Wild Horse and Burro Collection
Scope and Contents
The Wild Horse and Burro Collection consists of the contents of a database created by Catherine Barcomb, former Administrator of the Nevada Wild Horse Commission.
The database contains scanned reports, correspondence, maps, and other records detailing the work of the Nevada Wild Horse Commission over 25 years. These documents include reports originating from government agencies, primarily the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) in addition to correspondence from concerned citizen and advocacy groups.
With the exception of Series 8, Special Reports and Historical Data, each series contains a digital object link. Following this link will display all of the digital records in that particular series.
- Barcomb, Catherine (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for use.
Biographical / Historical
Work on the Wild Horse and Burro Database began in 2008 when the Nevada state legislature decided to eventually phase out the Nevada Wild Horse Commission, a state agency, in 2010 due to budget cuts. Catherine Barcomb, administrator of the commission, decided to preserve the records by having them scanned. In addition to these records, Dawn Y. Lappin, head of Wild Horse Organized Assistance (WHOA!) contributed over 75 additional boxes to this scanning project. The materials were scanned with the help of the Nevada State Library and Archives, with additional funding help from the American Horse Protection Association (AHPA).
The Nevada Wild Horse Commission was created in 1985. The funding for the commission came from Leo Heil, a wild horse enthusiast, who bequeathed the funds to the state upon his death. The commission worked with the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and local stakeholders on wild horse concerns ranging from fertility control to environmental planning.
[Information for this note sourced from: Hyslop, Larry,"Nevada's wild horses have lost a friend" Elko Daily, September 3, 2010. Accessed May 21, 2021 and conversations with Cathy Barcomb throughout 2020 and 2021"]
463 Gigabytes (1 hard drive, 2 flash drives)
Language of Materials
Work on the Wild Horse and Burro Database began in 2008 when the Nevada state legislature began to phase out the Nevada Wild Horse Commission, a state agency, in 2010 due to budget cuts. The collection contains scanned reports, correspondence, and other materials covering the history of wild horse conservation and the activity of the Nevada Wild Horse Commission from the 1970s to the late 2000s.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Battle Mountain District; 2) Carson City District; 3) Elko District; 4) Ely District; 5) Las Vegas; 6) Winnemucca; 7) Forest Service; 8) Special Reports and Historical Data; 9) California; 10) Wild Horse Commission
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Catherine Barcomb in December 2019.
- Guide to the Wild Horse and Burro Collection
- Ian McGlory
- June 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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