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.

Scan of a beaver skull specimen from the Natural History Museum collections

Natural History Museum Specimen Scans

This collaborative project brings together materials from the Museum of Natural History and the 3D imaging expertise of DeLaMare Library. The collection includes a variety of specimens that have been selected from the Museum's collections and scanned by a joint team from both institutions.

Image of Gernika after the bombing.

Documenting the Bombing of Gernika

This website compiles a variety of resources related to the bombing of Gernika in 1937. Its main component is a history of the bombing and its antecedents by Dr. Xabier Irujo. Additional resources include a digital exhibit and downloadable materials.

The website is a collaborative effort of the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies, the Digital Services of the University Libraries, and the Jon Bilbao Basque Library of the University of Nevada, Reno.

James Edward Church leaving a cabin on one of his snow surveys.

Digitizing the Church Collection Snow Surveys

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. The digitization project draws from expertise throughout the Libraries and involves a close collaboration with the Church family.

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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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