Richard Sill papers on Great Basin National Park

 Collection
Identifier: 89-32

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports and clippings created by Sill, Nevada's U.S. Senator Walter Baring, and scientist Richard Noyes, related to the unsuccessful effort in the 1950s and 1960s to create the Great Basin National Park.

Dates

  • 1954-1984

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.

Biographical Note

Richard Clements Sill, a specialist in astronomy and environmental matters, joined the University of Nevada-Reno faculty in 1959 and became a full professor of physics in 1973. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and received his MS and Ph.D degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Nebraska. Prior to coming to Reno he had taught at the University of Nebraska and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; and worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Lick Observatory in California, and the Stanford Research Institute. His interests in the outdoors and environmental conservation began early, and were shared by his wife, Marjorie Sill, who was also a lifelong environmental activist. They both joined the Sierra Club after college. Richard Sill served on the national board of directors for the Sierra Club from 1967-1971, was on the executive committee of Sierra Club for two terms, and was an early member of the Toiyabe Chapter of Sierra Club (Nevada). His service in the Club at a national level coincided with a period of significant turmoil and factionalism within Club leadership - turmoil in which he was directly involved. Sill was active in the effort to create a national park in the Snake Range of eastern Nevada and served as chair of the UNR Environmental Studies Board and the Pyramid Lake Task Force for the Sierra Club. Richard C. Sill died at age 58 in March 1981 when the small airplane he owned and piloted crashed near the airport in Stead, Nevada.

Extent

1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence, reports and clippings created by Sill, Nevada's U.S. Senator Walter Baring, or scientist Richard Noyes, related to the unsuccessful effort in the 1950s and 1960s to create the Great Basin National Park (later created in 1986).

Arrangement

Unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers donated by Marjorie Sill on May 30, 1989.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1989-38
Title
An Inventory to the Papers of Richard Sill on Great Basin National Park
Status
Completed
Author
staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

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