1960 Winter Olympic Games: About This Site
This project has been underway sporadically since the winter of 2010, the 50th anniversary of the event, when we discovered that Special Collections housed a broad range of research materials that document the interesting history of the games in Squaw Valley.
- The subject files of the Senator Alan Bible (D-NV 1954-1974) collection are rich sources for understanding the local, state, federal, and international politics of becoming a successful Olympics venue.
- The Clarence Jones “VIII Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley, California, collection, 1960” also contains a wealth of primary materials. Jones was the chair of the Nevada Civic Olympic Committee and maintained a scrapbook.
- Gus Bundy, a well-known local photographer, was given an assignment to photograph the construction of the Olympic site. Several of the hundreds of photos he took are part of the online exhibit.
Jacqueline Grant initiated this project as a volunteer. She compiled sources, helped organize the themes and wrote the introductory text that provided context for the highlighted materials. Soon after, Jackie received her doctorate in History and moved on to a job in the library administration and teaching assignments at UNR and WNC. Due to other priorities in Special Collections, the unfinished Olympics project was put on hold. Then, during the Spring Semester of 2013, Nancy O’Connell, a student in the History Department, expressed an interest in doing a museology internship in Special Collections. She was very knowledgeable about Squaw Valley history, and was excited to continue building the online exhibit. She very ably added to the text and extended the historical theme, based on her own research and her personal acquaintance with some of the players in the development of Squaw Valley.
The design and finishing touches were accomplished by Arlene Williams, the library’s graphic designer. Donnelyn Curtis the Head of Special Collections, served as the director of the project. Please contact her with any questions.
All images, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries. See more.