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The Special Collections and University Archives repository includes unique materials documenting the campus, Reno/Sparks, northern Nevada, the eastern Sierra Nevada, and the Lake Tahoe Basin that is owned by the University Libraries. If you have questions about these materials contact Special Collections & University Archives.
The Antipa Family Slide Collection includes images of the Antipa family in the Sierra Nevada following the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Many of the images are of the facilities and spaces used to hold the then-recent Winter Olympic Games.
This collection contains the papers, notebooks, and photographs of James Edward Church, who was a professor of Classics at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the man known as the "father of snow science" because of the snow sampler and snow surveying methods he developed.
Annual reports by the Cooperative Extension Service on agricultural and natural resources, home economics, youth, 4-H, and other community resource programs. Records contain statistical data, narrative reports of accomplishments, and personnel data.
In 2014, the Special Collections Department at the University of Nevada, Reno received a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Nevada State Library and Archives, to prepare materials related to Ronald Reagan for public use.
Fourth St-Prater Way Oral History
The collection contains transcripts, audio files (.mp3 and .wav formats), digital photographs of interviewees related to the Fourth Street-Prater Way Oral History Project.
The images in this collection document places and activities along the Lincoln and Victory highways as they cross Nevada, eastern California and western Utah, as well as Reno's Transcontinental Highways Exposition of 1927 celebrating the completion of the two roads.
The Mary Hill Campus Life Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, and ephemera from Hill's time as a student at the University of Nevada (UNR) from 1939 to 1942, with a small amount of material from 1943 to 1944.
This collection represents information and materials accumulated and saved by Maya Miller throughout her years as a political activist, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Much of this material is related to Miller’s involvement with the Operation Life Board of Directors and her efforts to reform welfare laws.
This collection contains 275 images of plants and trees taken in northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region by botanist and nature writer Olga Reifschneider from the 1940s-70s, it presents an expansive view of the botanical life of this region and is exclusively devoted to native plants.
This collection consists of a two-volume set containing biographies of 110 prominent Nevadans (109 men and one woman). Each biography is accompanied by a full-page portrait illustration in black and white.
Collection contains materials collected by Robert Harmon about Lake Tahoe including materials from his grandmother, Edith Jewell who owned Jewell Heights, a resort at Bijou, Lake Tahoe, California. Stationary and miniatures included were on display in the gift shop at the resort.
The collection contains press releases from Senator Heller's legislative career. Key topics among the press releases include veterans' affairs, tax reform, public lands, and infrastructure projects. The collection also includes over one hundred press releases related to the Yucca Mountain project.
Sparks family papers
Though materials from John Sparks, the family’s patriarch, make up a large portion of this collection, there are also materials from other family members including documentation from the Knight Family, of which both of Sparks’ wives were members, and from the children of John and Nancy Elnora Sparks. The digital collection includes both visual and manuscript materials.
This collection consists of images from the photographs collections of Special Collections. Strengths of the collection include materials related to the Reno and Sparks communities, the Sierra Nevada, and locations throughout Northern Nevada.
Conducted from December 2016-June 2017, the oral histories in this collection document the experiences of 15 individuals who either went to school or worked at the Stewart Indian School. The interviews were conducted by Terri McBride who was on contract with the Nevada Indian Commission for the duration of the grant.
These three volumes (of the original 4 volumes) depict the Scott's prospecting journey through southern Nevada, Death Valley, eastern California/western Nevada along the Walker River, and through Bridgeport over Sonora Pass.
The collection contains the original audio interviews, in MP3 and WAVE formats, recorded by Alicia Barber during the course of the project and the transcribed, chronicler-approved oral history volume, in PDF and Microsoft Word formats, produced from the audio. Interviews are with the following chroniclers: Elisa Cafferata, Greg Evangelatos, John Hester, Leann McElroy, and Geno Martini.
The Walter S. Long sketches are rendered in pencil, watercolor, pen and ink. There are about one hundred titled, dated and signed sketches depicting the artist's living quarters, also mining locations and the surrounding area in and around Eureka, Nevada and the southeastern section of the state.
Much of the material is derived from the Western Shoshone Defense Project's (WSDP) nineteen years as a non-profit, grassroots Western Shoshone organization advocating land and treaty rights. The material also represents Carrie Dann’s involvement in Indian politics with associated traditional Western Shoshone councils and organizations.