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Manuscript Thesis Draft of The Tonopah, Goldfield, Bullfrog Mining Districts, 1900-1915: History of a Twentieth Century Mining Boom

 Collection
Identifier: 2017-84
Collection contains a bound copy of Russell Elliott's Ph.D. in History thesis from University of California, Berkeley in 1946. The copy has numerous handwritten notes and corrections, and is missing a title page.

Dates

  • circa 1946

Creator

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.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 item)

Overview

Russell Richard Elliott was a Nevada historian, author, and professor in the History Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. Collection contains a bound copy of Russell Elliott's Ph.D. in History thesis from University of California, Berkeley in 1946.

Biographical Note

Russell Richard Elliott was born on June 2, 1912 in McGill, Nevada to Mary Jane (Hodges) and James Thomas Elliott. His mother, born in Kilkee, Ireland, immigrated to Michigan with her family in 1891. His parents met in Michigan and were married in 1902; it was a second marriage for both. The Elliott's were a large family with five children born between 1903 and 1914: James Thomas Elliot, Jr. (December 24, 1903), Sadie Laurene (June 20, 1905), Carrie Patricia (March 15, 1910), Russell Richard, listed as Richard Russell on his birth certificate (June 2, 1912), and John "Jack" Clarence (December 23, 1914). Both parents had children from their previous marriages: Ruby, Lena Pearl, and George Allen. A final son, Ernie, joined the family in 1918.

After Mary Jane and James married, they relocated first to Bisbee, Arizona then to McGill, Nevada where his father took a job as a bricklayer foreman. They arrived in McGill in time for James to help lay the bricks for the furnaces for the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company reduction plant.

Elliott graduated from White Pine High School in 1930 and started at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Fall of 1930. He graduated from UNR in 1934 with a Bachelor's Degree in History and minors in Education, Spanish, and Physical Education. After much worry and a back-up plan of attending the University of Oregon Graduate School, he secured a teaching position at White Pine High School in Biology. He taught there until 1935 when he started graduate school at the University of Washington with the plan of completing a Master's degree in Education. His first semester in graduate school, Elliott took two courses in education and one in history. After that first semester, he decided to apply himself only to history. He wrote his Master's thesis on the history of Hamilton, Nevada, graduating with his Master's in History in 1938. He continued his education, gaining a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley in September 1946.

In 1949, Elliott took a teaching position in the History Department at his alma mater, the University of Nevada, Reno, a position he held until his retirement in 1976. Elliott published numerous books over his career, including the first modern book on the history of Nevada, titled History of Nevada and published in 1973.

Russell R. Elliott died in Reno on March 16, 1998 and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Reno. He was posthumously inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in November 1998.

[Much of the above biographical information was taken from Elliott's 1990 book Growing Up in a Company Town]

Arrangement

Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William D. Rowley in 2015.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by UNR Libraries:

Elliott, Russell R. The Tonopah-Goldfield-Bullfrog Mining Districts, 1900-1915: History of a Twentieth Century Mining Boom, 1946 [Microfilm M0057]

Creator

Title
Guide to Manuscript Thesis Draft of Russell R. Elliot's The Tonopah, Goldfield, Bullfrog Mining Districts, 1900-1915: History of a Twentieth Century Mining Boom
Status
for_mcd_review
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
December 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

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