Ty Cobb Papers

Identifier: 97-30

Scope and Contents

The Ty Cobb Papers are arranged into five series: personal and professional materials, photographs, writings by Cobb and writings by other authors. Each in turn was further subdivided into subseries.

Series 1, Personal Materials, contains items related to Cobb's education in public junior and senior high schools and at the University of Nevada. There are biographical sketches and an interview of Ty by his son Tyrus W. Cobb, and scrapbooks and clippings about Ty's father, William.

Ty and his father owned mining interests in Virginia City. Series 1 contains documentation about those mines, including legal papers, real estate materials, and reports of operations. The mines named include the Silver Star Mine, Comstock and Brunswick Lode, Baltimore-Maryland Mine, and the Sierra Nevada Gold and Silver Mining Company.

A few artifacts were donated with the manuscript collection and they include trophies and plaques awarded in recognition of his service to the community and profession, and for various golf tournaments. In addition, there is a home movie camera and the manual Corona typewriter Cobb used throughout most of his journalism career.

Series 2 includes professional honors and awards, correspondence, speeches, membership and press cards, and miscellaneous materials. The correspondence is of widely scattered dates and mainly relates to specific events or columns. The awards and honors subseries includes clippings, programs, and invitations to several events at which Cobb was honored for his contributions to Nevada athletics. Also included are his Distinguished Nevadan and Silver Quill Awards.

The collection included several dozen photographs, almost all of which were related to professional activities such as the awards dinners. These photographs have been transferred to the photographic archives of the Special Collections Department.

Series 4 represents Cobb's career in journalism from its earliest days to the last of his thousands of columns. The earliest piece of Cobb's work is the 1928 Junior Times Newsletter, the official paper of Troop 1, boy Scouts of Reno. Other early items are Cobb's article about Dan De Quille for a 1936 edition of The Rainbow, published at the Nevada State Prison; and a satirical edition of the University of Nevada's Sagebrush, entitled Sagelush (1936). A sampling of Cobb's sports articles, including many on the Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Games, 1960, are included in this series.

The bulk of the series consists of copies of Cobb's column for the Nevada State Journal. The "Cobbwebs" column began in 1965 and continued until 1997, when the last one was published posthumously. This collection contains many of those columns, although it lacks any columns for the first two years. "Cobbwebs" was initially published three times a week and gradually reduced to once a week. Cobb based "Cobbwebs" on his extensive memories of Virginia City and Reno. They often featured sports or sports figures as well.

Finally, this series includes first and last drafts of The Best of Cobbwebs which was based on the best columns. The first draft serves to illustrate the difficult task of editing the book down to manageable length.

The final series, Series 5, consists of writings of other authors and includes articles about Ty Cobb (the journalist) and on other miscellaneous topics related to Reno or sports subjects.


  • 1881-1997


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.

Biographical Note

Tyrus R. Cobb was born in Virginia City, Nevada, on September 21, 1915, the only child of William Cobb and Eva Harris Cobb. Will Cobb was a fan of baseball at the time when legend, Ty Cobb was at the height of his career and Virginia City townsfolk assumed Will would name his son after "the Georgia Peach," and so he was named. The two were not related although there was often confusion between the two Tys, especially after the baseball star moved to Lake Tahoe.

William Cobb was a miner, semi-professional baseball player, and stage driver between Reno, Virginia City, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe. He served as a Nevada Assemblyman and State Senator from 1931-1942. He was also sheriff of Storey County and a county commissioner. Born in 1885, he died in 1973.

Ty Cobb of Nevada graduated from Reno High School and then the University of Nevada in 1937. He went to work for the Nevada State Journal where he was a sports writer and later sports editor. In addition to articles, he wrote a sports column for twenty years, called "Inside Stuff." In 1960 he was promoted to assistant managing editor and then managing editor. He served as associate editor from 1972 until 1975, the year in which he retired. Although officially retired Cobb continued to write what was first a tri-weekly, then a weekly column, called "Cobbwebs," for the Nevada State Journal and its successor, the Reno Gazette-Journal. His last column was published after his death, which occurred on May 27, 1997. In all, he wrote more than 2,000 "Cobwebs." Selected columns were compiled into a book, The Best of Cobwebs published in 1997 by the University of Nevada Press.

Cobb married Olga Glusovich of Tonopah in 1939. They had three children: Tyrus W. Cobb, Patricia Cobb Baker, and William Cobb. Olga died in 1994.

Cobb loved sports and was an avid golfer, participating in many local tournaments. Cobb also loved Nevada and Nevada history and wrote often on those topics. He was honored in 1971 and 1974 for his contribution to Nevada athletics and among many other honors, was declared a Distinguished Nevadan by the University of Nevada Board of Regents in 1985.


6 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



Ty Cobb papers consist of personal papers relating to him and his family, as well as his professional role as writer and editor at the Nevada State Journal, and its successor, the Reno Gazette-Journal. Cobb had a sports column “Inside Stuff” and later a column “Cobwebs” which he continued past retirement until his death in 1997. Material between 1881-1997.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Personal Materials; 2) Professional Materials; 3) Photographs; 4) Writings by Cobb; 5) Writings by Other Authors

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Tyrus W. Cobb in 1997.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the photographic archives of the Special Collections Department as collection number UNRS-P1998-15.


Guide to the Ty Cobb Papers
Susan Searcy
February 18, 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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