Richard Guy Walton Papers

Identifier: 2011-10

Scope and Contents

The collection contains five unpublished stories written by Walton between the 1960s and 1980s. Additionally, the collection contains exhibit catalogs from his 1992 exhibitions, an article published about him in Nevada Magazine in 1999, and a small amount of biographical and miscellaneous information about Walton.


  • 1963-1999


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

Born in 1914, Richard Guy Walton arrived in Reno in 1929, accompanying his mother who was seeking a divorce. Eventually, he settled in Virginia City where he resided in semi-seclusion for thirty years of his long and many-faceted career. On the advice of the noted painter/cartoonist James Swinnerton, Walton studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and, in 1936, he returned to Nevada to join the Federal Arts Project, the Depression-era program for unemployed artists. Walton’s mural for the Buhl, Idaho post office was his major public work during this period.

Walton was a prolific painter and photographer. The subjects for his paintings reflected his eclectic concerns: the stark Nevada desert, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, the Vegas Strip, ineffectual politicians, and studies of spatial issues that usually intrigue mathematicians and physicists. Walton biographer James Hulse wrote, “Nevada provided much scope for his restless spirit.” During the 1990s, Walton was honored with retrospective shows at the Sierra Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, where he died in 2005.

[Information taken from the digital exhibit "Post War Bohemians in Northern Nevada,", accessed December 6, 2018]


0.75 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Richard Guy Walton (1914-2005) was an American artist and author who lived and worked for most of his life in northern Nevada. The collection contains unpublished manuscripts written by Walton from the 1960s-1980s.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Hulse in September 2011.



Guide to the Richard Guy Walton Papers
Jessica Maddox
December 2018
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Repository Details

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

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