Cyril Hugh Knox Papers

Identifier: NC467

Scope and Contents

The Cyril Hugh Knox Papers include some personal materials, but the major part of the collection consists of business records of Knox, his family, and associates. There are also 74 photos of the Knox family; school teams and graduations; and Nevada and California scenes.

Most of the financial records are in the form of bound volumes of account ledgers and include the following businesses: Lake House, 1882-1883; Nevada Cash Dry Goods-Carpet Store, 1889-1891; and Knox, Ward and Bliss Collecting Agency, 1888.

The correspondence in Series 2 is divided into two small subseries: business and personal. The former includes a letter to Knox and Ward Collecting Agency from George Hammersmith, 1894, and a letter to Cyril Knox from Thomas W. West of the Pioneer Title Insurance Company regarding an award of merit to Knox, 1959. The personal correspondence consists of two letters: to "Hugh" [Cyril Hugh Knox] from "Will", 1896, and to "Papa" from "Nettie", 1897.

The miscellaneous business papers of Series 3 include Cyril's business and public office campaign cards; price and product lists from Cudahy Packing Company [circa 1890s]; a title insurance rate schedule, not dated; a receipt for payment from P. McMartin, 1844; and a court reporter's notebook from the trial of the State vs. Manpin [1894] which is written in shorthand.

The Series 3 miscellaneous documents contains a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (jokes and cartoons), 1899; a Thanksgiving Day greeting, 1898; Cyril's eighth grade report card, 1899; a wedding announcement for James Morris and Mary Knox, 1888; a blank official score card and photo of the Reno Wheelmen's Racing Team, 1905; a penmanship practice sheet; and loose newspaper articles about the Knox family.


  • 1844-1959


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 Note

Cyril Hugh Knox was born in Reno on May 7, 1886 to H. L. W. and Teressa (Manus) Knox. His father was a well-known contractor and businessman. His brother, Charles L. Knox, was a prominent local attorney and for three years the private secretary to U. S. Representative Francis J. Newlands. Cyril attended Reno public schools, the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of California Dental College. He married Clara M. Peterson of Reno on December 24, 1912.

Cyril Knox enjoyed a long career and active public life. He was in the title insurance field, serving successively as manager, vice president, and director of Washoe County Title Guaranty Company. He also worked in the Washoe County Recorder's Office (circa 1912); was deputy city clerk; a candidate for county Treasurer, 1916; City Councilman, 1928-1947; chair of the Federal Housing Administration, 1941-1947; associate member of the California Land Title and the American Title Associations; vice president and director of the Union Federal Savings and Loan Association; a member of the Reno Chamber of Commerce; and member of a number of cultural, civic, and fraternal organizations.

Cyril Knox died in Reno, Nevada in 1962.


2.2 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 shared box)

Language of Materials



Cyril Hugh "Mike" Knox (1886-1962) worked in title insurance and was manager, vice president, and director of Washoe County Title Guaranty Company. He also worked in the Washoe County Recorder's office; was deputy City Clerk and a City Councilman; served as chair of the Federal Housing Administration; and was active in professional, social, and cultural organizations. The collection includes primarily business records of Knox, his family, and associates. Also includes some personal materials.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Financial Records; 2) Correspondence; 3) Miscellaneous Documents; 4) Photos

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from an unknown source circa 1975.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the Special Collections photo archives as collection number UNRS-P1993-39.


Guide to the Cyril Hugh Knox Papers
Susan E. Searcy
April 1987
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Repository Details

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

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