Jean Stoess Papers

Identifier: 83-02

Scope and Contents

The Jean Stoess Papers contains materials collected by Stoess during her time serving as Washoe County Commissioner and on other committees on the Washoe County Board. Materials included in this collection are correspondence, master plans and projects, photographs, maps, research, and additional information she collected during her service. This collection contains materials highlighting the growth and management in the Washoe County area.


  • 1963-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Stoess graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in Business Administration. She received her master’s at the University of Nevada, Reno specializing in Journalism.

Her passion for the Washoe County Library System began when she regularly visited the Downtown Reno Library. In 1977, she became the first woman to become commissioner for the Washoe County Commission, serving until 1981. Stoess served on multiple boards such as the Regional Transportation Commission, Washoe County Board of Commissioners, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, in adddition to numerous other civic groups active in the region and state.

In addition to her work in civic engagement, Stoess also managed a news service focused on elections, and edited and wrote a number of books.

[Jean Stoess' biography was sourced from the following materials:

"Five finalists selected to replace Aiazzi" Reno Gazette Journal, November 11, 2014.

"Library Board of Trustees" Washoe County Library System. Accessed October 14, 2021.]


29.417 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

Language of Materials



Jean Stoess is a former Washoe County Commissioner. The collection includes papers and material from her term from 1963-1984, in addition to records relating to her work as a civic leader and member of several regional committees.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; 2) Washoe County Regional Planning Commission; 3) Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission; 4) Governor's Commission on the Future of Nevada; 5) Nevada Gaming Policy Committee; 6) Greater Nevada Health Systems Agency; 7) Centro de Informacion Latino Americano; 8) Washoe County Board of Commissioners

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jean Stoess on January 6, 1983.


Guide to the Jean Stoess Papers
Katie Rierson and Ian McGlory
October 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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