Research Help in Special Collections and University Archives


Special Collections and University Archives staff are available to assist with your research questions. Please contact us for assistance.

Get Research Help

If you need general research assistance for library materials outside of Special Collections and University Archives, contact the Research and Instructional Services Department or the Jon Bilbao Basque Library.

Finding Archival Materials


Collection Guides

The majority of the archival collections have an online collection guide explaining what is in the collection and providing a collection number to assist with retrieval. Each collection guide (sometimes referred to as a “finding aid”) includes an administrative history of the department or organization, or a biographical history for the papers of individuals and families. Search any term, and then limit to “collection” as a starting point.

Library Search

The Library Search of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries can be searched for both published material and the archival holdings of the Special Collections and University Archives Department. Records exist for most processed collections in the archives and include a general description of contents, span dates, size, and a brief description of the creator or creating office of the records.