Maude Sawin Taylor Papers

Identifier: NC1196

Scope and Contents

The Maude Sawin Taylor Papers have been arranged into three series. The first series contains personal papers and items of Maude Sawin Taylor. Series 2: Civic Organizations' Records, contains materials from local clubs and organizations with which Taylor had some affiliation. It is arranged in alphabetical order by organization name and the contents within the folders are in as close to chronological order as possible. A number of local projects of interest are included, such as the Bowers Mansion Refurbishing Committee, and the initial work done for the Nevada Art Gallery, now known as the Nevada Museum of Art. Files on the work of the Twentieth Century Club are also of note. Finally, Series 3 includes her research notes and manuscripts.

Three notebooks containing clippings, notes (both personal and about organizations), and drafts are included at the end of Series 2. These notebooks are bound in binders and have many loose papers in between the sheets which are in the binders. The personal and organizational papers are intermixed and have therefore been placed at the end of Series 2. They are not in date order as the dates in the binders jump around.


  • 1866-1974


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

The daughter of Reverend A. G. and Amanda Erdly Sawin, Maude Sawin Taylor was born in Clifton, Kansas, February 28, 1889. She was educated in the public schools of Olympia, Washington, and earned an A. B. and a M. A. at the University of Nevada, Reno. While earning her degrees, she was a member of Alpha Delta Theta and Phi Mu.

Maude Sawin married Chester C. Taylor on September 4, 1915 and had one son, Richard Carlton Taylor. She taught in many Nevada schools including those at Wellington, Silver City, Reno, Carson City and at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was the assistant curator of the Nevada State Historical Society from 1939-1947, Director of Christian Education of the First Baptist Church in Reno in 1947, the secretary of the Board Commissioners of the State Mental Hospital, president of the Board of Directors for the Reno YWCA, and took part in many other Nevada organizations. Taylor was a civic leader who did not shy from taking leading roles. She contributed articles on Nevada history to the local newspapers and magazines and published a book, From My Nevada Notebook, on Nevada history.

Maude Sawin Taylor died in Reno, Nevada, in 1974.


4 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Maude Sawin Taylor (1889-1974) was a teacher, organizer, civic leader, and author. The collection includes correspondence to and from Taylor, her husband Chester C. Taylor, Ruth Torkelson, and James Edward Church; newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and notes; and correspondence, financial records and newsletters of some twenty civic organizations and the First Baptist Church of Reno, Nevada.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Personal; 2) Civic Organizations' Records; 3) Research Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers donated by unknown source, circa 1980.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the Special Collections photo archives as collection number UNRS-P1988-63.

Guide to the Maude Sawin Taylor Papers
Carrie Townley
July 1979
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Repository Details

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

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