Lois Snedden Papers

Identifier: NC1410

Scope and Contents

The Lois Snedden Papers primarily contain reports, studies, and newspaper clippings and articles focused on environmental concerns related to mining. This includes mine waster and water quality, mine reclamation, and air pollution related to smelting or resource extraction.

Additionally, there are a number of records relating to Snedden’s time as a member of the WMAN steering committee. This includes correspondence, financial details, research materials, planning documents, and reports from roughly 2001-2004.


  • 1977-2004


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

Lois Snedden was elected the vice president of the Sierra Club in 1997 and is believed to have been the highest ranking elected officer from Nevada in the club's 105-year history. She was also the second Nevadan elected to the board by the club's membership at large. She served from 1997-1999.

Snedden also served on the steering committee for the Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) from around 2001-2004. WMAN brought together a network of grassroots activists to work on mining issues, incluing remediation/reclamation, mine waste, and abandonded mines, in various western states and Canada.

[Parts of the biographical note adapted from the article "Reno woman elected vice president of Sierra Club" published by the Las Vegas Sun on May 18, 1997, accessed October 27, 2021]


3.0 Linear Feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Lois Snedden served on the steering committee for the Western Mining Action Network (WMAN). The collection contains materials created and collected during her work with WMAN.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Lois Snedden in October 2021.


Guide to the Lois Snedden Papers
In Progress
Ian McGlory
November 2021
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Repository Details

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

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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