Slavin-Reed Family Papers

Identifier: 2010-27

Scope and Contents

The Slavin-Reed Family Papers comprise an assortment of documents and images related to the history of the two families and their connections by marriage, particularly the Geraghty, Hanley, and Clark families. The collection reflects the interest of Lucille Slavin Clark and Helen Reed Slavin in their ancestor, Maude Rose Hanley Reed Bruno (1882-1965), known in the familie as "Noddie." Their project culiminated in a printed, spiral-bound book for their relatives, including many anecdotes in the words of Maude Bruno herself. There are a number of sketched family tree charts, correspondence between relatives, and other documents. Several files contain clippings of newspaper columns written by Ed Slavin for the "Tonopah Times" about early United States settlers in the Tonopah area.

Mixed among the documents are a few artifacts connected to family experiences, including two pieces of Tenerife-style bobbin lace, a colored pencil sketch of a mine, and two pieces of 1945 Japanese paper currency. The photographs and negatives in the collection are largely informal snapshots of family life, the landscape in which they lived, and the work of the family ranching and mining operations.


  • 1870-2001


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 / Historical

The Slavin and Reed families, joined by the marriage of Helen Reed (1908-1982) and Edward Slavin (1906-2001) in 1928, were among the early colonists of in Nye County, Nevada. Over the decades, family members have been involved in mining and ranching, as well as local government and community services. Edward Slavin founded Nye County Search and Rescue and was a volunteer firefighter for most of his adult life, worked for the Nevada Highway Department, was Nye County Commissioner, and foreman of the Tonopah Mizpah mine as well as serving as spending 25 years as Tonopah's postmaster. His father, Charles Slavin, was Nye County Sheriff and recorder-treasurer.

Helen Reed's family was equally notable in Nye County history. Her father, Orval Knighton Reed, co-founded the United Cattle and Packing Company ranch with his brother Ed not long after the discovery of silver in Tonopah in the early years of the 20th century. In existence for 34 years, it encompassed more than three million acres, more than one hundred square miles across three counties. The Reed brothers purchased their initial acres with mining money, and the ranch became one of the largest in the world. The Reed family began selling off portions of the ranch in 1940.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Slavin-Reed Family papers include genealogical notes, oral histories, and other documents about the 19th and 20th century history of the Slavin and Reed families and those families connected by marriage. The bulk of the collection appears to have passed through the hands of Lucille Slavin Clark, and builds on the recorded memories of her grandmother, Maude Rose Hanley Reed Bruno (1882-1965).


Arranged into the following series: 1) Family History; 2) Separated Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Holabird-Kagin Americana in 2010.

Processing Information

The collection contains originals and duplicates of newspaper columns. The originals have been retained and interleaved with acid-free paper, and the duplicates discarded due to poor quality of copies.



Guide to the Slavin-Reed Family Papers
Elspeth Olson
May 2021
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Repository Details

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

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