Media History Project: Battle Born Politics
Nevada history is full of colorful individuals who were involved in local and national politics. During most of the 20th century, Nevada was the home to industries and activities that were illegal in other states, providing endless unique stories. Furthermore, the high percentage of federally-owned land in Nevada has infused Nevada politics with many issues uncommon in other areas. Special Collections houses a wealth of published and unpublished materials documenting all aspects of the political and social history of Nevada.
An important tip: History research is time-consuming. Start early!
Books in Special Collections, recommended for general history:
Barber, Alicia. Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City
Green, Michael. Nevada: A History of the Silver State
Bowers, Michael. The Sagebrush State: Nevada’s History, Government and Politics
Examples of books on more specific topics:
Clifton, Guy. Dempsey in Nevada.
Raymond, C. Elizabeth. George Wingfield : owner and operator of Nevada
Find other sources books in the library catalog.
UNR Library OneSearch (limit results to "Journal Articles" in the left column)
Online sources for background information:
To order digital copies of Special Collections photos, use the shopping cart within the online collection and/or our order form for not-yet-digital photos. In the "notes" section of the form, mention that you are using the photo(s) for Journalism 413 and you will not be charged. Photos for personal use are $12 each.
The library of the Nevada Historical Society, at the north edge of campus, is also a rich repository of primary sources. It is located at 1650 North Virginia Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4.