• The University opened a school of commerce, making it the fourth university in the nation to offer a four-year business degree.
  • With a final price tag of over $8,000, construction on the President's House was completed.


  • Because of a possible smallpox epidemic, University leaders and local health officials required students living in the dormitory to stay on campus.


  • Joseph Williams earned the first advanced degree from the University, a Master of Arts in Social Sciences.


  • The University celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding. Professor of Classics James E. Church edited a memorial volume for the event.


  • The name of the University officially changed from Nevada State University to the University of Nevada.
  • A devastating earthquake destroyed large parts of San Francisco, California, including the printers responsible for the year’s Artemisia yearbook.


  • The University received a bronze statue of Comstock pioneer John W. Mackay created by Gutzon Borglum commissioned by Mackay’s family.
  • The department of Physics began offering classes.


  • The Mackay family donated $1.5 million to support a new mining building and its equipment, landscaping for the Quad, and an athletic field and training house.
  • The dedication of the Mackay School of Mines building took place in June.
  • The Mackay Mineral Museum opened to showcase minerals, rocks, and fossils from Nevada and around the world.


  • The Mackay Athletic Field and Training Quarters opened.


  • The student newspaper, The Student Record, changed its name to The U. of N. Sagebrush.
  • Audrey W. Ohmert and Dorothy F. Riechers received the first R. Herz Gold Medals, given to the graduating senior(s) achieving the highest undergraduate grade-point average.


  • A ceremony commemorated the completion of the Orr irrigation ditch dam and Manzanita Lake.


  • The Mackay family established a $150,000 endowment for the Mackay School of Mines.
  • Students enrolled in the first summer session of the University.


  • Campus held the first Mackay Day celebration.
  • Students placed and whitewashed thousands of rocks to form a 140 by 150 foot "N" overlooking the campus on Peavine Peak.


  • The administration of President Stubbs ended with his death on May 27th.
  • Archer W. Hendrick assumed the presidency on September 14th. He was the University’s 4th president.
  • The Smith-Lever Act invigorated the Cooperative Extension program, leading to the creation of the Agricultural Extension Division.
  • The University Library (now Jones Center), designed by Frederick De Longchamps, completed construction.


  • The first graduates in Electrical Engineering earned their degrees.


  • The University purchased 213 acres to establish the University Farm.
  • The administration of President Hendrick ended on September 1st with his resignation.


  • On September 1st, the University celebrated the inauguration of Walter Ernest Clark as its 5th president.
  • The University ordered a quarantine to contain the spread of the flu pandemic. No one was allowed to go from or to the campus without permission.


  • Classes began in the newly formed School of Education.
  • The University established a federal radio station on campus.
  • The University of Nevada received accreditation from the National Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  • The University held its first homecoming activities.
  • The football team became the first from the mainland to play a game in Hawaii.
  • President Clark initiated the "Book of the Oath", to be signed by each successive class as a pledge to service and high ideals.


  • The University established an Engineering Experiment Station.
  • James "Rabbit" Bradshaw, a standout football player, became Nevada's first All-American.
  • University enrollment surpassed 500 students for the first time.


  • Faculty member Laura Ambler matriculated the first Journalism department students to the University.


  • The "Wolf Pack" officially became the University’s mascot.



  • Thanks to funds donated by William A. Clark, Jr., the University completed construction of Memorial Library.


  • Wá∙šiw Tribe member Lloyd Barrington became the first Native American to graduate from the University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.


  • The Mackay School of Mines established the Nevada Bureau of Mines.
The President's House is seen with lush trees surrounding it.
President's House, 1920
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P641-06.

This scene shows the Mackay Statue unveiling during the dedication ceremony for the Mackay School of Mines with a crowd of dressed-up spectators milling around the Quadrangle in the foreground.
Mackay School of Mines Building dedication, June 10, 1908
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P222-1.

Clarence Mackay is held on the shoulders of a group of men during the Mackay Athletic Field dedication ceremony.
Mackay Athletic Field dedication ceremony, 1909
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P207-3.
Manzanita Lake is viewed from the east shore. Manzanita Hall and the Tram are visible in the background.
Manzanita Lake, ca. 1910
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P1642-1.

The board of regents accept the Mackay endowment for the Mackay School of Mines.
Mackay School of Mines endowment, 1912
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P644-1.

Students pose together on Peavine Mountain to paint the 'N'.
Painting the 'N' on Peavine Mountain, 1922
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3210-02.
Archer W. Hendrick, President of the University of Nevada from 1914-1917, poses for a photographic portrait.
University President Archer W. Hendrick, 1917
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P485-1.

Students stand around an electrical machine and a generator.
Electrical Engineering Class, Electrical Engineering Building, 1920
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P641-51.
Portrait of Walter E. Clark.
University President Walter E. Clark, ca. 1930
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P153-01.