Symmes Family Papers

Identifier: NC1429

Scope and Contents

The Symmes Family Papers primarily contains Whitman Symmes Jr.'s personal materials, law school and military records, and photographs. Additionally, materials relating to the Symmes and Adams families are present, including: estate information and correspondence for family members Ethel Bancroft Richardson, Anita Day Symmes Blake, and Mabel Symmes; genealogical information on the Symmes and Adams family; two books by Harold Symmes; and other family photographs.


  • 1861-1966


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

Whitman Symmes, of the Symmes and Adams families who were early colonial settlers in the United States who immigrated to the west coast in the mid-1800s, was a mine engineer, superintendent of several of the larger Nevada Comstock Lode mines in the early 1900s, and known on the Pacific coast for his continuous opposition to stockbrokers' methods of controlling the Comstock mines. His son, Whitman Symmes Jr., attended law school at the University of Idaho.


0.833 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 shared box)

Language of Materials




The Symmes and Adams families were early colonial settlers in the United States who immigrated to the west coast in the mid-1800s, settling in California. The collection contains family materials related to the Symmmes and Adams families.


Arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Casandra Ostrander in April 2022.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department:

Whitman Symmes Records, NC942

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Maddox in May 2022. All materials were rehoused into archival folders for preservation. Photographs were sleaved and organized by family member, as they were loose when recieved.

Guide to the Symmes Family Papers
Jessica Maddox
May 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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
775-682-5724 (Fax)