Women for Winnemucca Records

Identifier: 96-03

Scope and Contents

The Women for Winnemucca Records consists of materials created and collected by the group. The administrative series consists of minutes of meetings, newsletters, correspondence, bylaws, and membership rosters. The minutes provide excellent detail of the structure of the organization and how it carried out its civic projects. In many ways, it is illustrative of how modern civic groups organize and thrive with enthusiasm for their charge and later decline due to the pressure of modern life on the activities of its members. These records demonstrate the enormous achievements a small group can attain with the support of its community.

The financial records consist of treasurers' reports, ledger sheets and books, bank statements and cancelled checks, and forms and correspondence from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service over the nonĀ­profit status (501(c)(3)) of Women for Winnemucca. The completeness of this subgroup thoroughly documents the income and expenses of WFW.

Series 3 comprehensively documents the heart of WFW's purpose: the projects for which and by which WFW raised money for its civic gifts. The series includes files for Christmas decorations, auctions, and rodeo parades. The files show how projects were organized and carried out. One file provides a history of the rodeo parade and names of grand marshals; others list names of parade participants and their order of march. Similarly, the auction files list names of donors, items to be auctioned, and names of purchasers.

Series 4 is an anomaly and consists of the bylaws of the Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum, Winnemucca (BHF). It was probably acquired as an example of organizational bylaws at the time bylaws were drafted for WFW. It has been included in the collection because of a lack of any other records documenting BHF.


  • 1985-1995


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.

Administrative History

Women for Winnemucca (WFW) was organized in 1985 by a group of women interested in community beautification, assisting with local events, and raising funds for items beyond the means of local government bodies.

WFW used several different types of events to raise money for their projects. Celebrity auctions were organized in the late 1980s and raised thousands of dollars for carriage lights for the streets of the City of Winnemucca - $5,800 was donated in 1989.

WFW carried out a Christmas decoration project for the downtown area, with members cutting and painting plywood decorations and purchasing lights, bows and artificial garlands. WFW hosted the annual visit by Santa Claus with the town's children in the Nixon Opera House.

From 1988-1993 WFW organized the annual Labor Day rodeo parade in Winnemucca, with the assistance of the Elks Lodge for four of those years.

WFW donated $2,500 in 1990 to Lowry High School in Winnemucca for new uniforms for the marching band. They also donated to the Winnemucca Ministerial Association for Thanksgiving-Christmas food baskets and Soroptimist International for its playground project.

Members worked on the West Winnemucca Boulevard sod project in 1987 and started the River view Park project, completed in 1990, which turned a tract of silt from Humboldt River flooding into an area with grass, shrubbery and a sign designating the site as a park.

After ten years of service to the community, Women for Winnemucca dissolved in 1995 because of declining numbers of members. The organization donated its remaining treasury of about $1,500 to the North Central Nevada Historical Society for expansion of the Humboldt museum complex.

History of WFW compiled by Toddy Folgate, last secretary of WFW.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Women for Winnemucca (WFW) was organized in 1985 by a group of women interested in community beautification, assisting with local events, and raising funds for items beyond the means of local government bodies. The collectoin includes minutes, newsletters, correspondence, bylaws, membership rosters, treasurer's records, and project files of Women for Winnemucca, as well as the bylaws of the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in Winnemucca. Projects include carriage street lights for Winnemucca, Nevada, Christmas decorations for the town, the annual Labor Day rodeo parade, new uniforms for the high school marching band, holiday food baskets, a community playground, and landscaping for a new park (1985-1995).


Arranged into the following series: 1) Administrative Records; 2) Financial Records; 3) Project Files; 4) Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum, Winnemucca

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Toddy Folgate, last secretary of WFW, in 1996.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the Special Collections photo archives as collection number UNRS-P1996-12.

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.


Guide to the Women for Winnemucca Records
Susan Searcy
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

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