Fred H. Settelmeyer Papers

Identifier: NC459
The content of the collection pertains almost exclusively to the California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission, 1955-1971, and the Pyramid Lake Task Force, 1969-1971. Mr. Settelmeyer served on both and kept a fairly complete set of minutes of meetings. Subject files and printed material reflect the interests and activities of these two groups. The collection contains no representative material of Mr. Settelmeyer's political career in the Nevada State Senate and no personal papers.


  • 1955-1971



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.


3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)


Collection contains material concerning the California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission and the Pyramid Lake Task Force.

Biographical Note

Fred H. Settelmeyer was born in Carson Valley, Nevada in 1892. He attended local schools and also Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He returned to Nevada in 1915 and engaged in ranching on the Settelmeyer family ranch in Douglas County.

A leader in community and political affairs, Fred Settelmeyer was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 1946 and served until 1961. When the California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission was established in 1956, Governor Charles Russell recognized Mr. Settelmeyer's expertise in water matters and appointed him to the Nevada Commission representing the Carson River stream system. He served on the Nevada Commission and the Joint Commission until 1959 when he became advisor to the Nevada Commission. In 1969 his abilities were again recognized by Governor Paul Laxalt and he was appointed to represent upper Carson River interests on the Pyramid Lake Task Force. Throughout his political and public service, Fred Settelmeyer remained a conservative thinker and a staunch defender of Carson River interests. He completed an oral history for the University of Nevada in 1971 which may be consulted for further biographical information.


The Fred H. Settelmeyer Papers are divided into the following series:

Series 1: California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission Meeting Minutes

Series 2: California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission Subject Files

Series 3: Correspondence. California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission

Series 4: Pyramid Lake Task Force

Series 5: Printed Material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Fred H. Settelmeyer in 1973.


A Guide to the Fred H. Settelmeyer Papers
Lenore M. Kosso
May 1982
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Repository Details

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

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