Carley Sullivan Papers

Identifier: 95-93

Scope and Contents

The Carley Sullivan Papers includes textual materials related to or created during Sullivan's service as a member and president of the Nevada State Board of Education, a scrapbook commemorating her year as president (1992), materials related to her membership in the organization Business and Professional Women (BPW); and materials on the 1980 Women's Conference (Elko, Nevada).

Materials related to the Board of Education include subject; correspondence; a policy manual; budget materials; reports on Nevada's gifted and talented programs, early childhood education, and Nevada Scholars program; and Nevada Vocational Association.

BPW materials include speeches, certificates, photographs, and audio tapes from conference presentations.


  • 1980-1992



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

Carley Sullivan graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Political Science and Journalism. In 1952, she married her husband, Willard, who passed away in 1987. They had four children: Blaine Sullivan Rose, Valerie Sullivan Mitchell, Peggy Sullivan Hagen, and Daniel Edward Sullivan. In 1955, they moved to to Elko, Nevada, where she worked for the Elko Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Youth as a management assistant.

Sullivan's interest in education led her to serve at both the local and state levels. She was very active in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in Elko and the state of Nevada, serving as an officer in many capacities. In 1980, she was elected to the Nevada State Board of Education and served as a member, vice-president, and president of the School Board, retiring from the Board in 1994. She was appointed by Nevada Governors Sawyer, Laxalt, O'Callaghan, and Bryan to many advisory boards and commissions, including Drug Abuse, Education, Health, Safety, and Juvenile Concerns. She attended many conferences on education, including the White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Outside of education, Sullivan served as a member of the Business and Professional Women organization and held a state-wide office. She also served as an officer and member of the American Lung Association of Nevada, and the Democratic Party of Nevada. She received many awards, including the proclamation of "Carley Sullivan Day" by Governor Richard Bryan.


3.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Includes materials related to the Nevada State Board of Education: subject files; correspondence; policy manual; budget material; reports on gifted and talented programs for schools, early childhood education, Nevada scholars program, and the Nevada Vocational Association; and a scrapbook commemorating Carley L. Sullivan's term as president of the State Board of Education.,Other materials include National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club speeches, certificates, and photographs; and audio tapes from conference presentations at the 1980 Women's Conference in Elko, Nevada. Material between 1980-1992.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Carley Sullivan Papers were donated by Carley Sullivan in 1995.

Related Materials

97-14: Carley Sullivan Papers

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.


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Repository Details

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

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