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Manuscript Finding Aid

A Guide to the Records of
The Nevada Federation of Republican Women
Collection No. 95-73

Nevada Federation of Republican Women

The Nevada Federation of Republican Women is a branch of the national organization which provides a means through which women who share the principles of the Republican Party can join its activities and work toward common goals. It assists in political education, cooperates with the national party in electing Republican candidates at all levels, encourages the recruitment of Republican women candidates, and encourages the formation of teen clubs. The Nevada Federation also works to foster loyalty to the Republican Party and supports the objectives and policies of the National Federation of Republican women.

In Nevada, local chapters were formed in a number of locations. To form a chapter, a club must have ten members in good standing and hold five or more regular meetings a year. An individual can join any number of clubs but have voting privileges in only one club. According to a 1985 newsletter of the Paradise Valley Republican Women's Club Federated, there were eighteen clubs in Nevada with 1,450 members. Chapters existed in Boulder City, Carson City, Douglas County, Henderson, Incline Village/Crystal Bay, Fallon (Lahontan Chapter), Lake Tahoe-Nevada, Las Vegas, Lyon County, Ormsby County, Pahrump Valley, Paradise Valley, Reno, and Sparks. Notes in newsletters of several clubs indicates that some chapters struggled to maintain their charters and that the fortunes of individual chapters rose and fell with the strength of the Republican Party in the state and in the nation.

Scope and Content

The records of the Nevada Federation of Republican Women were donated to the Special Collections Department in 1995 by Patsy Pumphrey. The collection consists of two cubic feet of records which date from 1969-1995. There are no restrictions on their use.

The collection is organized by individual Nevada chapters, in alphabetical order by name, preceeded by records of the Nevada Federation. The types of records found within each chapter's files vary but include minutes, newsletters, convention materials, special events files, clippings, and photographs. There are also two scrapbooks of the Nevada Federation. The photographs have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Department's photographic archives as Photo Collection P96-07.

Processed by: Susan Searcy
Date: October 20, 1995


Box 1

95-73   Series 1. Nevada Federation of Republican Women. 1970-1992. 8 folders.

This series includes materials created or collected by the state organization. Included are minutes, memos, the 1978 bylaws, newsletters, convention materials, and special event files. There are also two scrapbooks, files as 95-73/18.

1/1 Minutes, memos, bylaws. 1970-1971; 1978; 1987.

1/2 Nevada Federation of Republican Women's Clubs.

1/3 The Nevada Republican Women Newsletter.

1/4 National Federation of Republican Women Convention. 1985.

1/5 1989 Convention.

1/6 Republican National Convention 1992. Delegate Materials.

1/7 Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. 1987.

1/8 Lincoln Day Dinner.


95-73   Series 2. Boulder City Republican Women's Club. 1985-1992. 2 folders.

This series includes clippings and newsletters from the Boulder City Republican Women's Club. The clippings detail special events, news of members, and activities of the club.

2/1 Clippings.

2/2 Newsletters. 1989; 1991-1992.


95-73   Series 3. Carson City Republican Women's Club. 1987-1995. 4 folders.

This series includes newsletters, clippings, and financial reports. The Carson City Republican Women's Club newsletter, "The Trumpeter" carried not only club news but news about other Republican events and legislative action.

3/1 "The Trumpeter" Newsletter. 1987-1995.

3/2 Clippings.

3/3 Carson City clippings.

3/4 Quarterly Reports [Financial]. 1993.


95-73   Series 4. Douglas County Republican Women's Club. 1985-1991. 1 folder.

This short series includes clippings, programs for club functions, and a few newsletters.

4/1 Clippings, programs, newsletters. 1985-1991, 1996.


95-73   Series 5. Republican Women's Capital Career Club. 1987-1988. 1 folder.

In 1987 a second Republican women's group was formed in Carson City, the Republican Women's Capital Career Club. Included in this series is a flyer announcing the charter meeting and several newsletters/meeting announcements.

5/1 Announcements, newsletters, 1987-1988.

95-73   Series 6. Republican Women of Henderson. 1988-1993. 2 folders.

The bulk of this series consists of the chapter's newsletter, "The Henderson Republican." There are also some minutes and news clippings.

6/1 Minutes, 1988; clippings.

6/2 Newsletters, 1988-1993.


95-73   Series 7. Republican Women's Club of Incline Village/Crystal Bay. 1985-1995. 2 folders.

This series includes clippings about club events, including fund raisers, and copies of the newsletter, "The Elephant's Tale." The newsletter, in addition to club news, carries news of programs and essays on topics of interest.

7/1 Newsletters. February 1993 - September 1995.

7/2 Clippings. 1985-1990.


95-73   Series 8. Lahontan Federated Republican Women. 1970-1989. 2 folders.

The chapter's newsletter provides information about activities of other Republican Women's clubs and their activities.

8/1 Newsletters, 1970; 1987-1989.

8/2 Clippings. 1983-1989.


95-73   Series 9. Lake Tahoe-Nevada Republican Women's Club. 1970-1991. 5 folders.

Nevada Republican women at Lake Tahoe formed two chapters: one at Incline Village and one at South Lake Tahoe. The Lake Tahoe-Nevada club seems to have been one of the most active in the state, holding regular monthly luncheons with important Republican speakers. The monthly newsletters document those activities, as do the clippings.

9/1 Newsletters, 1970-1971.

9/2 Newsletters, 1987-1991.

9/3 Newsletters, 1992 - April 1994.

9/4 Clippings.

9/5 National Convention materials [1992]; miscellaneous, 1991.


95-73   Series 10. Active Republican Women's Club of Las Vegas, Federated. 1979-1989. 3 folders.

Materials for the two clubs in Las Vegas, contained in Series 10 and 11, constitute the largest two series in the collection.

10/1 Newsletters, 1986-1989.

10/2 Scrapbook, 1979.

10/3 Press Releases, 1979.


95-73   Series 11. Republican Women's Club of Las Vegas. 1970-1995.

This chapter appears to have had a very active and large membership. Especially informative are the chapter's newsletters which provide information about speakers at meetings, reports of campaign work, news of Republican candidates and office-holders, and synopsis of legislation.

11/1 Newsletters, 1970; 1985 - March 1987.

11/2 Newsletters, 1988-1995.

11/3 Miscellaneous.


95-73   Series 12. Lyon County Republican Women. 1986-1987. 1 folder.

This small series contains the chapter's newsletters, "The Republican Register."

12/1 Newsletters. 1986-1987.


95-73   Series 13. Ormsby County Republican Women. 1969. 1 folder.

This series contains two newsletters, written by the chapter president.

13/1 Newsletters, 1969.


95-73   Series 14. Pahrump Valley Republican Women. 1986-1995. 2 folders.

The Pahrump Valley Republican Women's newsletter, "The Elephant's Tale" comprises the bulk of this series and is very informative of the chapter's activities. The miscellaneous folder contains a memorial card and obituary for Elizabeth M. Dennis, chapter secretary, 1989.

14/1 Newsletters, 1986; 1989 - Sept. 1995.

14/2 Miscellaneous. 1989.


95-73   Series 15. Paradise Valley Republican Women's Club Federated. 1985-1988. 1 folder.

Although there are few materials for this chapter, the newsletter is very informative of the club's activities and also contains a statement as to the purpose and goals of the National Federation of Republican Women and the Nevada clubs.

15/1 Newsletters, 1985-1988.


95-73   Series 16. Republican Women's Clubs of Reno. 1985-1991. 1 folder.

This series contains the club's newsletter, "The Pachyderm Press" and flyers for various events.

16/1 Newsletters, 1985-1986; 1991 & miscellaneous.


95-73   Series 17a. Sparks Republican's Club. 1969-1970. 1 folder.

There are two issues of the Sparks Republican Club's newsletter; April, 1969, and February 1970.

17/1 Newsletter, 1969-1970.


95-73   Series 17b. Virgin Valley Republican's Club. 1996-1977. 1 folder.

This series contains three of the club's newsletters, entitled "Valley Views" in October 1996, then "The Virgin Valley View" in December 1996-1997.


95-73   Series 18. Scrapbooks. 1969-1979. 2 vols. and 1 folder.

The collection includes two scrapbooks, one compiled by Katheryn Morrison, historian, 1969-1970; and one compiled during the presidency of Jean Crooks, 1977-1979. Both scrapbooks document the Nevada Federation of Republican Women, rather than activities of local chapters. Included are photographs of members, officers, and events; clippings about events, members, and political candidates; admission flyers; and campaign flyers for NFRW officer candidates. The second volume also included a copy of the 1978 NFRW bylaws which were removed from the book and placed in the first folder of the collection, 95-73/1/1.

18/1 Loose material from scrapbook, 1969-1971.

Box 2

18/2 Scrapbook. 1969-1979

18/3 Scrapbook. 1977-1979


95-73   Series 19. Photographs.

All loose photos were transferred as Photo Collection P96-07 to the department's photo archives .