Katharine Gardiner Hale Papers
Scope and Contents
The Katharine Gardiner Hale Papers includes Hales' records regarding Citizen Alert, Save the Mapes, a collection of art exhibit posters and flyers, and general information about Reno, Nevada politics from the 1990s.
- Hale, Katharine Gardiner, 1944-2021 (Creator, Person)
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
Katharine Gardiner Hale was born on August 16, 1944, in Grass Valley, California, to Evelyn Norwood Foote and James Francis Gardiner. She graduated from the Katharine Branson School in Ross, California, in 1962 and the Univerisity of Nevada, Reno, in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Hale was an active member of the northern Nevada community, belonging to the Washoe Zephyr Toastmasters Club, the Sierra Garden Club, a writers' group, and a local artists' salon. Professionally, she was the longtime landlady of the Hale House, an English and art appreciation teacher, tutor, and mentor for disabled students at the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). In 1975, she co-founded Citizen Alert, a Nevada non-profit dedicated to public education and governmental accountability on issues such as nuclear waste management, notably at Yucca Mountain; MX missiles; and the effect of nuclear testing. Additionally, Hale was an advocate for preserving history, helping to found the "Save the Mapes" interest group, which eventually became the Truckee Meadows Heritage Trust. She was both a patron of the arts and an artist, producing whimsical recycled plastic constructions, politically-themed dioramas, and black and white photographs.
Hale died of cancer in Reno, Nevada, on October 28, 2021.
[Biographical information taken from Hales' obituary in the Reno Gazette-Journal, accessed online on April 21, 2022.]
5.479 Linear Feet (6 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
Katharine Gardiner Hale (1944-2021) was an active member of the northern Nevada community and the co-founder of Citizen Alert and Save the Mapes, later known as the Truckee Meadows Heritage Trust. The collection includes Hales' records regarding Citizen Alert, Save the Mapes, a collection of art exhibit posters and flyers, and general information about Reno, Nevada politics from the 1990s.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Citizen Alert; 2) Save the Mapes/Truckee Meadows Heritage Trust; 3) Art Exhibition Flyers; 4) Other Interests
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Patrick Grattan on behalf of the Katharine Gardiner Hale Trust in February 2022.
- Fliers (Ephemera)
- Art -- Exhibitions
- Citizen Alert (Organization)
- MX (Weapons system)
- Mapes Hotel (Reno, Nev.)
- Nevada -- Politics and government
- Nevada National Security Site (Nev.)
- Radioactive waste sites -- Nevada -- Yucca Mountain
- Riverside Hotel (Reno, Nev.)
- Truckee Meadows Heritage Trust
- Guide to the Katharine Gardiner Hale Papers
- Jessica Maddox
- April 2022
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