The Foundry

An online space for sharing collaborative projects curated and created by the Libraries.

Curate, Collaborate, Share!

These projects are born from our mission to transform creative ideas and information into initiatives that forward teaching, research and learning at the University and beyond. The Foundry highlights Libraries' work with a range of partners using the resources, collections and expertise in our institution.

Foundry Projects

Come here to discover, explore, and share some of the digital projects produced by the Libraries and their partners.

Historic image of Nevada miners.

Nuggets Exhibit

The University Libraries is pleased to present its newest exhibit, Nuggets: Short Stories About Nevada Mining. The exhibit, occupying three full floors of the University of Nevada’s Knowledge Center, features a variety of short narratives chosen from the robust collection of mining materials held by Special Collections and University Archives.

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Checked Out Podcast

Checked Out! highlights the work of the Libraries organization and the efforts of the Libraries team to continue making meaningful contributions to Learning, Discovery and Engagement during this period of alternate operations.

Image of the miner's burro.

1000 Miles Project

The University Libraries, in partnership with the Washoe County Libraries is offering a virtual exploration of a Special Collections and University Archives collection entitled "A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains." The series, aimed at 4th through 7th graders but appropriate for all ages, explores a series of three diaries written by two prospectors as they traveled across Nevada in search of the next big bonanza.

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Fascinating Rhythm!

The works featured on this page entered the public domain this year. To celebrate, the Libraries invited University faculty and students to perform or read from famous 1924 works, including Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and Mamanita by Jelly Roll Morton.

Hand-drawn map from the collection.

Washoe County Recorder

Preserved as part of a "public-public" partnership between the Washoe Washoe County Recorder and the Libraries, this collection includes a variety of official records, including land transactions, homestead claims, land surveys, liens, cemetery plots, court judgments, and women’s property.

We want to work with you!

Do you have an idea for a collaboration?

Reach out to us, our team would love to explore ideas for new projects. Past projects have included:

  • Digital preservation work
  • Educational outreach using archival materials
  • Curated webpages that relate to Library collections
  • 3D scanning of community or Library collections

Once we receive your project idea, our team will respond to start a conversation about next steps.

Let us know about your idea

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