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A Guide to the Records of
Harry and Joan Drackert
Collection No. 91-49

Harry Drackert

Harry Wilmot Drackert was born on December 23, 1904 in Pony, Montana. His parents were Charles Edmond Drackert, 1875-1938; and Alice (Allie) Richtmyer Drackert, 1887-1963.


Harry grew up in ranch country and by the age of sixteen was working the local rodeo circuit and attaining the finals of events he entered. He also ran track for his high school, Gallatin County High School, Montana, from which he graduated in 1924. After graduation he continued to enter rodeos, eventually becoming Champion Cowboy of America at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Drackert gained a reputation for being able to deal well with horses and people and eventually went to work for Grace Miller who ran the Elkhorn Ranch, a dude ranch at West Yellowstone, Montana. He also tried a stint as a cowboy in Hollywood and although he didn't become a star, he did work as a wrangler for western movie productions. Years later, in 1974, he was hired as an extra for the movie "California Split," a part of which was filmed in Nevada.

In 1931 Harry quit the rodeo circuit for good and moved to Reno, Nevada, where he was a riding instructor for Baker's Riding Stables on South Virginia Street; owned Town House Stables (1938) on West 1st Street; operated the Drackert's Stables at Brockway, Lake Tahoe (1940); and then managed the St. Francis Riding Club in San Francisco, California (1941). During the years 1941-1942 (and perhaps longer) he was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America and worked in San Francisco at one of the ship yards.

After World War II, Harry returned to Reno where he owned the Mt. Rose Guest Ranch. From 1945-1956 he ran the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch which catered to easterners establishing their Nevada residency for the purpose of a divorce. Drackert began breeding horses in 1948, raising thoroughbreds and quarter horses for both racing and dude ranching.

Harry married Joan Abry Deeley in 1950. She had been his ranch hostess and continued during their forty-year marriage to be his both his hostess and manager in later business ventures.


After the Drackerts left the Pyramid Lake Ranch, they worked briefly as managers of the new Riverhouse Hotel and Bundox Restaurant on Lake Street and the Truckee River in Reno. In 1959 the Drackerts took over the operation of the historic Donner Trail Guest Ranch in Verdi, where Joan managed the business and Harry operated the outdoor aspects of the Ranch, including stock raising and racing. In 1970 the Drackerts suddenly lost their lease and were forced to move at short notice. Neither of the Drackerts was ready to retire yet, so in 1971 they became partners with Warren Nelson and his wife and purchased the Silver Circle Guest Ranch, which they sold in 1976. Two years before that sale they used their personal interest in the Native American crafts of the southwest to establish Indian Territory, Inc. at 130 North Virginia Street, Reno, where they sold quality Indian jewelry, baskets, pottery, and Navajo rugs. They continued to operate that business until 1986, when they finally retired.

In addition to his business interests, Harry was a director of the Reno Rodeo Association from its inception and president of the Association until 1968. He was one of the first members of Reno's Prospectors' Club.

Harry Drackert died on December 26, 1990.

 

Joan Drackert

Joan Abry Deeley Drackert was born at Morelands, the Abry family farm in Talbot County, Maryland, in 1914. She had two younger sisters, Phillis Abry Kaplan, and Betty Abry Arensberg. When Joan was thirteen, the family moved to Dayton, Ohio, and then in 1929 to Kansas City, Missouri. There she became an excellent trap shooter and by 1935 was entering and winning women's competitions. During that time, she spent summers in Evergreen, Colorado, where she learned to ride horses and fell in love with the west. She visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the first time in the early 1930s, beginning her lifelong love of both that city and its arts.

Joan returned to Maryland for a few years and there in 1938 began flying lessons. She received her pilot's license in July of 1939.

By 1940 Joan had moved to New York City where she a fashion model for the famous Powers Agency. Interestingly enough, although she was "in the Powers books," Joan characterized this modeling stint in her brief 1989 memoirs as an "unsuccessful stab." During World War II she worked at the Quarter Masters' Depot in Bellemead, New Jersey. She was also married for three years to Major Robert Emmett Deeley.

Joan moved to Reno, Nevada in 1946 in order to obtain a divorce (Harry had also been divorced). While establishing her Nevada residency she lived at the Mr. Rose Lodge and because of financial necessity worked there as well. The Mt. Rose Lodge is where she met Harry, although by that time Harry was managing the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch. In 1947 and 1948 Joan was employed as a ranch hostess by John C. Fugitt, owner of the Donner Trail Ranch. Then she went to work as a hostess at Pyramid Lake. Joan and Harry were married in 1950.

During forty years of marriage Joan successfully managed three guest ranch businesses and a retail Indian crafts store. Joan's charm and skill as a hostess is reflected in the letters she received from appreciative guests and friends, who were grateful for her assistance in restoring their self-confidence and for turning an often painful experience into a restful vacation.

During her years on the ranches, Joan happily participated in the outdoor entertainment of guests, which included horseback riding and hunting (in season). In 1965 she was persuaded by Harry to try shooting traps again to help improve her duck shooting and loved it so much that she began to practice whenever her schedule allowed. She was very competitive and rose to the top of her sport to win numerous competitions, including state singles champion in 1966 and 1968, and ladies doubles in 1968. She was on the PITA All-Star Team in 1968 and 1969 and served as president of the Nevada State Amateur Trapshooting Association.

Mrs. Drackert's interest in art lead to her participation as a docent and board member of the Nevada Museum and Art. She was instrumental in that capacity in arranging a major Reno showing of the Durango collection of Navajo weaving in 1985. She was a member of several southwest arts organizations.

Joan Drackert died October 2, 1991.

 

Scope and Content

The Harry Drackert Papers consists of records and papers of the Drackert's three guest ranches, the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch, the Donner Trail Guest Ranch, and the Silver Circle Guest Ranch; their store, Indian Territory, Inc.; their personal interests in horses, rodeos, southwest Indians arts and crafts, and trapshooting; and papers of Harry Drackert's parents, Charles E. and Alice Richtmyer Drackert. The collection was donated to the Special Collection Department by Phillis Abry Kaplan and Betty Abry Arensberg and dates from 1869-1990. There are ten cubic feet of records and several thousand photographs. There are no restrictions on use of the collection.

The Drackert Papers is a significant record of the Nevada guest ranch industry, which from 1931 to the mid-1960s played a vital role in one of Nevada's most important economic mainstays. Nevada's state laws provided the nation with one of the few legitimate means of obtaining a "quick" divorce in the United States. The bulk of Nevada guest ranches drew their clientele from the east coast of the U.S., where state laws made divorce a lengthy, messy, and often times a very public event. Divorce laws in Nevada provided that individuals who could prove state residency of six weeks and whose spouse was agreeable could be divorced without extensive evidence of wrong-doing. Although staying at a guest ranch was not cheap, it provided a divorcing spouse with a comfortable vacation-like atmosphere and a "western" experience. Most of the clientele who took advantage of this opportunity were wealthy eastern women who departed Nevada on day 43 of their stay, sometimes with a new husband. But many newly divorced women (and men) stayed on in Nevada either because of their new love of the west or because of their lack of financial resources. Both were the case with Joan Drackert.

This collection provides a partial financial record of the industry and nearly complete guest list of those who stayed at the Drackert's ranches from about 1950 to 1976. It also provides a glimpse of the experiences of former guests after they returned to their "normal" lives. Letters to Joan Drackert reveal how the newly divorced managed when they returned home, as well as the lasting impression they gained of Nevada. They included the rich and famous and the formerly rich who were sometimes forced to cope with post-divorce reduced circumstances.

The collection also provides a glimpse of horse raising activities in northern Nevada through the records of Harry who organized the Reno Rodeo and raised horses for ranch and race use. Also documented is trapshooting in the eastern U.S. and Nevada through Joan's memoirs, clippings, and meet programs. Two scrapbooks are filled with clippings of her late-1930s and her 1960s participation in the sport and the Spanish Springs Trap and Skeet Club north of Sparks, Nevada.

A significant manuscript within this collection is the [History of] "Verdi and Dog Valley" written in 1960 by Victor Goodwin, an employee of the U. S. Forest Service. Goodwin apparently gave the Drackerts a copy of his work to either read critically, or as thanks for providing information on the history of the Donner Trail Guest Ranch. This work is a substantial volume documenting in detail the lumber industry in Verdi and Dog Valley and related events in those locations. Valuable, seldom-seen photographs accompany the text.

The collection has been arranged into series which reflect either the businesses or individuals who created the materials. The one exception to this arrangement is that the bulk of the correspondence in this collection has been assigned to Series 5, the "Joan Drackert Papers" series. This correspondence, mostly letters written to Joan by future or former guests and from friends and relatives, could have been divided according to the name of guest ranch at which the client stayed; i.e., correspondence between 1959-1970 might have been placed in the "Donner Trail Guest Ranch" series. However, Joan had clearly isolated this correspondence from other ranch records and that filing system has therefore been retained.

The main value of this collection is to document the guest ranch industry in Nevada, circa 1950-1976. Augmenting the records of the Drackert's ranches are other materials collected by the Drackerts. There are numerous clippings about the Drackerts, divorce in Nevada, guest ranches, and former lodgers filed in Series 5; these articles were either saved by the Drackerts or sent to them by former guests. Most notable of the materials about former guests are clippings on San Francisco socialite Dolly Fritz McMasters Cope, baseball star Jackie Jensen, and Greek premiere Andreas George Papandreou and his wife Margaret. Series 1 also includes copies of A. J. Liebling's New Yorker magazine articles from the 1950s, which describe at length the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch, Joan and Harry Drackert, and Senator Pat McCarran's maneuvers to have Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation land deeded to white ranchers.

The Drackerts lead a colorful life and met thousands of interesting people over the years. Many people urged them to write down their experiences or to tape record them so that these memories would not be lost. Unfortunately they did not do so, other than in a few brief reminiscences by Joan (Series 5/82-84). They were both the subject of articles which are included in newspaper clippings in Series 5, and in Series 5/92, and Series 6/2. The latter biography of Harry was written for his successful nomination to the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Series 7 "Charles and Alice Drackert Papers," contains some interesting information on Harry's father, who was a mining engineer in southern Nevada at one time. There is also some Drackert/Richtmyer genealogical information in that series and an amusing series of comic postcards from about 1900.

 

Processed by: Susan Searcy
Date: December 20, 1991
Guide updated: March 2011

 

The Harry Drackert Papers is arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch

Series 2: Donner Trail Guest Ranch

Series 3: Silver Circle Guest Ranch

Series 4: Indian Territory, Inc.

Series 5: Joan Drackert

Series 6: Harry Drackert

Series 7: Charles and Alice Drackert

Series 8: Photographs

 

91-49/1   Series 1: Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch.   1949-1957.   13 folders (.5 cu. ft.).

The Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch was one of the few parcels of land within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Indian Reservation which was not owned by the Tribe. Harry Drackert acquired the right to run a guest/dude ranch for the ranch's owner, based, as Harry put it, on a pledge and a handshake. He ran the ranch from 1945-1956, raising thoroughbred and quarter horses for both racing and ranch use, as well as hosting visitors who came to establish their pre-divorce six-week Nevada residency. Joan Abry Deeley became his ranch hostess in the late 1940s, and in 1950 became his wife and partner. As part of the ranch they ran a small bar (author A. J. Liebling wrote that it was the only one between Sparks and Gerlach) and the Indian Trading Post, a modest gift shop.

The records in this series consist primarily of financial/guest ledgers which document who guests were and how much they paid for lodging, riding, witness fee, and gifts from the Trading Post. Additionally, there is a prospectus for the Ranch, written by Harry in about 1957, copies of several articles written about the ranch by A. J. Liebling which appeared in the New Yorker magazine, and miscellaneous items.

Box 1
91-49/1/1   Financial/guest ledger, 1950-1955.

91-49/1/2   Financial/guest ledger, 1955-1956. Also includes part of a ledger for Donner Trail Guest Ranch, 1959-1961.

91-49/1/3   Statement of income and expenses, 1949; Room rates, circa 1950-1955.

91-49/1/4   Ledger balance sheet, 1950.

91-49/1/5   Ledger sheet, income statement, 1955.

91-49/1/6   Sample stationery.

91-49/1/7   Indian Trading Post price list, no date.

91-49/1/8   Greeting cards sent by Harry, no date.

91-49/1/9   Pyramid Lake [Reservation] water rights, 1952; 1968.

91-49/1/10   Prospectus for sale of the Ranch, written by Harry Drackert, circa 1957.

91-49/1/11   A. J. Liebling article, "Slot Machines and Repose", 1950.

91-49/1/12   A. J. Liebling article, "Mustang Buzzers", 1954.

91-49/1/13   A. J. Liebling article, "Lake of the Cui-ui Eaters", 1955.

 

91-49/2   Series 2: Donner Trail Guest Ranch.   1959-1970.   20 folders (1 cu. ft.).

The Donner Trail Guest Ranch in Verdi was operated by Harry and Joan Drackert from 1959-1970. The main ranch building dated from 1865 when it was known as the Merrill Ranch or Inn and served as a tavern and hotel. The ranch came under the ownership of Jack Fugitt in 1945; he moved the main building back from the Truckee River bank, remodeled and expanded it, and developed an exclusive guest ranch. Fugitt sold the ranch in 1956 to a group of promoters who renamed it the Truckee River Country Club. The Drackerts became the managers in 1959, renaming it the Donner Trail Guest Ranch.

The Drackerts offered their guests, many of whom were "six weekers," a gracious introduction to "The West." They provided opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, hunting, excursions to Lake Tahoe and Reno, or simply quiet rest as quests preferred. Their clientele came primarily from the northeastern states of the U.S. where state laws made divorce a lengthy, costly, and public procedure. Most often the Drackert's establishment was recommended to their guests by lawyers in the east who had sent other clients to Reno for divorces, or by former guests. The success of the Drackerts may be best summed up in this line from a letter sent to Joan Drackert by a grateful guest: "Thank you again for the wonderful divorce!"

The Drackerts and their dude ranch operations were the subject of articles in national publications, both newspapers and magazines such as the New Yorker. These articles often mentioned famous guests, some of whom came for a vacation, not a divorce. Among the rich and famous who stayed at Donner Trail were Saul Bellow, Evelyn Funt (Mrs. Allen Funt), Mary Rockefeller (Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller), Katharine Place (later, Mrs. Jackie Jensen), Margaret and Andreas Papandreou, Ernest Du Pont, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Alvino Rey and family (the King Family singers), and Dolly Fritz McMasters (later Mrs. Newton Cope). It was not unusual for a wedding to take place at Donner Trail immediately following the divorce of one or both of the newlyweds.

As he had at Pyramid Lake, Harry raised horses at Donner Trail, both for use by the guests and for racing. Occasionally, guests brought their own horses with them for their extended stay, along with their children and nannies.

The Drackert's management of Donner Trail Ranch was abruptly terminated during the season of 1970 when the owners decided to subdivide the property. The Drackerts sold their stock, stored their furnishings, and moved off the ranch. Ironically, one of the principal developers died shortly thereafter, forcing postponement of any development. Currently (1991) most of the land has been sold and built on and the historic main building, at one time a restaurant, now stands idle.

The contents of this series consist of financial records, correspondence with Clem Roark (who was involved in an investment/development plan with the Drackerts), correspondence with attorneys and travel agents regarding lodging recommendations to their clients, guests lists and guest registration cards, poetry written by guests, inventories, water supply reports, and horse breeding records. The bulk of the correspondence with former and potential guests is located in the "Joan Drackert" series (Series 5).

See Box 1, 91-49/1/2 for first financial ledger of the Donner Trail Guest Ranch, 1959-1961.

Box 2
91-49/2/1   Financial ledger, 1961-1963.

91-49/2/2   Financial ledger, 1963-1965.

91-49/2/3   Financial ledger, 1965-1967.

91-49/2/4   Financial ledger, 1967-1970.

Box 3
91-49/2/5-6   Clem Roark correspondence, 1963-1964; 1965-1967; no date.

91-49/2/7   Attorneys' and travel agents' correspondence, 1966-1970.

91-49/2/8-9   Guest lists, Summer 1967.

91-49/2/10   Poetry.

91-49/2/11-12   Sample stationery and promotional materials.

91-49/2/13   Donner Memorial Wagon Train, 1969.

91-49/2/14   Washoe County Assessor's map and assessment page for Donner Trail Guest Ranch.

91-49/2/15   Furniture inventory, 1970.

91-49/2/16   Domestic water supply report, 1967.

91-49/2/17   Horse breeding records.

91-49/2/18   Sale catalog, horses from Laguna Seca Ranch, 1962.

91-49/2/19   Riding lists, circa 1967 or 1968.

91-49/2/20   Disposal of Donner Trail stock, circa 1970.

 

91-49/3   Series 3: Silver Circle Guest Ranch.   1969-1978.   4 folders.

The Drackerts purchased the Silver Circle Guest Ranch property on Holcomb Lane off of South Virginia Street in Reno along with Mr. and Mrs. Warren Nelson in 1970. The Nelsons provided most of the purchase funds, while the Drackerts brought into the partnership their ranch furnishings and management expertise. The Drackerts were able to begin guest ranch operations very quickly after the transaction despite extensive additions and remodeling of the property. The attractions offered by the ranch were similar to those available at Donner Trail with the addition of a swimming pool on the grounds. Again, the Drackerts warm hospitality was a strong draw but liberal changes in national divorce laws and the availability of "quickie" divorces in Mexico and Haiti cut into the guest ranch market. In 1976 the Drackerts and Nelsons sold the ranch to Beatrice and Robert Gardner who planned to use the facility for primate behavior research.

Records in this series include purchase and sale documents related to Silver Circle, guest registration cards, correspondence regarding the hiring of domestics for the ranch, horse boarding records, and promotional brochures for other dude ranches in the Reno area. The bulk of the correspondence received by the Drackerts during this period is filed in the correspondence files of the "Joan Drackert" series (Series 5).

Box 3
91-49/3/1   Deed, sales contract, and inventories, 1971-1978.

91-49/3/2   Domestics, 1969-1976.

91-49/3/3   Horse breeding records, 1975-1976. Also contains an address book of merchandise sources for Indian Territory, Inc., no date.

91-49/3/4   Promotional and sales brochures for other dude/guest ranches.

 

91-49/4   Series 4: Indian Territory, Inc.   1974-1987; 1992.   64 folders (1.5 cu. ft.).

Although Harry and Joan Drackert sold their last guest ranch business in 1976, they were not ready to truly retire. Building on a long-time interest in the arts of the Indians of the American southwest, they opened a shop to sell Indian arts and crafts in 1974 at 130 North Virginia Street in Reno and named it Indian Territory, Inc. The shop was relocated in the early 1980s to 110 North Virginia Street. The Drackerts carried a line of top quality merchandise, including southwest jewelry, baskets, pottery, Navaho rugs, art prints such as those by R.C. Gorman, and other items. Their clientele included Reno residents and a long list of customers who had either visited Reno and discovered the shop, or who did business by mail order. The store was closed in 1986 and the building was torn down. Items acquired by the Drackerts for their personal collection during this period were auctioned by R.G. Munn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in early 1992.

This extensive group of records includes correspondence with customers, gallery owners, and craftsmen; financial documents; merchandise inventories; contracts; and correspondence, brochures, and newsletters from the Heard and Wheelwright Museums, Southwest Association of Indian Affairs, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. The collection originally contained receipt slips and other documents pertaining to the sale of the Drackert's merchandise; those materials have been discarded to protect the security and confidentiality of their customers. Also included is a catalog for the Joan Drackert Estate auction, 1992.

Box 3
91-79/4/1-7   Correspondence.

91-49/4/7   Purchase contract, April 1975.

91-49/4/8   Sale of Indian Territory, Inc., 1985-1986.

91-49/4/9   Banking.

91-49/4/10   Insurance.

91-49/4/11   KOLO advertising spots, 1976-1977.

91-49/4/12-20   Monthly financial statements, 1975-1986.

91-49/4/21   Vin Meier account.

91-49/4/22   Joan's accounts and correspondence in connection with Indian Territory, Inc.

91-49/4/23-25   Inventories, circa 1974 to April 1975.

Box 4
91-49/4/26-28   Inventories, 1977-1985. [1976 missing when received from donor.]

91-49/4/29   Advertisements.

91-49/4/30   Downtown Reno Redevelopment correspondence, 1983-1987.

91-49/4/31-32   Rugs and sales.

91-49/4/33   Purchases.

91-49/4/34-35   Artifacts and dealers.

91-49/4/36   Purchases by mail.

91-49/4/37-38   Newspaper clippings.

91-49/4/39   Indian crafts.

91-49/4/40  "History of Hopi Kachina Dolls" by C. J. Bluebird.

91-49/4/41-42   Toh-Atin Jackson David Trading Company.

91-49/4/43   Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

91-49/4/44   Beads.

91-49/4/45   Gallup Indian Trading Company.

91-49/4/46   Vendors' catalogs.

91-49/4/47   Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Tour.

91-49/4/48   Durango Collection exhibition, 1985.

91-49/4/49   Erik Bromberg newsletters.

91-49/4/50   Catalogs and flyers.

91-49/4/51-54   Galleries: Shows, invitations, and advertisements..

91-49/4/55   Heard Museum.

91-49/4/56-59   Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

91-49/4/60-62   Southwestern Association of Indian Affairs, Inc.

91-49/4/63   Wheelwright Museum.

91-49/4/64   Joan Drackert Estate auction catalog, January 31 and February 1-2, 1992.

 

91-49/5   Series 5: Joan Drackert Papers.   1914-1991.   111 folders (5 cu. ft.).

This collection of Joan's papers reflects her activities in connection with the management of three guest ranches, extensive correspondence with former guests, interests in trapshooting, and close ties with her sisters, Phillis Abry Kaplan and Betty Abry Arensberg.

The bulk of this series consists of correspondence received by Joan from former guests, friends, relatives, and business associates. Only a few carbon copies of letters written by Joan were saved by her. Much of this material was created during the time of, and is associated with the Drackert's guest ranch businesses and would normally have been filed in the individual series representing those businesses (Series 1-3). However, Mrs. Drackert kept these letters separated from the other business records; moreover, many of the letters from former guests are personal, rather than business, so her original arrangement has been retained.

Other important material in this series includes her baby book, two trapshooting scrapbooks, personal reminiscences, some personal financial records, newspaper articles she saved, and manuscripts written by others. The most important manuscript is [History of] "Dog Valley and Verdi," by Victor Goodwin. One section includes photographs and an excellent history of the Donner Trail Ranch property.

The arrangement of the correspondence is chronological; however, while letters were sorted according to the year of creation, they were not sorted into a more definitive order. The other material is sorted by type but otherwise in no particular order.

Box 5
91-49/5/1-21   Correspondence, 1952-1968.

Box 6
91-49/5/22-37   Correspondence, 1969-1973.

Box 7
91-49/5/38-59   Correspondence, 1973-1982.

Box 8
91-49/5/60-77   Correspondence, 1983-1990; no date.

91-49/5/78   Birth, baptismal, and marriage certificates, 1914-1950.

91-49/5/79   Personal divorce correspondence, 1946-1950.

91-49/5/80   Joan Abry's baby book, 1914-1915.

91-49/5/81   Joan's pilot's flight record and log book, 1938-1940.

91-49/5/82-83   Reminiscences, circa 1968; 1989.

91-49/5/84   Diary of a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, circa 1989. List of persons to be notified [in case of Harry's death?].

Box 9
91-49/5/85   Personal financial ledger, 1980-1984.

91-49/5/86-88   Trapshooting.

Box 13
91-49/5/86/1   Trapshooting scrapbook, circa 1936.

Box 12
91-49/5/86/2   Spanish Springs Trap and Skeet Club, 1967-1971.

Box 9
91-49/5/89   Address lists, 1963-1982.

91-49/5/90   World War II War Stamp Album, circa 1942-1945.

91-49/5/91   Manuscript: “Divorces, dude ranches, and Drackerts.”

91-49/5/92   Excerpts from interview with Harry and Joan Drackert, December 1984, by Judy Taylor (Mrs. Harry Taylor).

91-49/5/93   Manuscript: "The Indian Speaks at Pyramid Lake," no author, no date.

91-49/5/94   Manuscript: "Line and Tree", A Reporter at Large feature of The New Yorker Magazine, by A. J. Liebling, Galley One, April 28, 1949.

91-49/5/95   Manuscript: “Sheep Hunting in Alaska” by Robert Broadbent, 1965.

91-49/5/96   Manuscript: "What is a Duck Hunter" by Charley Dickey, no date.

91-49/5/97   Manuscript: "Scarcely in Vogue" by Penny Converse Pier.

91-49/5/98   Manuscript: Short stories by [John Regan].

91-49/5/99-102   Manuscript: "Verdi and Dog Valley" by Victor Goodwin, 1960.

91-49/5/103   Indian [ledger] drawings, no date [19th century possibly].

91-49/5/104   News clippings: The Drackerts.

91-49/5/105   News clippings: Friends, former guests, and relatives of the Drackerts.

91-49/5/106   News clippings: Divorce.

91-49/5/107   News clippings: Guest/dude ranches.

91-49/5/108   News clippings: Pyramid Lake.

91-49/5/109   News clippings: Rodeos.

91-49/5/110   News clippings: Miscellaneous.

91-49/5/111   Button badge for the Gulf War.

 

91-49/6   Series 6: Harry Drackert.   1888-1990.   27 folders (.5 cu. ft.).

The bulk of Series 6 pertains to Harry's youth and to his interest in rodeos. There is a small amount of correspondence, both general (arranged chronologically) and related to the Reno Rodeo Association. Also included are a selection of rodeo programs from the 1920s when Harry was a participant; school announcements, programs, yearbook, and newsletter; some political campaign buttons and ribbon badges; and a nice selection of children's books dating from about 1888 to 1913.

Box 9
91-49/6/1   Baptismal and death certificates, 1906; 1990.

91-49/6/2   Biographical sketches of Harry, compiled for his nomination for the Cowboy Hall of Fame, no date, circa 1979.

91-49/6/3   Correspondence, 1909-1986; no date.

91-49/6/4   Correspondence: Horse related, 1981.

91-49/6/5   Harry Drackert's political campaign, 1962.

91-49/6/6   Screen Actors' Guild residuals, 1974-1984.

91-49/6/7   Membership and business cards, 1942-1968.

91-49/6/8   Reno Rodeo: Stock certificate, 1920; Correspondence, newsletters, 1986-1989.

91-49/6/9   Reno Rodeo: Programs and playbills, 1966-1972.

91-49/6/10   Rodeo programs, non-Reno, 1923-1925; 1961.

Box 10
91-49/6/11   Reno horse racing, circa 1965-1976.

91-49/6/12   Tevis Cup, 1964; 1966.

91-49/6/13   Announcements and programs, non-horse related, 1912-1929.

91-49/6/14   Yearbook: Montana Deaconess School, 1914-1916.

91-49/6/15   Sweet Grass High School newsletter, "The Sheepherder", May 3, 1924, special track meet edition.

91-49/6/16   Maps of Stillwater, no date.

91-49/6/17   Ribbons, button badges, and other ephemera, no date.

91-49/6/18   California State Fair medals.

91-49/6/19   Address books.

91-49/6/20   Miscellaneous.

91-49/6/21   Book: New Testament Bible, pocket size, distributed to members of the military during WWII.

91-49/6/22   Book: Play and Work. Published by McCloughlin Brothers, no date, circa 1901.

91-49/6/23   Book: Esop's [sic] Fables. Published by McLaughlin Brothers, 1901.

91-49/6/24   Books: The Sunbeam Magazine. Published by the Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath School Work, fragments of two issues, 1913 and no date; Fragments of 5 other books, no date; Bible Stories and ABC's, no date.

91-49/6/25   Books: Mother Goose. Berger Publishing Company, 1907; Play and Mischief. McLaughlin Brothers, 1901; Robin's Curls (cover only).

91-49/6/26   Books: Who Killed Cock Robin (a muslinbook). Saalfield Publishing Co., no date; Jack and the Bean Stalk. Published by M. A. Donohue & Co., no date, circa 1910.

91-49/6/27   Books: Little Folks: A Magazine for the Young (incomplete), no date; Little Folks ABC Book, 1888.

 

91-49/7   Series 7: Charles and Alice Drackert Papers.   1869-1965.   16 folders (.5 cu. ft.).

Harry Drackert's parents were Charles Edmond Drackert, 1875-1938; and Alice (Allie) Richtmyer Drackert, 1887-1963. Charles was a mining engineer and in about 1903 they lived briefly in Goldfield, Nevada, before moving permanently to Pony, Montana, where their only child Harry was born and raised. Charles often worked away from Pony, finding work wherever mining was strong, particularly in southern Nevada. He was a member of several unions, including the Western Federation of Miners, the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, and the Mining Association of Montana. He was also a Freemason.

Allie Drackert was born in Catskill, New York; her father was Wilmot Richtmyer who moved to Pony, Montana in about 1900. Allie and Charles were married in Pony in 1903. After Charles' death in 1938 Alice continued to live in Pony but often made lengthy visits to Reno. Allie was a life member of Eastern Star.

Series 7 has been roughly divided into two sections; the first part contains materials related to Charles, and the second segment consists of Allie's papers. Charles' materials are mining related. Within Allie's papers are a wonderful "Victorian" valentine card and several comic postcards, legal documents, genealogical materials on the Richtmyer family, autograph books, and several books.

Box 10
91-49/7/1   Mining related correspondence to Charles Drackert, 1931-1938.

91-49/7/2   Charles' union cards and regulations, 1897-1937.

91-49/7/3-4   Charles' time books (logs)/account ledgers, 1899-1933.

91-49/7/5   Correspondence to Alice and/or Charles and Alice, circa 1900-1954.

91-49/7/6   Postcards.

91-49/7/7   Alice's legal papers, 1917-1965.

91-49/7/8   Alice's financial documents, 1939; 1941.

91-49/7/9   Drackert/Richtmyer genealogy/vital statistics.

91-49/7/10   Alice: Eastern Star, 1938; 1956.

91-49/7/11   Alice: Calling cards, no date.

91-49/7/12   Alice: Autograph albums, 1882; 1888.

91-49/7/13   Alice: Book, Love's Message. Holiday Publishing Co., 1906.

91-49/7/14   Alice: Books, Bible (portions), no date; Book of Common Prayer, 1869.

91-49/7/15   Alice and Charles: Fragments of books and pamphlets.

91-49/7/16   Ribbons and button badges, no date.

 

91-49/8   Series 8: Photographs.   Circa 1880s-1990.

The collection contains several thousand photographs and a number of photo albums, all of which have been transferred to the photographic archives of the Special Collections Department as UNRS-P1993-01. The earliest photographs consist of snapshots and portraits of Harry's family, their trip to San Francisco, and their home[s] in Pony, Montana.

The collection also documents the Nevada guest ranch industry, with images of Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s; the Donner Trail Guest Ranch, including buildings and guests; and the Silver Circle Ranch facility. There are extensive photographs of the arts and crafts items sold at the Drackert's shop, Indian Territory, Inc., and many photos of the Drackerts and their friends. These photos include action shots of Harry participating in rodeo events and the horses he later raised and raced.

There is one important group of photographs which was not separated from the manuscript collection. In the early 1960s Harry was given a manuscript by Victor Goodwin on the history of Verdi and Dog Valley. The manuscript contains many unique and seldom-seen images of Verdi, Dog Valley, Reno, and the lumbering industry in those areas. Because the photos were pasted into the manuscript they were left with that document and filed in Series 5 (91-49/5/99-102).

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