methods for photographs, sound recordings, and aging books. The archive uses high-density, climate controlled storage vaults for old manuscripts, photographs, maps, books, Church records, and other artifacts.
The tour is included in your conference registration for no extra cost. For a sneak peak of what you will see on the tour, click this link and then click the play button.
Early bird registration must be postmarked by 8 March 2010. There are just 36 days left.
Pre-registration must be postmarked by 12 April 2010. There are just 71 days left.
The conference begins 28 April 2010. There are just 87 days left.
Dexter Ellis, "Inspection Tours Set for Records Vaults in Canyon," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 30 November 1963, Church News section, p. 3, cols. 2-5; digital images (http://news.google
.com/newspapers : accessed 25 December 2009).
"Church Invites Public To Visit Cottonwood Genealogy Vaults," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2 December 1963, p. B 5, cols. 6-8; digital images (http://news.google.com/newspapers : accessed 25 December 2009). Also see “Deep Vaults to Protect Church Files,” Los Angeles Times, 2 December 1963, p. b15; and “Plan to Show Record Vault of Mormons,” Chicago Tribune, 2 December 1963, p. C16.
"Vault Toured By Church, Civic Leaders," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 3 December 1963, p. 12 B, col. 1; digital images (http://news.google.com/newspapers : accessed 25 December 2009).
The Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Records Protection in an Uncertain World, 16 p. brochure ([Salt Lake City, Utah: self-published, 1973).