Verna Stumpf Paterson Papers
Scope and Contents
The Verna Stumpf Paterson Papersx consists primarily of genealogical materials, either collected or researched by the Nevada Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists. The collection is divided into two series: genealogical materials, and records of the Nevada Daughters of American Colonists. The genealogical materials in Series 1 were compiled by Mrs. Paterson and members of the DAC on Nevada families. Sources include many cemeteries in the Reno-Virginia City-Fort Churchill area of Nevada; various Nevada family histories and Bibles; and records from the following Episcopal Churches: Trinity (Reno), St. Paul's (Virginia City), and St. John's (Gold Hill). Lists of burials at individual cemeteries are included. The church data includes a history of each church and lists of baptisms; marriages; and deaths. Many individual family lineage charts were compiled by Paterson, as was an interesting scrapbook and other papers from the Alfred and Augusta L. (Johnson) Nelson Family (1889-1944). Of special note in the scrapbook are the early photographs of Reno and the Nelson's home and business.
The DAC records in Series 2 are contained in one scrapbook and include photos, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and programs documenting the organization's activities. This volume covers the period 1957-1962.
- Paterson, Verna Stumpf, 1897-1994 (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.
Verna Stumpf Paterson was born in Casselton, North Dakota on October 22, 1897. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 1919 before moving to Reno in 1923. Paterson received her master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She taught math and physics at Reno High School; physics and chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno; and 4th through 7th grades at Verdi Elementary School.
Paterson was one of the founding members of the Nevada chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists (D. A. C.). The D. A. C. is a national organization whose purpose is to research, record, and publish the history and deeds of the American Colonists and to foster a love of America and its institutions. She served as the state regent for the D. A. C.; vice president of the national D. A. C.; and the newsletter editor. As well as being active in the D. A. C., Paterson was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in the 1930s; the Twentieth Century Club; the American Association of University Women; and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Paterson died in Reno, Nevada on March 27, 1994.
1.1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
Verna Stumpf Paterson (1897-1994) was one of the founding members of the Nevada chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC), a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in the 1930s, the Twentieth Century Club, the American Association of University Women; and the Daughters of the American Revolution. The collection, dating from 1865-1967, principally contains Nevada genealogical records compiled from western Nevada cemeteries, Bibles, family histories of Reno residents, and Episcopal churches in Reno, Virginia City, and Gold Hill. Also included is a scrapbook of DAC activities in Nevada; and one of photos, certificates, and fraternal memorabilia of Alfred and Augusta L. Nelson.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Genealogical Records; 2) Daughters of the American Colonists Records
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Verna Stumpf Paterson on October 10, 1980.
- Cemeteries -- Nevada
- Daughters of the American Colonists (Nev.)
- Nelson, Alfred
- Nelson, Augusta L. Johnson
- Nevada -- Genealogy -- Sources
- Paterson, Verna Stumpf, 1897-1994
- Secret societies -- Nevada -- Reno
- St. John's Episcopal Church (Gold Hill, Nev.)
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Virginia City, Nev.)
- Trinity Episcopal Church (Reno, Nev.)
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Guide to the Verna Stumpf Paterson Papers
- Susan Searcy
- December 1987
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