William T. and Ann H. Scott Papers

Identifier: 97-27

Scope and Contents

This is the third major accession of papers of Ann and William Scott. All three collections are closely related but space considerations dictated that they be arranged and cataloged as separate units. The materials date from 1917-1995.

The bulk of this collection consists of Ann Scott's working papers: research notes, manuscripts of several children's books, correspondence with her publishers, and materials of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, to which Ann belonged. Other materials in the collection include some of Ann's personal correspondence; college records and personal correspondent from William Scott while an undergraduate; and World War I correspondence from Ann's father, Henry L. Herbert to his mother and sister.

For a full biographical statement of the Scotts and scope and content note, see the manuscript collection guides for 95-92, 99-26, and 97-15.


  • 1917-1995



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

William Taussig Scott (1916-1999) and his wife, Ann Herbert Scott (1926-) lived in Reno, Nevada, between 1961-1995. William taught physics and philosophy of science at the University of Nevada, Reno, from 1961-1981 and conducted research in cloud physics at the Desert Research Institute from 1965-1975. The Scotts were active members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and committed to nonviolent social change, particularly in the areas of nuclear disarmament, prison reform, and civil liberties.


2.3 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the personal papers and professional records of Ann and William Scott and their extended family. It includes documentation of Ann Scott's career as a children's author, such as manuscripts, correspondence, and academic and employment records and personal papers from her husband William T. Scott.


Arranged in three groups: 1. Ann Herbert Scott papers. 2. William Taussig Scott personal papers. 3. Scott and Herbert family papers. Group 1 contains subgroups related to professional activities. Group 2 includes only personal correspondence and school records. Group 3 contains a subgroup related to Ann Scott's father, Henry L. Herbert.

Arrangement of this accession, including numbering of groups, subgroups, and series, follows that of the two earlier Scott collections: 95-92 and 97-15. Therefore, there are major gaps in the numbering scheme, since few of the original groups and series are present in this collection. These appear as "No materials."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This accession was donated by Ann Scott in October 1997.

Related Archival Materials

William T. and Ann H. Scott papers, 95-92. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

William T. and Ann H. Scott papers, 97-15. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

William T. Scott Papers, 99-26. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

William T. Scott records, AC 0408. University Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.

A part of

Nevada women's archives.

Guide to the William T. and Ann H. Scott Papers
Susan Searcy
October 16, 1997
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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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