Special Collections & University Archives

Access thousands of unique and historically significant items from the archives

About these digital collections

The Special Collections and University Archives repository includes unique materials documenting the campus, Reno/Sparks, northern Nevada, the eastern Sierra Nevada, and the Lake Tahoe Basin that is owned by the University Libraries. If you have questions about these materials contact Special Collections & University Archives.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Ronald Reagan and Paul Laxalt

First Friend of Ronald Reagan

In 2014, the Special Collections Department at the University of Nevada, Reno received a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Nevada State Library and Archives, to prepare materials related to Ronald Reagan for public use.

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.

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.

Lake Tahoe in Winter

Lake Tahoe

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

President Joseph Crowley

Joseph N. Crowley Correspondence

The Records of the President of the University of Nevada, Reno, Joseph N. Crowley consist of administrative files, bylaws, correspondence, planning documents, and material about academic units, the Board of Regents, campus committees, and university athletics, as well as reports.

Kline Family Photo Album

Kline Photo Albums

The two photo albumens 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.

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.

Portrait of Maya Miller

Maya Miller Papers

This collection represents information and materials accumulated and saved by Maya Miller throughout her years as a political activist, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Much of this material is related to Miller’s involvement with the Operation Life Board of Directors and her efforts to reform welfare laws.

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.

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.

Sparks family children playing outside on bikes

Sparks Family Papers

Though materials from John Sparks, the family’s patriarch, make up a large portion of this collection, there are also materials from other family members including documentation from the Knight Family, of which both of Sparks’ wives were members, and from the children of John and Nancy Elnora Sparks. The digital collection includes both visual and manuscript materials.

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.

TMPA Logo

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 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.