Ruth Hilts Papers

Identifier: 2014-37

Scope and Contents

The Ruth Hilts Papers contain materials related to the personal life and career of Nevada-based artist, Ruth Hilts. This collection is broken down into two series. Series 1 contains personal papers related to Hilts’ early life and family. Series 2 contains material related her artistic career including original artwork, photographs, and jars of her “Nevada Earth Colors” pigments.


  • 1935-2008


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

Ruth Hilts is a Nevada-based artist who was born in 1923. A native Nevadan who grew up in Reno, in 1962, she received her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno where she was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. As an artist, she works with a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink, charcoal, and more. She is well known for her “Nevada Earth Colors” series. These paintings were made with hand-ground pigments made from Nevada soils and minerals. Her art has been exhibited all over Nevada, most notably at the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, the Stremmel Gallery, and the Governor’s Mansion.


4.375 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



Ruth Hilts (1923- ) is a Nevada-based artist who works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylics, and charcoal. The Ruth Hilts Papers consist of materials from her personal life and artistic career. Materials include papers, original artwork, photographs, and paint pigments.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Personal Papers; 2) Art

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ruth Hilts in 2014 and 2015.



Guide to the Ruth Hilts Papers
Theresa Nielson and Ian McGlory
June 2021
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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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