Jack Dieringer Papers

Identifier: 2016-24

Scope and Contents

The Jack Dieringer Papers is mainly comprised of daily diaries kept by Dieringer during his career, beginning in February 1951 when he became the Fisheries Technician and continuing until his retirement in 1983. These diaries document his daily activities in regards to his work. Meetings, day trips to the field, and other notes are included. With the exception of the first diary, which covers February 1951-May 1953, all are diaries are single years in bound “Daily Reminder” books. Entries are typically in pen of varying colors.

Dieringer also worked with Tom Trelease and others associated with the Nevada Department of Fish and Game to put together a history of the Fishery Division. They collected a number of department reports and photographs to write it. Their history covers the years 1947-1980. Series 2 contains that report as well as other materials about or issued by the Division, and includes copies of Trelease’s articles on the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout at Pyramid Lake. When the State of Nevada purchased the Marlette-Hobart water system from Curtis-Wright Corporation, it not only assured the Department of Wildlife of a Cutthroat Trout and state owned brood stock area and a water supply for the state buildings in Carson City and Carson Valley, but also a place where the legislative members and the public could be shown a part of the activities of the Department of Wildlife that weren’t well know or understood.

Through the activities of Assemblyman and then Senator Lawrence Jacobsen, legislators and committee members traveled through the area and observed the spawn taking operation at Marlette Lake. Some of the individuals observing or even taking part in the spawning operations included Lawrence Jacobsen Jim Bigson, M. J. Christensen, Keith Asworth, Bill Raggio, Sue Wagner, Howard Barret, Governors Paul Laxalt, Robert List, and the family of Governor Mike O’Callaghan, as well as Carson City mayors and council members. In addition, there was cooperation between various state agencies including State Lands, Forestry, Parks, Buildings and Grounds, Health, and Engineering

Series 3: Photographs, includes many shots of the work of the Verdi Fish Hatchery where Dieringer worked, which was the only state fish hatchery in Nevada when he started, and the work of employees collecting eggs for hatchery work, particularly at Marlette Lake. Other photos show the work of Fisheries employees out in the field conducting angler and license checking as well as planting fish within the state.


  • 1951-1983


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

Andrew "Jack" Dieringer was born in Reno, Nevada on November 24, 1925, the only child of Harriet and Andrew Jacob “Pat” Dieringer. He attended Southside (elementary) School, Billinghurst Junior High School, and Reno High School, graduating in 1943. Throughout middle and high school, he worked at his father’s bakery, the Johnson Dandee Bakery, as a shipping clerk and delivered bread after school.

In 1943, Dieringer enrolled at the University of Nevada, where he was Sigma Nu president and played football in 1944 and 1945. In 1946, he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley with the goal of attending medical school. However, as a non-California resident and the high demands to enroll at UC Berkeley by residents, he was not accepted. He returned to the University of Nevada in 1947 and finished his last credits, graduating in 1948 with a degree in biology. As part of his studies, he took a course in hatchery management and went to the hatchery in Verdi, run by the Nevada Fish and Game Commission, to learn hatchery fish culture.

At the end of his 1948 school year, a Verdi hatchery staff member left and he was offered and accepted the full-time position. The job was welcomed as Jack had married Marie Aldrich in 1947. Marie, born in Fernley, also graduated from UNR in 1945 with a degree in business, and taught for two years in Lyon County. During their marriage, she and Jack had two children. She later taught in Washoe County School District, retiring after 32 years.

Dieringer worked for the Nevada Department of Fish and Game as a Fish Culturist at the Verdi hatchery from 1948 until February 1951, then became a Fisheries Technician for a year, moving to the Reno office. In 1952, he became the Assistant Chief of the Fisheries Division, mainly working on fish culture, and held that position until 1976 when Tom Trealese retired as Division Chief. Dieringer then held the position of Division Chief until his retirement in 1983.

During his time as Assistant Chief of Fisheries, Dieringer was in charge of the distribution of reared fish to each Nevada county for planting in their streams. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the Verdi hatchery and the construction of the new Ruby Valley facility, both for trout. He coordinated the work of the federal, state, and local entities for the construction of the Lake Mead Hatchery in the Lake Mead Recreation Area. Finally, he coordinated the transfer of fish from the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery to Nevada.

During these years, Dieringer also became an adjunct professor at UNR, working with Bob Taylor on fish diseases for nearly nine years. As Division Chief, he was in charge of all aspects of the division, such as the work on any federal projects, testifying before the Nevada Legislature, coordinating work with the U.S. Forest Service, and other administrative duties. Upon his retirement as Division Chief in 1983, Governor Richard Bryan declared it “Jack Dieringer Day” through a proclamation.

Dieringer died on January 16, 2020.


2 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Andrew “Jack” Dieringer (1925-2020) graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1948 with a degree in biology. He began working for the Nevada Fish and Game Commission directly out of college and continued there until his retirement in 1983. Collection includes daily diaries kept by Dieringer from February 1951 to his retirement in 1983 and record his daily work activities, meetings, and trips to the field.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Work Diaries; 2) Fishers Reports and Documents; 3) Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jack Dieringer in November 2016 and 2017.

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An Inventory to the Jack Dieringer Papers
Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox
May 2017
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

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