Everton Publishing was a major genealogy producer of genealogy books and a magazine for many years. In recent years the company hit financial difficulties, brought in new partners, and struggled to survive. Eventually, the company closed its doors and donated its extensive library of 82,000 genealogy papers and books to the City of Logan. The collection includes family histories, maps, atlases, and other historical documents. The failing company also donated the publishing rights to the Everton Genealogical Helper magazine and to the Handybook for Genealogists. One problem: the city didn't know what to do with the donations. Now a new deal has been arranged.
In recent months, I have written several articles about the events. You can read those articles if you click here. Now a new development seems to insure that the books will again be available to the public.
Several months ago, a new company purchased the rights to Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine and has since resumed publishing. (See my articles here and here.) Now the company is acquiring the library and the rights to the Handybook for Genealogists. The company is paying $90,000 for those rights, according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. In return, the City of Logan will receive free access to two pages per issue in the Everton Genealogical Helper magazine and "reasonable space" on the company's Internet site "to provide any information the city deems appropriate" regarding the collection, the city and Logan's library.
Further details are available at the Tribune's web site.