Latimer Art Club Records

Identifier: 2008-05

Scope and Contents

The Latimer Art Club Records contain materials and documents created and collected by the club since its organization in 1921. The bulk of the collection is comprised of minutes and yearly records that contain membership lists, minutes, newsletters, financial information, as well as other miscellaneous documents. Years are tied into bundles and typically filed by decade.

Other information included in the collection are documents on Latimer paintings, biographical information on Lorenzo Latimer, and histories of the Latimer Art Club and the Nevada Art Gallery. Bylaws and articles of incorporation for both the Club and Gallery are found in their respective folders. One scrapbook containing photographs and other supporting documents such as club history and membership lists is included.


  • 1921-2019


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.

Historical Note

Founded in 1921, the Latimer Art Club came to be through the efforts of a collection of students taught watercolor by Lorenzo Latimer. The immensely popular class was taught consecutively from 1916-1935 and again in 1937. With the assistance of Lorenzo Latimer, the group drafted a constitution and by-laws and accepted them on December 6, 1921, thus founding the first art club in the state of Nevada dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts and its dissemination. As of 2017, the Club is still active in the Reno, Nevada area and hosts member exhibits at various local museums and gallery spaces as well as juried and judged exhibitions.

Lorenzo Palmer Latimer, namesake of the club, was a well-known California artist. Born in Gold Hill, California on October 22, 1857, Latimer spent his youth in Santa Rosa and San Francisco, California. From 1873-1877, Latimer attended the McClures Military Academy in Oakland, California, one of the first military schools on the west coast. After graduation, he began studies at the California School of Design Study, graduating in 1882. Over the years, Latimer received a number of awards and medals for his paintings, including two gold medals at the 1894 Midwinter Fair Exposition in San Francisco and a silver medal for an oil painting at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington. Latimer also was a member of many professional organizations. Latimer died on January 14, 1941 in Berkeley, California.


2.667 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Founded in 1921 by watercolor students of Lorenzo Latimer, the Latimer Art Club was the first art club in the state of Nevada. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of fine arts in Nevada. The ollection consists of club history materials, information on Lorenzo Latimer, and minutes and yearly records from 1921-2006.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by past president Aleta L. Hursh on behalf of the Latimer Art Club in May 2008. An additional donation received in 2017 from Vicki Toy-Smith.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the Special Collections Department:

Latimer Art Club Records, NC1236


Guide to the Latimer Art Club Records
Jessica Maddox
August 2017
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Repository Details

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

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