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Antipa family on a beach with clouds and mountains

Antipa family slides

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.

Embossed cover of the 1923 edition of the Artemisia yearbook.

Artemisia yearbooks

This collection includes a small number of Artemisia Yearbooks that the Libraries have recently digitized. The yearbook is published by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN).

Paul Mackay Statue

Campus images collection

This collection contains images of the University of Reno campus and student activities from throughout its history. It encompasses more than 3,000 images dating from 1815 to 2015.

Image of a snow sampling expedition in the Sierra Nevada.

James Edward Church papers

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.

City Directories of Reno and Sparks Banner

City Directories

This collection contains early city directories of Reno, Sparks, and the surrounding areas, starting in 1900.

Governor Brian Sandoval shaking hands with a man, while another man films the interaction.

Communications and Marketing Records

This collection contains photographs taken for high-profile university events by the University of Nevada, Reno Office of Marketing and Communications.

Copper Flat Negatives page 003, Railway Car with the Nevada Consolidated Copper Co branding

Consolidated Copper

This collection includes cyanotype photographs depicting mining operations, equipment, and progress from within the mining pits of the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company.

Cover of The Fleeischmann Records Annual Report

Cooperative Extension Service Records

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.

Cover of University course catalog from the 1957-1958 school year.

Course Catalogs

This collection contains 76 University of Nevada, Reno course catalogs dating from 1921 to 2013.

Woman Interviewing

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.

Image of truck alongside a wild horse on a dry lake bed

Gus Bundy collection

This collection contains the photographic work of Gus Bundy. Bundy was a Nevada artist and photographer who was best known for his photos of wild horses.

Harry Reid Collection

Senator Harry Reid collection

Consisting of photographs and campaign materials from Senator Harry Reid's time in congress, this collection highlights the impact Reid had on Nevada.

Embossed cover of An Illustrated History of the University of Nevada, showing to bell tower on the quad.

An Illustrated History of the University of Nevada

A detailed history of the University of Nevada during it's first 50 years. This book covers the creation of the university, it's history in Elko and in Reno, and the people who played an important role in the University's history.

Lake Tahoe in Winter

Lake Tahoe

Drawn from a variety of sources, this collection encompasses a variety of visual materials related to Lake Tahoe.

Kline Family Photo Album

Kline photo albums

The two photo albums in this collection contain rare turn-of-the-century images of the University of Nevada, Reno and surrounding areas.

Photo of the Lincoln Highway

Lincoln Highway

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.

Page from the scrapbook showing her name, an owl and part of a graduation program.

Mary Hill Campus Life Scrapbook

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.

Margaret M. Wheat

Margaret M. Wheat collection

This collection includes 50 selected Paiute and Shoshone oral histories recorded by Margaret M. Wheat between the 1940s and the 1960s.

Man from the Midtown Oral History Project

Midtown Oral History Project

The collection contains transcripts, audio files (.mp3 and .wav formats), digital photographs of interviewees, and copyright forms for the Midtown Oral History Project.

Correspondence sample that begins with Dear Nellie written in longhand

Mighels correspondence

Letters between Nellie Verrill and Henry (Harry) Mighels, who conducted a lengthy courtship by mail in the 1860's.

Crisp Black and White Photo with a purple flower

Olga Reifschneider botanical images

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.

First journal entry from the Walters journal, showing numerical entries handwritten in 1891.

Ollie M. Walters journal

The Ollie M. Walters Journal recounts everyday activities of Ollie, her husband Jim, daughters Flora and Amy, and sons Jack and Clarence; and events in nearby communities and other parts of the U.S.

Persons in the Foreground Cover

Persons in the Foreground: Nevada

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.

Quiet Dirt Role

Peter Goin collection

The Peter Goin collection consists of images from Goin's photographic projects with a geographic focus on Nevada and/or the American West.

Harmon Collection on Lake Tahoe

Harmon Collection on Lake Tahoe

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.

Old western home in the desert.

Sagebrush Vernacular

Sagebrush Vernacular is an exhibition of 120 photographs selected from 463 photographs of rural Nevada architecture taken by advanced photography students from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Image of Dean Heller being whispered to by another person.

Senator Dean Heller collection

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.

Postcard for the Nevada Club

Special Collections photographs

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.

Image of Nevada Indian Commission Project Cover

Stewart Indian School Oral History Project

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.

Two horses in the desert

A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains

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.


Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency Oral History Project

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.

Cover of the Best of the Best 2022 annual report.

University Libraries' Collection

This collection consists of records generated by the Libraries. It includes electronic newsletters and year-end summary reports.

Cover of the University of Nevada, A Centennial History

University of Nevada, A Centennial History

A history of the University of Nevada, Reno published during the university's centennial anniversary. The author provides information about the university's foundations, its leaders, faculty, and students, and its educational impact in the state of Nevada.

Selection from the scrapbook, showing numerous clippings from various cultural pamphlets. The page also includes an image of a young woman on a horse.

Vanderleith Family scrapbook

This scrapbook was compiled by siblings Edward and Emma Vanderleith and includes mementos documenting social events and politics in the Carson City, Nevada area during the turn of the 20th century.

Cover of a Walter Long Sketchbook

Walter S. Long sketchbooks and drawings

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.

Carrie Dann

Western Shoshone Defense Project

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.

Field Notebook

Wheeler Survey

The forty-two notebooks in this collection date from 1869 to 1878. All but four were produced during the "Wheeler Survey" in Nevada from 1871 to 1878.

Wild burros in a pen in a Nevada landscape with sagebrush and mountains

Wild Horse and Burro collection

The Wild Horse and Burro Collection contains scanned reports, correspondence, and other publications covering the work of the Nevada Wild Horse Commission.