An Italian Connection

Special Collections is fortunate to have the Harry and Joan Drackert papers and photographs. The Drackerts were important in the divorce ranch industry in Northern Nevada, and between them had a range of interests and experiences that cast them as characters in several local stories. As we have learned through exploring the collection, they also garnered some …

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Lake Tahoe Tourist Brochure

We have an early collection of Lake Tahoe related promotional pamphlets and brochures which run from 1895 to 1935.  The brochures were published by the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Lake Tahoe Railroad, and Lake Tahoe area hotels and attractions. These items came in over the years from various sources and folks so they were assembled …

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Reading a Photograph: Notes on a Simple Portrait with Multiple Meanings

It has often been noted that photography is as much a literary art as it is visual. This is because of the photograph’s ability to stand in for any number of ideas, coming to represent things not a part of the original image itself. Take this carte de visite of a young boy, for example. …

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The Myth of Morrill Hall

One myth I’ve heard around campus is that Morrill Hall was moved from Elko, the location of the original university site. I’m not talking about the intellectual entity housed in Morrill Hall, but the physical building that is Morrill Hall. I’m here to set this straight. Morrill Hall was built where it stands; although the …

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