Sarah Patton
775-688-1190 ext. 227

Research Library Hours
Wednesday – Friday
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Reservations appointments are required.

We have two online forms to help you!

1. Do you want to come and research at NHS? Use Research Library Onsite Visit Form to schedule an appointment.

2. Do you live here or elsewhere but you don’t know if NHS has the materials you are looking for?
Use Research Library Research Request Form.

Research Library

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.

Historians, genealogists, local residents, students and visitors interested in delving into the past are welcome.

Materials available to the public 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 to help you find materials you’re looking for.

We have two great research tools available during your visit, and 


Photocopying is available for .25 per page depending upon the type of document. Staff and volunteers will do all photocopying. You can use your phone to make copies of documents and resource materials for .20 per image.

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

The NHS staff will assist patrons in providing an Independent Researchers list, if a private researcher is needed.

Guidelines when using the Research Library

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
  • Water and Food

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

Research Library Rules and Regulations Policy

In-House Content 

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 – 

Certain Restrictions

We reserve the right to restrict photocopying of vintage photographs and original documents as latent damage can occur to the binding, 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 materials (collection materials, documents and photographs) for websites, exhibitions and publications, there is a usage fee charge. You will need to fill out our Rights and Reproduction Application. 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 Forms

Here are the price, reproduction and order forms.

Reproduction Order Form

Rights and Reproduction Application

Reproduction Information Pricing for Publication


Lists and Database

NEW NHS Online Collections Database
*staff have added over 4,683 records to the database.

NHS_MS Collection Master List 2018

NHS MS Finding Aid List
*staff are working on making these available from older formatted versions. Make sure to check out the finding aids that are posted.

Additional Resources

Here is a list of resources available to aid you in your research.

Mathewson-IGT KC – Special Collections

ONE – Online Nevada Encyclopedia

NHS Quarterlies Digitized

NHS Online Library Catalog

CDNC – California Digital Newspaper Collection

NSLA – Nevada State Library and Archives

HRPS – Historic Reno Preservation Society