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Nevada Women's Archives


The Nevada Women's Archives was established in 1992 in the Special Collections Department at the University Library, University of Nevada, Reno, in response to the need for a focused project to collect and preserve Nevada women’s original source materials. This collection substantially enhanced the department’s existing collections about Nevada women and serves as an important resource for those conducting study and research in many diverse subject areas.

To further the work of the Nevada Women’s Archives, Special Collections continues to seek the donation and deposit of collections of papers and records from both individuals and women’s organizations. We strive to acquire materials relating to women’s lives—both public and private; collections dealing with both historic and contemporary issues. The types of materials we seek include correspondence, diaries, business records, photographs, and literary manuscripts. These materials provide insight into the unique roles of women, along with changing attitudes and special problems faced by women. They also document the importance and influence of women’s organizations in Nevada’s history.

PhotographUpon acquisition by the Special Collections Department, papers and records are arranged and described following professional archival standards. Information about each collection is entered into the University Library’s online catalog and into a national database. Finding aids for individual collections are prepared which describe in detail the contents of the papers. Processed collections are available for use in the department.

A book, Nevada women's history : a guide to archives and manuscripts in Nevada repositories by Jean Ford was published in 1998 by the Nevada Women's History Project. Copies of the book are available in Special Collection; please contact us to obtain one.



The Nevada Women’s Archives received substantial financial support from the Nevada community, from both individuals and organizations. The University also provided funding and the project was awarded a grant from the Nevada State Library and Archives. 

If you would like more information or have materials to contribute, please contact:

Special Collections Department
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0322

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