University History

Several print and online reference tools exist to assist researchers in locating materials in the University Archives. Resources range from general collection descriptions in the University's online catalog to detailed inventories, databases, indexes, and other specialized descriptive material. Special Collections and University Archives staff are always available to assist researchers.

Collection Guides

The majority of university records in the Archives are arranged by the creating department inindividual records or collections. Record collections have an assigned AC (Archives Collection) or other call number for identification and retrieval.Each collection guide (sometimes referred to as a "finding aid") includes an administrative history of the department or organization, or a biographical history for faculty papers. Search any term, and then limit to "collection" as a starting point.

Library Catalog

The library catalog of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries can be searched for both published material and the archival holdings of the University Archives. Records exist for most processed collections in the archives and include a general description of contents, span dates, size, and a brief description of the creator or creating office of the records. Example of a catalog record. Some catalog records will also link to a more detailed description of the contents of the collection, called a collection guide, if one is available. For more search options, try an Advanced Search of the Library catalog. To limit results to the Archives, select University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections and Archives in the location dropdown box.

Good Background Sources

Here are several histories on the University: