Henry F. Bennett Papers

Identifier: 85-02

Scope and Contents

The Henry F. Bennett Papers collection contains the personal and professional records of Henry F. Bennett, a realtor active in Northern Nevada and the surrounding areas. Series 1 contains personal papers on people such as, Henry Bennett, Elaine Bennett, and Wilbur D. May. The papers include letters, bank notes, a marriage certificate, and newspaper clippings. Series 2 covers Bennett’s professional career as a realtor, containing records regarding his property dealings. This includes properties belonging to Paul A. Walters, and the University Of Nevada, Reno in addition to properties such as The Riverside Hotel, The Golden Doors motel, as well as the Overland Hotel and Casino, among others.


  • 1919-1977


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 Note

Henry F. Bennett (1919-1992) was a Realtor active in the Northern Nevada region as well as surrounding states. Married to Elaine Bennett, he was the realtor for many iconic Nevada properties, this includes The Riverside Hotel and property owned by The University of Nevada-Reno. He was also in close contact with Wilbur D. May, a well-known figure in Reno’s history.


3.583 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Material relates to real estate transactions, mainly ranch and agricultural lands in Nevada and California, created by Henry F. Bennett between 1940s-1950s.


The collection is arranged into two series: 1) Bennett Family and Associates and 2) Business.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Donald L. Hardesty on March 12, 1985.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1993-44.

Guide to the Henry F. Bennett Papers
In Progress
Emily Koszuth and Ian McGlory
June 2021
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Repository Details

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

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