Alan Bible Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NC01

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material covering the period of Bible's career in the U.S. Senate, 1954-1974. A large part concerns legislation introduced or sponsored by Alan Bible; also legislation affecting Nevadans. Correspondence from Nevadans requesting help or information on legislative topics is another major part of the collection.

Dates

  • 1953-1974

Creator

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

Alan Harvey Bible was born in Lovelock, Pershing County, Nevada on November 20, 1909. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1930 and from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 1934. He was admitted to the Nevada bar in 1935 and commenced the practice of law in Reno.

From 1935-1938, he served as the District Attorney of Storey County and was appointed Deputy Attorney General of Nevada in 1938. In 1942, Bible was appointed State Attorney, and served in that position until 1950. Upon resignation from that position, he resumed private practice of law, which would continue throughout the rest of his career. In 1954, Bible was appointed to serve in the United States Senate, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Patrick A. McCarran. He served the remainder of McCarrans's term and was elected in 1956, 1962, and again in 1968. In total, Bible served from December 2, 1954, until his resignation December 17, 1974, but did not seek reelection in 1974.

After his time in the U. S. Senate, Bible served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Eighty-fifth through Ninetieth Congresses), the Joint Committee on Washington Metropolitan Problems (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), the elect Committee on Small Business (Ninety-first through Ninety-third Congresses).

Bible died in Auburn, California on September 12, 1988, and is interred in the Masonic Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Reno.

Extent

320 Linear Feet (384 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Alan Bible, a Nevada politician and attorney, served as the District Attorney of Storey County from 1935-1938 until he was appointed Deputy Attorney General of Nevada in 1938. In 1942, Bible was appointed State Attorney, and served in that position until 1950. Upon resignation from that position, he resumed private practice of law, which would continue throughout the rest of his career. In 1954, Bible was appointed to serve in the United States Senate, filling the vacancy left upon the death of Senator Patrick A. McCarran. He served the remainder of McCarrans's term and was elected in 1956, 1962, and again in 1968. In total, Bible served from December 2, 1954, until his resignation December 17, 1974, but did not seek reelection in 1974. The collection contains material covering the period of Bible's career in the U.S. Senate. A large part concerns legislation introduced or sponsored by Alan Bible; also legislation affecting Nevadans. Correspondence from Nevadans requesting help or information on legislative topics is another major part of the collection.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series: 1) Independent Agencies; 2) Commissions; 3) Committees; 4) Constituent Problems; 5) Departments; 6) Federal Concerns; 7) Legislation; 8) Miscellaneous; 9) Nevada State Concerns; 10) Photographs; 11) Personal/Political; 12) Speeches; 13) Scrapbooks; 14) Tapes and Film

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Alan Bible in 1974.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Alan Bible Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Chris Jay and Terry Reynolds
Date
August 1975
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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