Student Projects Portal

Special Collections and University Archives

About Our Projects

This site showcases the ways in which University of Nevada, Reno students use the department’s collections for research and learning. Special Collections and University Archives houses approximately 5 million individual primary source items in over 3,500 archival collections. Our Book Arts collection has more than 2,500 volumes and includes authors from around the world, and we also have rare books that are as much as six hundred years old. All of these resources are rich source materials for deep research and engaged learning. Through projects such as the ones on this portal, Special Collections and University Archives serves as a laboratory and exploration space.

Senator Harry Reid Graduate Fellowship

Harry Reid Fellow Blog

Black and white photograph of the tufa rock formation on Pyramid Lake

Steamboat Ditch: Lessons from the Past

Nevada’s complicated and complex history of water wars and how we can learn from the past

Black and While image of 8 men and one woman pose in from of the Great Basin National Park mountains.

Harry Reid’s Tireless Campaign for Great Basin

Commemorating Harry Reid's birthday with a look at his accomplishment of Great Basin National Park

Main Street, Searchlight, Nevada

Senator Harry Reid: the historian

The Story of Searchlight and Senator Reid’s Preservation of Nevada’s Past

Darla and Jonathan Garey-Sage Internship

A practical archives work experience for undergraduates at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Learn more about the internship
The foyer of the Special Collections and University Archives department with glass and wooden displays showing archival items

Pandemic Photography Project

Students in Professor Sarah Keyes’ Nevada History course (HIST 217) use historic campus photographs in the department’s collections to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed campus life.

Two students shit close together talking in front of Manzanita Hall and Manzanita Lake, 2000

The Space Between Us

Safety Precautions of a New Norm

Black and white photograph of a building with written text below that reads "Lincoln Hall"

Lincoln Hall

Two World Wars, Two Global Pandemics, 30 Presidential Elections, and much more.

Black and white  photograph of a man wearing sunglasses and laying on top of a white car, 1979

The Difference Between Past and Present: Pandemic Edition

The truth behind how society perceives the world brought to you by a recreated image

Student Projects Portal Contributors

Department of History, University of Nevada, Reno

Sarah Keyes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
sarahkeyes@unr.edu

Special Collections and University Archives

Kimberly Anderson, Ph.D.
Director, Special Collections
kda@unr.edu

Core Humanities, University of Nevada, Reno

Jennifer Cullison, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
jcullison@unr.edu