Kathryn Wishart Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 95-94
The collection consists primarily of materials directly relating to Kathryn Wishart's work as a public servant between 1981 and 1993. Rather than a comprehensive account of her commission and council work, the collection highlights specific achievements and controversies. Although she served as either a commissioner or board member for a dozen organizations, records exist only for her work on only three city commissions. Planning Commission materials consist of project voting records, and meeting notes, correspondence, and reports relating to the commission's work on growth management, land use, and signage. The Reno Housing Authority materials consist of correspondence, memos, news clippings, and reports. The Regional Transportation Commission documents consist of newsletters, annual reports, and correspondence with legislators and transportation customers.

The largest group of materials relates to Kathryn's service as a city council member between 1985 and 1993. Campaign materials consist of flyers, mailers, and ads explaining Kathryn's accomplishments and goals, detailed records of donations and expenditures, and correspondence rejecting corporate contributions. Correspondence files, arranged chronologically, contain letters to and from constituents, city and county agencies, and legislators on topics ranging from the need for a street sign to comprehensive wetlands legislation. Citizen surveys, newspaper clippings, resolutions, and general council business records are represented as well.

One section of materials focuses on specific projects or controversies experienced while Kathryn was a council member. Notable among these materials are those relating to the Plumas Street Widening Project, which raised considerable public uproar, including a threatened recall of four council members. Other projects include the Robb Drive I-80 interchange, a child care conference, and the wetlands and streams environmental policy. Newspaper clippings relating to specific projects are generally located with the project folder.

Kathryn Wishart's papers, especially her retirement mementos, calendars, and certificates of appreciation, attest to her busy, productive life as one of Reno's most diligent and caring public servants.

Dates

  • 1981-1993

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

2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Abstract

One section of materials focuses on specific projects or controversies experienced while Kathryn was a council member. Notable among these materials are those relating to the Plumas Street Widening Project, which raised considerable public uproar, including a threatened recall of four council members. Other projects include the Robb Drive I-80 interchange, a child care conference, and the wetlands and streams environmental policy. Newspaper clippings relating to specific projects are generally located with the project folder.

Kathryn Wishart's papers, especially her retirement mementos, calendars, and certificates of appreciation, attest to her busy, productive life as one of Reno's most diligent and caring public servants (1981-1993).

Biographical Note

Kathryn Wishart has been a resident of Reno since 1965 and involved in public service since 1981. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in Guidance and Counseling from Florida State University. Between 1965 and 1978, Kathryn was a homemaker; in 1978 she began to practice real estate and became interested in the larger issues of city planning and land use.

In 1981, Kathryn was appointed by the mayor to the Reno City Planning Commission, an organization whose purpose is to determine appropriate uses for public and private lands within the city of Reno. Generally, this involves assessing new construction projects, expansions of existing structures, and zoning changes. As a planning commissioner, Kathryn was noted for her ability to ask direct, common-sense questions on land use issues, particularly regarding water availability, traffic effects, and city services demands. During her tenure on the Commission, Kathryn and other commissioners were embroiled in growth management issues, including philosophical self-assessments and growth alternative models.

In 1985, Kathryn successfully ran for the first of two terms on the Reno City Council. Her platform goals included developing affordable housing, encouraging employer-assisted child care programs, increasing senior and minority citizen representation on city advisory boards, and planning for regional growth. Kathryn insisted on reporting campaign contributions, and refused to accept contributions from special financial interest groups and corporations. One of the first ordinances Kathryn sponsored, in fact, was a campaign contributions reporting ordinance that was stronger than the state ordinance.

In her eight years as a council member, Kathryn was responsible for initiating "latch-key" programs for children; expanding the animal control facility; establishing citizen advisory committees in youth services, the arts, historic preservation, and the environment; and allocating room tax monies for affordable housing, child care, and parks maintenance. Kathryn also spearheaded the development of the only municipal wetlands conservation policy in Nevada.

In addition to her activities as a council member, Kathryn served on several boards and commissions. From 1985-1993, she served on the Regional Transportation Commission, and was instrumental in improving bus ridership and creating freeway interchanges. From 1987-1993 she served on the Reno Housing Authority board, which assists low-income and senior residents with affordable housing. She also serves as a board member for Project Restart, Habitat for Humanity, and Crisis Call Center.

Arrangement

The collection generally retains the original order created by the donor. Arranged in three series:

1. Commissions and boards

2. Reno City Council

3. Calendars

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kathryn Wishart in 1995

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1997-09

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Papers of Kathryn Wishart
Status
completed
Author
staff
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

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