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Jay Arnold Carpenter Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NC800
A majority of this collection, Series 1, concerns Carpenter’s activities with different mines, mining, and milling companies. He kept records of many of the mines with which he had dealings. Of particular interest are three folders on the “Comstock District”. Included are a variety of prominent Comstock mines: Savage Mining Company, Union Shaft Company, the United Comstock Pumping Association, the Mexican Gold and Silver Mining Company, the Union Consolidated Mining Company, Gray Rock Mining Company, the Belcher Silver Mining Company, and the Crown Point Gold and Silver Mining Company. Also included in these folders is background information and historical information on the Comstock District.

Series 2 contains notebooks used by Carpenter. They cover a variety of topics from notes on his work in the field to chemical formulas used in mining. Many of his notebooks are numbered and have been arranged by those numbers. The notebooks are all handwritten in either pen or pencil.

Carpenter dedicated much of his life to the University of Nevada, Reno and this is reflected in this collection. He kept many newspaper clippings on the University of Nevada, Reno athletics, regents, past engineers, and on the Mackay School of Mines. Series 7 contains these newspaper clippings on the University as well as on other subjects that Carpenter found important including mining, railroads, and Nevada and Reno history.

Dates

  • 1876-1964

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Extent

8.5 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)

Abstract

Research material on Nevada mines (metals of all types) and mining companies, including the Comstock Lode; engineering field notebooks, correspondence, maps, class notes and papers, clippings, and photographs.

Biographical Note

Jay Arnold Carpenter was born May 12, 1883 in Beloit, Iowa. After beginning his university education in both Wisconsin and California, he eventually received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1907 and received one of the first Masters of Engineering in 1911 for mining. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he received a professorship at the South Dakota School of Mines from 1921 to 1922. He returned to the University of Nevada, Reno in 1926 and served as professor and chairman of the Mackay School of Mines, a position he filled until his retirement in 1951. He and colleague Sam Arentz worked together to establish the Mackay School of Mines as a separate entity from the College of Engineering near the end of his career as Director of the department. Beginning in 1951, Carpenter was awarded a professor emeritus position at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Carpenter took part in many societies and groups outside and inside of the university system. He was a member and chairman on the Nevada Section of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, member of the Society for Promotion of Engineering Education, served on the Committee on Scholarships and Prizes, was president of Phi Kappa Phi as well as a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Faculty Science Club, the Reno Lodge of Elks, and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

During his time at the University of Nevada, Reno, Carpenter also served as director of the Nevada State Bureau of Mines from 1939 to 1951, a consultant for the Metal Research Company from 1942 to 1944, and was a member of the State Planning Board from 1940 to 1851. As part of his duties as director of the Bureau of Mines and as a consultant, Carpenter accumulated a great deal of information and wrote many reports for mines, mining companies, and milling companies throughout the western United States. In 1937, he also aided in the representation of Nevada on Boulder Dam legislation.

Carpenter died June 6, 1965 in Reno.

Arrangement

The Jay Arnold Carpenter Papers is organized into the following eight series:

Series 1: Mines and Mining Companies

Series 2: Notebooks

Series 3: Correspondence

Series 4: Carpenter's Writings

Series 5: Writings by Others

Series 6: Personal

Series 7: Newspaper Clippings

Series 8: Photographs and Reel-to-Reel Tapes (Photos transferred to Photo Archives as UNRS-P1988-55)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Clayton Carpenter and Elizabeth Riker in 1975.

Separated Materials

All photographs have been transferred to Special Collections photo archives as collection number UNRS-P1988-55.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Collection of Jay Arnold Carpenter
Status
completed
Author
Kenneth Carpenter
Date
1975
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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