Getting the Word Out About Our Political Collections

Through lobbyist and friend of Special Collections, Keith Lee, we heard last month that space might be available in the Legislative Building in Carson City to hang a display of some of our politically related materials. We had been wanting to find a way to tell people about the materials we collect and have for …

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Project Archivist, Edan Strekal, Hired in March

We welcome another staff member to Special Collections this month. Edan Strekal recently was hired as Project Archivist to fill a new, temporary full-time position for 3-years, subject to funding. As Project Archivist, Strekal will work under the supervision of Jacque Sundstrand, the Manuscripts & Archives Librarian, and be responsible for working on unprocessed manuscript …

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Canadian Filmmaker Hot on the Trail of Will James

Sometimes you simply don’t know who may be wanting to use our manuscript collections, and it is a surprise when it turns out to be an international user. In October I was contacted by Canadian filmmaker Claude Gagnon who is working on additional research concerning cowboy writer and illustrator Will James, author of the book …

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Exciting New Manuscript Collection from Western Shoshone Tribe

The Special Collections Department has received an extensive collection of records, the first from a Western Shoshone Tribal organization, and a grant from the National Historical Records & Publications Commission of more than $77,000 to organize, preserve and make the records available to the public. The department was one of only 15 organizations nationwide to …

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“East Lynne” Melodrama Production October 23

Our final contribution to the 150th anniversary for Nevada’s statehood is a readers’ theater production of “East Lynne: A Story of Modern Life.” The play was taken from an English magazine serial, published as a novel by Mrs. Henry Wood in 1861. After it was dismissed by the British literary establishment as immoral, sensationalist, and …

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Can I Listen to That? How Technological Changes Work Against Creating Access for Our Users

When we receive a donation from a person, family or organization, the materials within these manuscript collections can contain a wide array of items and formats. Sometimes they include audio recordings. We want to save these recordings as they reflect another aspect of a person’s personal or professional work which can be very useful for …

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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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What’s My Book Worth?

A lot of folks still like books.  You know, the kind with covers and pagination inside, some with great illustrations accompanying the text, and pages you can physically turn.  These folks have their own personal libraries for subjects they are interested in and have collected over the years.  Others have books which come to them …

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