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Florence Lee Jones Cahlan Jean Ford Helen Stewart Nevada Women's Archives

Special Collections

UNLV Libraries

Nevada Women's Archives

As part of the Special Collections of UNLV Libraries, the Nevada Women's Archives project began in September 1994 to collect, preserve, and provide access to primary source materials documenting women's history in Southern Nevada. Materials resulting from women's activities in political, social, cultural, religious, commercial and economic life are the focus of the collection. The Archives collection includes legal papers, business and personal correspondence, family memorabilia, and family photo albums. Once collections are processed and cataloged, information is accessible through the library's catalog and through the World Wide Web to researchers not only in the community but also internationally.

The Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, began its Nevada Women's Archives Project in 1992. With the participation of the UNLV Libraries, the Nevada Women's Archives Project became truly a statewide effort to collect, to catalog, to preserve and to make accessible the records and the papers of Nevada women and women's organizations.

Eagles Aerie #1213 Auxiliary in Fallon, 1938

(Charles Aplin Photo Collection, UNLV Special Collections)
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Collection Directory

The Collection Directory provides a list of the collections that make up the Nevada Women's Archives at UNLV Special Collections. They are listed alphabetically by collection name, and those with online collection guides are linked to the individual guides.

Types of Materials Collected

  • Correspondence and diaries
  • Minutes and proceedings of organizations
  • Printed materials, such as newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and programs
  • Financial records - ledgers, journals, bills, receipts
  • Legal Documents, such as deeds, contracts, wills and mortgages
  • Literary materials - research notes, manuscripts, memoirs, reports, speeches
  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs, photo albums, film, videos
  • Audio and video recordings
  • Maps, charts, diagrams, graphs, lists

Common Sources of Materials

  • Civic and community organizations and clubs
  • Business records
  • Personal papers
  • Church groups and clubs
  • Business and professional organizations:
    1. Leisure & recreational groups
    2. Military organizations
    3. Labor organizations
    4. Political activities and organizations
    5. School-related organizations (e.g., sororities)

Anna Bracken at Old Las Vegas Ranch

(Ferron Photo Collection, UNLV Special Collections)
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For more information contact:

Joanne Goodwin
Associate Professor of History (Chair, NWA Advisory Committee)
Director, Women's Research Institute of Nevada

Su Kim Chung
Manuscripts Librarian, UNLV Special Collections

Lied Library
NWA/Special Collections Dept.
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 457010
Las Vegas NV 89154-7010
(702) 895-2241

Links to Other Women's History Sites