Nevada Press Women Records

Identifier: 93-47

Scope and Contents

The Nevada Press Women Records are divided into four series: administrative records, newsletters, contests, and conferences. Series 1 consists of administrative records: minutes, financial files, correspondence, and clippings. Included in this series is a scrapbook of clippings which documents the origin of the NPW. Series 2 consists of newsletters from both the local and national organizations. Local chapter newsletters were sent out on a monthly basis and consisted of content from diverse sources covering media and free speech issues. Series 3 contains information on the contests held both at the national level and the local level. Of interests is the annual “Manwatchers” contest. The group of 10 of northern Nevada’s most “watchable” men was compiled each year by a gathering of about 20 journalists and local celebrities, sponsored by the NPW, who gathered once a year to invent their own definition of “watchable” and whittle a compilation of about 40 nominees down to the top 10 over lunch. Finally, Series 4 consists of national conferences and local workshops sponsored by the NPW.

NPW had a rather loose administrative structure and there appear to have been periods when meetings were infrequent and when few records would have been kept. It is difficult to determine whether the records in this collection represent all records created or whether they are incomplete.


  • 1970-2013



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.

Administrative History

Nevada Press Women (NPW) is an organization of professional communicators, both women and men, who receive remuneration for their work. NPW is affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). NPW organized in November 1970 at a national convention of NFPW held at Lake Tahoe. Florence Burge and Cheri Cross were key in those efforts, enlisting twenty charter members. Presidents of the NPW have included: Joan Broili, Robin Holabird, Janet Ross, Peggy Rashdan, Joan Morrow, Christ Cendagorta, Kathy Olson, and Shayne Del Cohen.

This organization offers workshops and guest speakers, supports journalism students by offering annual scholarships, and sponsors annual school newspaper contests. State and national writing contests offer members opportunities to showcase their talents. NPW keeps their members informed of legislative issues of concern to communicators and annual conventions are held at the state and national level. Nevada Press Women hold an annual "Most Watchable Man" contest as a fundraiser; members select ten men in the northern Nevada community "who turn our heads."


6 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



Nevada Press Women (NPW) is an organization of professional communicators, both women and men, who receive remuneration for their work. Included are minutes, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, clippings, officers' manual, convention materials, and files related to the publication of A Nevada historical miscellany. Material between 1970-2013.


The Nevada Press Women Records are organized into the following series:

Series 1: Administrative

Series 2: Newsletters and Publications

Series 3: Contests

Series 4: Conferences and Workshops

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records of Nevada Press Women were donated to the Special Collections Department in 1993, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2012, and most recently in 2018 by Shayne Del Cohen.

Separated Materials

All photos have been transferred to Special Collections Photo Archive as collection number UNRS-P1997-10.


Guide to the Nevada Press Women Records
Susan Searcy
March 27, 1996
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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
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