Short stories about Nevada mining

Virtual exhibit tours

Although we’re not currently able to host in-person group events, we will be sharing portions of the exhibit virtually until we are able to gather in person. The event is free but registration is required.

American Flats

American Flats Talk & Tour

During this Talk and Tour we explored the fascinating history of American Flats. Participants learned about the mining claim called The American, first worked in 1859, that became the basis of The American Flat District. Historian and curator Edan Strekal took us through the history and shared how this iconic complex, nestled in the hills below Virginia City, became a cultural icon before its destruction in late 2014.

A recording of this event will be available at a later date.

The Dann Sisters

The Western Shoshone Defense Project Talk & Tour

In our first of two virtual Talk & Tours, Special Collections and University Archives Manuscripts & Archives Librarian Jacque Sundstrand presented a short talk about the Western Shoshone Defense Project and the Dann sisters.

View mining and geology content in our digital collections

A large group of miners posing in front of a mineshaft

Historic mining images in the Digital Archive

The Libraries have a rich history of collecting historical mining images. Discover and explore this content in our digital archival collections.

Copper mining machine with scoop and pulleys

Consolidated Copper collection

This collection includes cyanotype photographs depicting mining operations, equipment, and progress from within the mining pits of the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company.

A composite image of “Thin Section 54NC316, quartz monzonite,” in both regular light and cross-polarized light.

Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library

Mineral thin sections from the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library.

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.

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.

Image of a mule

A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains

The University Libraries, in partnership with the Washoe County Libraries are offering a virtual exploration of a Special Collections and University Archives collection entitled "A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains."

Wyandotte Mine Sketch

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Consolidated Copper Locomotive

Thank you to our sponsor

Nuggets: Short Stories About Nevada Mining, made possible through the generosity and support of IGT. 

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