Citizens' Committee for Public Schools Records

Identifier: NC17

Scope and Contents

The Citizens' Committee for Public Schools Records contains the organization’s constitution and statement of purpose, a partial list of board members, minutes of six meetings from 1953-1954, a public survey, including individual responses and volunteer forms, but not including any report of follow up, and several projects of educational interest mostly having to do with Washoe County but in later years showing state and national thrusts. Also included are research statistics from 1947-1956 and financial materials, such as bank statements, to 1960.


  • 1947-1960


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.

Historical Note

The idea of forming the Citizens’ Committee for Public Schools was established on September 3, 1953, at the Committee's first organizational meeting. Its constitution states the purpose was "to study the problems of the public schools in Washoe County in order to assist the school boards," "to sponsor and to conduct public forums," and "thorough and impartial studies regarding the public schools." The members were also to "make recommendations of proposed legislative enactments" "to the end that reasonable modern and effective educational opportunities will be available for the children of Washoe County." Following the collection of statistical and other supporting information, the first director’s meeting was held on September 14, 1953, and the first public meeting on September 22, 1953. It is unclear how long the committee continued to operate and with what members; however, financial records show dates up to July 1960.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Citizens' Committee for Public Schools was group of citizens in Reno, Nevada who organized in October 1953 to find solutions to local school problems of overcrowding and lack of funding. The collection contains materials related to the organization of the group, meeting minutes, a public survey, research statistics, and some financial materials from 1947-1960.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Background and Research; 2) Administration; 3) Public Outreach; 4) Committee Projects

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records donated by Mary Ellen Glass circa 1965.

Guide to the Citizens' Committee for Public Schools Records
Jacquelyn Sundstrand
January 2011
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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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