Bernice Auchoberry: An Oral History

Places: Douglas County, Gardnerville, Minden, Northern Nevada

Bernice Auchoberry: A Contribution to a Survey of Life in Carson Valley from First Settlement through the 1950sInterviewee: Bernice AuchoberryInterviewed: 1984Published: 1984Interviewer: R. T. KingUNOHP Catalog #108Bernice Auchoberry, a Washoe, was born in 1914, near the end of a fifty-year period... more

Ruth D. Achard and Margaret D. McDonald: An Oral History

Places: Carson City, Douglas County, Minden, Northern Nevada

Ruth D. Achard and Margaret D. McDonald: A Contribution to a Survey of Life in Carson Valley from First Settlement through the 1950sInterviewees: Ruth D. Achard and Margaret D. McDonaldInterviewed: 1984Published: 1984Interviewer: R. T. KingUNOHP Catalog #107Ruth Achard and Margaret McDonald,... more

Phyllis J. Walsh: An Oral History

Places: Lyon County, Storey County, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Phyllis J. Walsh: From Lorgnettes to Lariats – In Loving Recollection of the S Bar S Ranch, Where Work Hardened Our Hands, While Visitors Lightened Our HeartsInterviewee: Phyllis J. WalshInterviewed: 1971Published: 1973Interviewer: Mary Ellen GlassUNOHP Catalog #061Phyllis J. Walsh, a native... more

Harry Hawkins: An Oral History

Places: Carson City, Douglas County, Northern Nevada

Harry Hawkins: Douglas-Alpine HistoryInterviewee: Harry HawkinsInterviewed: 1965Published: 1967Interviewer: Mary Ellen GlassUNOHP Catalog #016Harry Hawkins was born in Alpine County, California, in 1881. His grandparents were among the earliest settlers in the area of Woodfords, on the property... more

H. Clyde Mathews, Jr.: An Oral History

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Oral Autobiography of a Modern-­Day Baptist Minister­, Life in California, Missionary to the Reno­Sparks Indian Colony, Office of Economic Opportunity, Nevada Politics and Civic AffairsInterviewee: Clyde Mathews, Jr.Interviewed: 1967-1968Published: 1969Interviewer: Mary Ellen GlassUNOHP... more

The University of Nevada, Reno Anthropology Research Museum

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Interviewees: Catherine S. Fowler and Donald L. HardestyInterviewed: 2002Published: 2013Interviewer: Morgan BlanchardUNOHP Catalog #232The Research Museum of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, was founded in 1980 when the department inherited a number of... more

Warren d'Azevedo: An Oral History

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Warren d'Azevedo: By Dead ReckoningInterviewee: Warren d’AzevedoInterviewed: 1997-1998, 2005Published: 2005Interviewer: Penny RucksUNOHP Catalog #203On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Great Basin Anthropological Conference in Reno, Brian Wallace, Chairman of the Washoe... more

John Dressler: An Oral History

Places: Carson City, Washoe County, Sparks, Northern Nevada

John Dressler: Recollections of a Washoe StatesmenInterviewee: John DresslerInterviewed: 1970Published: 1972Interviewer: Mary Ellen GlassUNOHP Catalog #049John Dressler is a native of Nevada, born in 1916. Mr. Dressler, a Washoe, typifies the Indian in Nevada, who holds to the Indian ways whenever... more

Albina Redner: An Oral History

Places: Austin, Carson City, Churchill County, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Lander County, Northern Nevada

Albina Redner: A Shoshone LifeInterviewee: Albina RednerInterviewed: 1989-1990Published: 1990Interviewer: Helen BlueUNOHP Catalog #153Albina Redner is a Shoshone Indian from central Nevada. Mrs. Redner’s mother, grandfather, and uncles were Indian healers, and in this oral history she... more

A Story of Encounters: Artistic and Cultural Encounters

Broader cultural appreciation of native Nevadan art forms took hold in the late nineteenth century, as a widespread fascination with American Indian culture spread throughout the United States. One major influence was the rise of the Arts and Crafts movement in the decorative and fine arts, which... more

A Story of Encounters: Everyday Encounters

With the arrival of statehood and the establishment of permanent towns throughout the state, interactions between Nevada’s natives and non-natives took many forms. Over time, many tribal members moved from informal camps and settlements to the state’s growing number of Indian colonies... more

A Story of Encounters: Anthropological and Archeological Encounters

In the decades after 1900, scholars and researchers from across the United States and Europe began traveling to Nevada to study the area’s existing native tribes and those that preceded them. From the ruins of the Lost City in southern Nevada to contemporary Washoe communities of the eastern... more

A Story of Encounters: Troubled Encounters

Throughout the United States, many early encounters between native tribes and non-natives were tense—even hostile—and the area that became Nevada was no exception.The westward expansion of the United States was fully underway by the 1840s, with the establishment of emigrant trails to... more

George Whittell Jr.

Places: Incline Village, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

George Whittell Jr. was born in 1881 to one of San Francisco's wealthiest families. He never worked a day in his life, instead choosing to live off the interest generated by the millions he inherited from his parents, George Sr. and Anna Whittell. His enormous assets allowed him to purchase the... more

Circus Circus

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

When Jay Sarno designed his Caesars Palace hotel-casino, which opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 1966, he envisioned it as a center of Ancient Roman extravagance. His next idea for a casino had less appeal to big gamblers, but was just as ambitious–he wanted it to house the largest circus in... more

Charles Springer

Charles Springer was at the center of many important political developments in Nevada. Born in Reno on February 20, 1928, and educated in Reno schools and at the University of Nevada, he served in the Army’s 11th Airborne and earned his law degree at Georgetown University. He was a bill... more

John Wesley North

Places: Carson City, Northern Nevada

Nevada territorial Supreme Court Justice John Wesley North played an important role in the pivotal single ledge case. Born in Sand Lake, New York in 1815, North began teaching school at age fifteen. In 1833, he became a licensed lay preacher. While continuing to teach, he attended the Cazenovia... more

Beckley's Men's Clothing

Beckley’s Men’s Clothing, pictured here in 1915 at First and Fremont streets. Jake Beckley came to Las Vegas with his boyhood friend Jake Von Tobel and was a founding partner in the Ed Von Tobel Lumber Company. He opened Beckley’s Men’s Clothing with his brother William in... more

Washoe County

Places: Washoe County, Northern Nevada

The Nevada Territorial Legislature created Washoe County on November 25, 1861 as one of the original ten counties in the northwest corner of the Nevada Territory. The County later combined with Roop County to its current size of 6,302 square miles bordering Oregon on the north, California on the... more

James F. Lewis

Places: Carson City, Virginia City, Storey County, Washoe County, Washoe Valley, Northern Nevada

In 1864, the voters elected James F. Lewis, as one of the three original men to serve as a supreme court justice on the first Nevada Supreme Court bench. Henry Beatty and Cornelius Brosnan were the other men elected at the same time, and at age 28, Lewis was the youngest of the original jurists.... more

Cornelius M. Brosnan

Places: Virginia City, Storey County, Northern Nevada

In 1864, the people elected Cornelius Brosnan, one of three men to serve as a justice on the first Nevada Supreme Court bench. He had only lived in Virginia City since 1862. The growing number of lawsuits over the Comstock mines attracted Brosnan to Nevada, where he opened his law office.  ... more

African Americans in Las Vegas

Places: Clark County, Boulder City, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Over the course of the twentieth century, economic opportunities encouraged Black migration to the Las Vegas area, but racial discrimination curtailed aspirations for decent employment. Partnership in a ranch attracted John Howell, the first Black man known to own property in Southern Nevada;... more

Clark J. Guild

Places: Lyon County, Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Clark Joseph Guild was born in Nevada in 1887. He is best known for his long career as a district judge and as the founder of the Nevada State Museum. Clark Guild’s life was a long, distinguished one. In his oral interview, he recounts in rich detail his boyhood days in Dayton, his experience... more

Procter R. Hug, Jr.

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Procter R. Hug Jr., a native Nevadan, has made a lasting mark on Nevada’s institutional, legal, and judicial history. Born March 11, 1931, in Reno, he describes an “ideal childhood,” with parents who nurtured and encouraged a bright, busy, and optimistic child. Judge Hug’s... more

Peter I. Breen

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

It is no accident that tradition, history, and continuity are important to the Hon. Peter I. Breen, Judge of the Second Judicial District, Washoe County, Nevada. As a native Nevadan and the third generation of his namesake and family to be a lawyer and a judge, the law beckoned.Peter I. Breen was... more