The Nevada They Knew Index, Notes, and References

Identifier: 2017-79

Scope and Contents

Collection includes book's bibliographic references, index, and end notes, some with substance over and above source material, from Anthony Shafton's book, The Nevada They Knew published in 2017. The book explores the friendship between artist Robert Cole Caples and author Walter Van Tilburg Clark and Shafton's associations with the two men. Because it was not an academic press, the publisher chose to omit these three sections from the book. Shafton states on page 361 in the Sources and Credits portion of the book, that the sections are available for reference in the Special Collections Department. All notes and the index refer to page numbers in the 2017 edition of the book.


  • 2017



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Biographical Note

Anthony Shafton (1937- ) is a Chicago native and Reno resident, with degrees from Harvard College and Stanford’s graduate Creative Writing Program. He has published five books: The Apostate Heriger (1962), a novel; Conditions of Awareness (1976), a monograph on primate psychology and human paleopsychology; Dream Reader (1995), a survey of psychological approaches to dream interpretation; and Dream-Singers (2002), a sociology of African-American dreaming and dream sharing.

The Nevada They Knew, Shafton's most recent book published in 2017, is about the friendship between artist Robert Cole Caples and author Walter Van Tilburg Clark and Shafton's associations with the two men. The book is a culmination of many years of correspondence that began when Shafton wrote a fan letter to Clark about his novel The City of Trembling Leaves. Through Clark’s introduction, Shafton met Caples in 1964, overnighting at Robert and Rosemary Caples’ Connecticut estate. Shafton never met Caples again, but the two corresponded from 1964 until the artist’s death.


0.21 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



Anthony Shafton is a Chicago native, Reno resident, and author of five books, including The Nevada They Knew. Collection includes book’s bibliographic references, index, and endnotes from The Nevada They Knew, published in 2017, that the publisher chose not to include in the book. The book explores the relationship between artist Robert Cole Caples and author Walter Van Tilbug Clark.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Anthony Shafton in October 2017.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

The Nevada They Knew [Special Collections stacks]


An Inventory to the Index, Notes, and Reference of The Nevada They Knew
For Mcd Review
Jessica Maddox
October 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

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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