Samuel Doten Fishing Journals

Identifier: 2011-18

Scope and Contents

Doten began keeping his fishing journal in 1906 and diligently recorded his trips until 1951. Journal entries include location of trip, species and number of fish caught, weather reports, wildlife sightings, comments on flora in season, etc. Only the first year of entries from 1906 are handwritten; beginning in 1907 the journal entries are typed. These journals only cover the fishing season portion of the year and generally cover early to mid spring through fall. A small amount of personal information, including notes about family, friends, his marriage, and his fishing buddies, is included, though it is scattered throughout the journals.

A few loose items were also found in the journal including some photographs and correspondence. One letter from Jim Brewer on Lake Tahoe is of particular interest. Other correspondents include C. M. Tabler of Santa Cruz, California, David Starr Jordan of Stanford, J. O. Snyder also of Stanford, and John A. Longyear of California.


  • 1904-1951



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

Samuel Bradford Doten, son of Comstock newspaperman Alfred Doten and Reno, Nevada educator Mary (Stoddard) Doten, was born in Gold Hill, Nevada on December 14, 1875 near the end of the Comstock mining boom. After a brief relocation to Austin, Nevada in 1881, Mary and her children including Sam settled in Reno. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1898 and fourteen years later again with a Master's Degree in Agriculture.

Doten began teaching at the University of Nevada in 1900 and taught many classes including etymology, history, mathematics, and botany. Doten also served as the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1913 until his retirement in 1946. During his tenure at the University, Doten authored many articles, reports and books, including the 1924 history of the University of Nevada titled An illustrated History of the University of Nevada, which was the first book dedicated to the history of the University from its beginnings, and Fifty-Five Years of Agricultural Research on Ranch and Range (Agricultural Experiment Station, Bulletin 163, March 1943).

In June 1915, Doten married Laura K. Schweiss; she proceeded him in death in June 1943. Doten died on May 9, 1955 in Reno.


0.41 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Samuel Bradford Doten (1875-1955) was born in Gold Hill, Nevada to Alfred and Mary Stoddard Doten. Doten taught at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1900 until his retirement in 1946 and served as the director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station. He was an avid fisherman and kept a fishing journal from 1906-1951. Collection contains his journal and a small amount of additional materials, including correspondence and photographs, found in the journals.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by C. Kenneth Bradshaw in October 2011.

Guide to the Samuel Doten Fishing Journals
Jessica Maddox
April 2017
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Repository Details

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

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