New Exhibit Available Highlighting Political Collections

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Once again, politics have permeated our airwaves and our attention. To honor the political season, Special Collections presents a new exhibit that offers a snapshot of Nevada’s political past and explores the men and women who campaigned for offices in Nevada. Entitled On the Road to Office: Campaigns, Elections and Governance, the exhibit runs through Nov. 18, 2016.

Through the files of the many political papers housed in Special Collections, the exhibit explores how people grappled with issues of the day, ran for and remained in office, and assisted others in gaining a role in the democratic process.

UNRS-P2015-12-00278One highlight of the exhibit is Paul Laxalt’s continued role in the campaigns to elect and re-elect Ronald Reagan as President of the United States. Friends since they were governors of their neighboring states and often referred to by media as “the First Friend,” Laxalt was called upon by Reagan to be his national campaign chairman in pursuing the nation’s highest office beginning in 1976.

While their first attempt failed, Reagan’s 1980 election and his 1984 re-election changed the course of national politics and political dialogue. During his work for Reagan, Laxalt also ran his own re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1980 against his challenger, Democrat Mary Gojack. Items from Gojack’s manuscript collection show her fight in that election.”

William Raggio DA Re-election Poster William J. Raggio, the state’s longest serving senator, is also featured in the exhibit as are materials from other numerous Nevada politicians and their campaigns. The exhibit also displays how individuals, organizations and legislators have collaborated on important issues of the day.

Public Radio station KUNR’s Noah Glick visited the exhibit.  Listen to his report of August 18th  via this link:

Located on the third floor of the Knowledge Center, On the Road to Office: Campaigns, Elections and Governance is open for viewing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For further information, please contact the Special Collections at (775) 682-5665 or email:

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