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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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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“Hurrah for the New State of Nevada”

After trying his luck at mining and ranching, Alfred Doten moved to Virginia City in October 1864 to take a job as a local reporter for the Virginia Daily Union newspaper. He was 35 years old, single, and full of life. Every evening, from the day he left Plymouth Massachusetts in 1849 on a ship …

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Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

The 27th Annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame program will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the Milt Glick Ballroom in the Joe Crowley Student Union. Shaun T. Griffin and Ronald M. James are being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Alicia M. Barber is receiving the Silver Pen award. …

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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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Mother Nature’s Fury, or Mazuma, Nevada and the Cloudburst that Ended the Town

Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying“If you don’t like the weather in New England just wait a few minutes.” This quote could easily be changed from New England to Nevada and be just as accurate. Weather in Nevada is known to be extreme. We’ve written a couple of posts about the frigid temperatures winter …

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