Meet the Authors

Rosemary Cundiff

Rosemary Cundiff is the state records ombudsman. Rosemary has a master’s degree in American History from the University of Delaware. She has worked at the State Archives for 13 years, during which time she has worked both with providing reference to historical records and with helping to manage current records. Rosemary is interested in promoting efficient records management in order to facilitate open government, as well as to document our times and preserve records for the future. As records ombudsman, Rosemary is available to answer questions and provide assistance to anyone who wants to make a GRAMA request or access government records, and as well as to records officers who are responding to records requests.

Kendra Yates

Kendra Yates is the manager of the archives records analysts section. Additionally, she is a records analyst for elected state agencies. After a thirteen-year hiatus spent raising a family, Kendra completed a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Utah, and a Masters of Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She loves books, people, and history, and appreciates the opportunity to work with all three at the Utah State Archives.

Rae Gifford

Rae Gifford is a recent addition to the State Archives’ team as a records analyst. She graduated from Louisiana State University with double Master’s degrees in History and Library and Information Science, where she combined her love of books and history with her fascination of how societies preserve their cultural memories. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis in public history and a minor in English literature. Her current responsibilities include working with state entities to manage their records and to preserve their histories.

Rebekkah Shaw

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history at Utah State University, Rebekkah Shaw joined the Archives in May 2008 as a volunteer. She joined the Archives staff in 2010 to lead a project processing over 144,000 microfiche. When the project was completed she moved to the Micrographics section to digitize microforms. She became an Archives records analyst in February 2013, and is currently the project leader in updating the general retention schedules.

Lorianne Ouderkirk

Lorianne Ouderkirk has worked with the Utah State Archives since July 2012. As a records analyst she works primarily with local governmental entities, as well as the Tax Commission, Department of Health, Utah Highway Patrol, and Internal Affairs. Her current responsibilities include assisting governmental entities with records management needs and providing statewide training in records management. She holds a BA in English and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Renée Wilson

After graduating with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science—Digital Library Specialization from Rutgers University, Renée Wilson joined the Archives in March 2013 as a volunteer. She became an Archives records analyst in December 2013, and is currently the administrator for the Open Records Portal. Renée also has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance—Horn, with an English minor, from Brigham Young University.

Glen Fairclough

Glen Fairclough has worked at the Utah State Archives and Records Service since April 1989. He helps maintain the public notice website, conducts guided tours of archives’s facilities and lectures about archival research. Glen designed “Utah’s Road to Statehood,” an electronic exhibit which tells the story of Utah’s 50-year struggle to achieve statehood using the wealth of documents, photographs, and memorabilia held at Utah repositories. He received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Utah in 1976. Before becoming an archivist, Glen was employed as a reporter, editor, and photographer at various daily, weekly, and monthly publications. He writes and distributes news releases to local media as well as regional and national professional journals.

  1. Francoise Brito
    November 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I need assistance with a GRAMA request I submitted who can advise me as to what is a ‘reasonable’ amount of time to respond – the county is saying 6 weeks just to respond to tax records!! Please help

  2. Mindy Spring, Utah State Archives
    November 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

    For additional assistance regarding your GRAMA request, you may contact Rosemary Cundiff at (801) 531-3858 or email

  3. June 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    So cool to know there’s another state records management blog out there! Thanks for writing one! I’m a records analyst in Texas and edit our own blog (“The Texas Record”), and we are hoping to organize some kind of meetup of state RM analysts at SAA/NAGARA in Washington DC this year (if I can manage to find enough of us). If there’s a good person for me to contact about that, we’d love to meet you.

  4. September 14, 2016 at 6:52 am

    New site is awesome, Glen is great to work with, known him many moons, i am retired, great Archives of Utah, memories i cherish, seen many changes thru time, best of luck to all employee’s.

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