Beatrice Fettic Jones Papers

Identifier: 84-02

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the history of the Carson Valley through brief histories of several families who were among the first European families in the area; legal documents of the Jones family, Elizabeth Mott, Mary Dickens, and D. R. Jones' court testimony; and miscellaneous materials. The histories were compiled using family genealogical sources and the recollections of elderly members of the Fettic family and are a unique resource in the exploration of Nevada's early pioneer history. Also present is a manuscript entitled, "The First Settlement in Nevada" which recounts the history of the Carson Valley through sections of the first non-indigenous settlers, school, newspaper, dance, division of water, grand jury, and attempts at territorial government.

The miscellaneous ephemera in the papers date from 1859-1964. The earliest document is a manuscript poem, "Lines on the death of Hiram Mott...." Other items of interest are funeral cards for W. F. Bull (1896) and John Bull (1900); a report card for Roy Jones (1922) and Mottsville School diploma of Myron Jones (1919); genealogical record worksheets, newspaper clippings, programs for the centennial of the oldest Nevada pioneer settlement and for Nevada statehood; an autograph album belonging to Johnny ---- (1890-1899); and a charming scrapbook of postcards and advertising art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The collection includes approximately 100 photographs of the Mott, Fettic, Jones, and Brockliss families. The photographs in the Jones collection consist of original images of many family members, family homes in the Carson Valley, and work scenes at a sawmill and blacksmith's shop. The majority of the photographs date from the 1870s through the turn of the century, with a few images from the 1950s to 1970s. Most of the photos were identified by Mrs. Jones and many are also dated. The photographs were transferred to the photograph archives of the Special Collections Department as UNRS-P1988-25.


  • 1859-1964



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

Beatrice (“Bea”) Fettic Jones was born in 1909 on the Buckeye Ranch in the Carson Valley, near Genoa, Nevada. Her great-grandparents were Israel and Eliza Mott, who were among the very first European settlers in Genoa in 1852. Her grandfather was Frank Fettic, who arrived in Genoa in 1872 and purchased Genoa's oldest bar in 1874. Renamed Fettic's Exchange, it played a significant role in the early community of Carson Valley.

In 1984, Mrs. Jones participated in an oral history project documenting the history of life in the Carson Valley from the 1850s to the 1950s. The University of Nevada Oral History program published the transcript of her oral history as An Interview with Beatrice Fettic Jones: A Contribution to a Survey of Life in Carson Valley, From First Settlement Through the 1950s. This transcript is available in the Special Collections Department (call number F849 .G4 J66 1984).


1.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Primarily, legal documents such as deeds and probate cases; and accounts of the earliest non-indigenous settlers in Nevada, specifically the Motts, Fettics, and Brockliss'. Miscellaneous materials include report card and diploma from Mottsville schools, newspaper clippings, genealogical worksheets, Nevada centennial programs, an autograph album, and scrapbook of 19th and 20th century advertising art. Created by Beatrice Fettic Jones from 1859-1964.


The Beatrice Fettic Jones Papers are divided into the following series:

Series 1: Legal

Series 2: Nevada History Manuscripts

Series 3: Miscellaneous Ephemera

Series 4: Photographs (transferred to the Department’s Photograph archives as UNRS-P1988-25)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Beatrice Fettic Jones in February 2, 1984.

Separated Materials

The photographs were transferred to the photograph archives of the Special Collections Department as UNRS-P1988-25.

Guide to the Papers of Beatrice Fettic Jones
Susan Searcy
March 1988
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

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