Goldfield Hotel Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2017-08
The Goldfield Hotel Records contains documents from the final years of the hotel’s operation during which time many men and women from the military stayed at the hotel. Materials mainly fall into two areas: employment records and hotel guests. The employment records includes payroll cards and an unemployment contribution report, found in the “Miscellaneous” folder. The payroll cards include employee name, position, and wage.

A majority of hotel guests in the 1940s (during and post-World War II) were military officers and their families. Records of these guests represented in this collection are guest registration cards that include name of guest or guests, check-in and checkout date, amount paid, and, occasionally, if the guest paid a key deposit. Additional guest information includes daily tally sheets of occupied rooms. These sheets document occupied rooms, closed floors, and an account of money taken in at the bar and restaurant.

Other miscellaneous information included in the collection are receipts from the Las Vegas Laundry, some correspondence, a stockholder list, incomplete account sheets, and examples of forms used by the hotel (guest registration cards, checkout reminders, etc.). One letter of correspondence from Life magazine is also included and discusses the possibility of the magazine writing a story on the hotel in 1944.

Dates

  • 1944-1945

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Extent

0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Overview

Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada constructed in 1908 and designed by prominent Reno architects Holesworth and Curtis. The hotel was owned by George Wingfield from soon after it opened until he sold it after the September 1923 fire that burned a portion of Goldfield. Hotel operated until the 1940s. Collection contains materials from 1944-1945 that document employment and hotel guests.

Administrative History

Construction on the Goldfield Hotel, located in Goldfield, Nevada, began in January 1907 at the height of the mining boom. Designed by prominent Reno architects Holesworth and Curtis and financed by the Hayes-Monette Syndicate, whose wealth came from a previous successful lease on the Mohawk claim, the hotel formally opened in January 1908 after suffering construction delays caused by union labor disputes. The Goldfield Hotel was the most elaborate building built in Goldfield and rivaled the architecture of the rest of the state. Unfortunately, this edifice, symbolic of the success of the “world’s greatest mining camp” was completed too near the peak of Goldfield's boom and never really achieved the long term status of a grand hotel in the declining years which followed.

Soon after it opened, ownership of the hotel came under the control of George Wingfield. Wingfield, well-known banking and mining entrepreneur, maintained ownership until 1923 when he sold it to Newton Crumley after the devastating fire of September 1923. Crumley operated the hotel as a hostelry through the end of World War II. Its last occupants were officers and their families from the Tonopah Army Air Field.

On March 4, 1981, the hotel was added to the Nevada State Register of Historic Places. It is a contributing property in the Goldfield Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1982.

Arrangement

Material is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received in April 1989 as part of a group of papers that had previously been stored in the Goldfield Hotel.

Related Material

Related archival materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

NC1205, Goldfield Hotel Furnishings List

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Goldfield Hotel Records
Status
completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
February 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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