About the University Archives

The University Archives was established in 1964 as the repository of the University’s memories. Whether you are curious about the activities of a student organization, want to track the development of a university department, or need a photograph of the campus from the 19th century, the University Archives may be able to help.

From its earliest days in the 1880s, in Morrill Hall on "the hill" north of Reno, to the present as part of the statewide Nevada System of Higher Education, much of the administrative history and development of the University of Nevada, Reno is documented through the records that are held in the Archives. The variety of material from its schools, colleges, academic departments, administrative offices, faculty, staff and student organizations help trace the intellectual, cultural and social environments that have shaped the university throughout its history. In cooperation with offices and individuals across campus, records are selected, transferred to the archives, and made available for research in an ongoing process by the archives staff. These resources support university administration and governance, outreach activities, and many of its teaching and research programs, and are available to all members of the university community, as well as to researchers outside the university.

The Archives provides environmentally stable and secure storage and reference areas and monitors reference use of materials. Records transferred to the Archives are always available to the depositing office.