About

The Nevada Historical Society’s library, photograph, and manuscript collections constitute the largest and most complete repository of materials related to the history of Nevada and the Great Basin.

Anyone interested in Nevada history is welcome to visit and work with the collections.

Materials available include books, newspapers and periodicals, print files, maps, government documents, subject files, ephemera, the manuscript collections of diverse individuals and organizations, and over 500,000 photographs. Finding aids, collection descriptions, indexes, and catalogues are available for the various collections; staff members are on hand to answer questions and help you find the materials you’re looking for.

Research Library Hours

Wednesday – Friday
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
By appointment only




Wondering if NHS has materials on your research topic? Submit a Research Request Form.

 

Sarah Patton
Librarian/Archivist

spatton@nevadaculture.org
775-688-1190 ext. 227

GUIDELINES

Here is a basic list of items not allowed in the room while researching with collection materials:

• Pens, markers, highlighters
• Briefcases, bags, backpacks, and purses
• Coats and hats
• Food and drinks

Lockers are available for visitors. Make sure to have your ID available when checking in.

Before you visit, please be sure to review the NHS Conditions of Use policy

Copying

Photocopying is available for $0.25 per page. Staff and volunteers will do all photocopying. You can use your phone to take photos of material for $0.20 per image.

Photocopying of large orders which demand considerable time must be done by private researchers on an arranged fee basis.

Restrictions

We reserve the right to restrict photocopying of photographs and original documents due to fragility issues and deed restrictions.

Patrons should understand that there are restrictions on many manuscript collections and not everything is available for photocopying.

Patrons should understand that possession of photocopied material does not give them copyrights or publication rights.

If you want to use any material (collection materials, documents, and photographs) for websites, exhibitions, and publications, there will be a usage fee and reproduction charge. You will need to fill out our NHS Rights Reproduction Information and Order Form. For more information, please talk with our staff.

Entire collections (including books) will not be photocopied. No more than 42% of a collection can be copied.

NHS Resources

Online Library Catalog

Online Collections Database

Manuscript Collection Master List

Manuscript Finding Aids

Indexes Available On-Site 

Territorial Enterprise – fully Indexed from 1859-1891
Mining Index Cards – organized by County and Mines
Phil Earl Index Cards –  organized by Topic
General History Index Cards – people, places & things
Nevada Clipping Files – over 2000 folders
Nevada Teachers Cards – 1860 –
Yearbooks
Rare Print Files

Newspapers and Microfilm

Newspapers are such an important way to research communities, organization and people within those locations. NHS has an extensive collection of Nevada and select California newspapers. We have two great research tools available during your visit, Newspapers.com and Ancestry.com.

Nevada Newspaper List

California Newspaper List

Additional Resources

CDNC – California Digital Newspaper Collection

HRPS – Historic Reno Preservation Society

NHS Quarterlies Digitized

ONE – Online Nevada Encyclopedia

NSLA – Nevada State Library and Archives

UNR – Special Collections