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Myra Sauer Ratay Papers

Identifier: 97-01
The materials in this collection are the research notes for Ratay's book, Pioneers of the Ponderosa: How Washoe Valley Rescued the Comstock. Ratay's grandparents settled in Washoe Valley in 1859 and her father Will often told her stories of those pioneer times. Her book captures those stories. Included are research notes and photographs used in the book.


  • 1973



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 (2 boxes)


Research notes and photographs for Ratay's book, Pioneers of the ponderosa, how Washoe Valley rescued the Comstock.

Biographical Note

Myra Sauer Ratay is a native of Nevada who grew up in Washoe Valley on the ranch of her parents, will and Alice Sauer. She graduated from Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. She was a school social worker in the Denver, Colorado area for twenty years and is now retired. She currently lives in Littleton, Colorado. Mrs. Ratay is the author of two books on the history of Washoe Valley: Pioneers of the Ponderosa: How Washoe Valley Rescued the Comstock (1973) and Boom Times in Old Washoe City, Nevada (1984).


The Myra Sauer Ratay Papers are arranged alphabetically by topic, following the author's original arrangement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Myral Ratay in 1997.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1997-40

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.


A Guide to the Papers of Myra Sauer Ratay
Susan Searcy and Jacque Sundstrand
March 1997
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Repository Details

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

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