Charles Priest Papers

Identifier: NC559

Scope and Contents

The Charles Priest Papers primarily contains correspondence related to Priest's career in education and his military activities. Also included are legal documents such as college records, teacher's credentials, teaching contracts, appointment to the Nevada Bar, and military appointments; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and letters on Nevada educational topics (1923-1927) and his military career; and printed materials about the Mooney School, Vanderbilt University, Phi Beta Kappa, and Freemasonry.


  • 1901-1965


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

Charles Priest was a Nevada educator, principal of Carson High School, Superintendent of Carson City Schools, and Nevada Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. He graduated from the Mooney School (Harriman, Tennessee), Vanderbilt University (1910), and University of California, Berkeley (1915). He served as a lieutenant in United States Army Signal Corps during World War I and later was a major in army reserves. Priest was also active in Freemasonry.


1.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Charles Priest was a Nevada educator, veteran, and Freemason. The collection primarily contains correspondence related to Priest's career in education and his military activities.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence; 2) School Records; 3) Legal Documents; 4) Certificates; 5) Miscellaneous; 6) Printed Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ellen Goodrich Priest in November 1966.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1988-03.

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Repository Details

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

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