Lahontan Audubon Society Records

Identifier: 84-05

Scope and Contents

The Lahontan Audubon Society Records contains materials maintained by the society in regards to: administration, outreach and publicity, The Whittell Audubon Center, and other similar projects. Materials include reports, correspondence, photographs, lobbying, and organizational matters.


  • 1963-1987


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

The Lahontan Audubon Society is a non-profit organization founded by John Davis and Marge Sill in December 1963. From the period 1963 to 1984, the chapter held a variety of events, such as film series, field trips, and the Christmas bird count, where they would count the type of species in the area. They participated in the state fair and national Audubon Society conventions and lobbied state and national legislators for environmental law. During this time, they made plans to manage and expand the Whittell Nature Center, a large area of land donated by George Whittell, with the intent of nature conservation. They planned to build new paths and several buildings on the reserve.

Today, the Society still focuses on the reservation and preservation of avian habitats through education programs, lobbying, and community outreach. The Lahontan Chapter of the Audubon Society centers on birds specifically located in northern Nevada and California. They continue to hold the annual Christmas Bird count and field trips. The Whittell Nature Reserve is now owned by the University of Nevada, Reno and used as a living laboratory. In addition, the society hosts birding trips for the public, site clean-ups, and classes where individuals can learn how to identify and draw a variety of birds.


4.729 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 2 shared boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The Lahontan Audubon Society Records contains reports of chapter financials, and other records of the Lahontan Audubon Society. These records focus on financial and organizational records of the chapter, the annual Christmas Bird Count, the society's role in the Whittell Audubon Center, and various publishing and outreach programs organized by the Lahontan Audubon Society.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Administrative Records; 2) Outreach and Publicity; 3) Whittell Audubon Center and Subjects

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Lahontan Audubon Society Inc. in April 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Allison Frost in 2022. During the course of processing, several standard preservation actions were taken. This includes the rehousing of materials into appropriate archival containers and sleeving of photographic materials, as well as the removal of rusted fasteners and interleaving of newspaper clippings with acid free paper when appropriate.

Guide to the Lahontan Audubon Society Records
Allison Frost
May 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)