The Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Theses

About the project

The Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Theses Collection offers geologic, hydrological, geothermal, mining, and metallurgical information distinct to Nevada and the surrounding environs. The dissertations and theses found in this collection are unique research tools created by Nevada masters students and doctoral candidates but many of the physical volumes exist as single copies and contain hand-drawn maps and tables that are becoming fragile with use and age. The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries Digital Initiatives team worked with the GeoSciences Librarian at the DeLaMare Library to collect and scan the theses. The digitized theses and accompanying maps can be freely downloaded by researchers and community users through ScholarWorks, the University's Institutional Repository. In addition to making the theses freely available online, the digital masters have been archived by the University Libraries to ensure that a copy of each physical item is preserved. The 724 theses and dissertations digitized for this project consist of print text, microfiche and microfilm and are dated from 1908-1993.


The Mackay Theses project was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which was administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Special thanks goes to Linda Newman, Geoscience & Map Librarian Emerita, and to the many Library Technical Services librarians, students, and staff who helped the project move to completion.

Production team

  • Amy J. Hunsaker, Digital Initiatives Librarian
  • Chrissy Klenke, GeoSciences Librarian
  • Natasha Majewski, Project Manager
  • Rohit Patil, ScholarWorks Administrator
  • Digital Initiatives Students: Daniel Blanchard, Daniel Hawley, Daniel Lang