Harry Reid Papers

Identifier: 90-89

Scope and Contents

The Harry Reid Papers contain the records of Harry Reid (1939-2021), a Nevada lawyer, politician, and US Senator who served as Senate Minority Leader (2005-2007, 2015-2017) and Majority Leader (2007-2015). This includes the Senator's personal records, as well as the records of his Congressional Offices starting from his election to the House of Representatives in 1983 through his time as a US Senator from 1987 to 2017. Also included are a small selection of records from his political campaigns, as well as a smaller selection of records from his time in other positions including Lt. Governor of Nevada (1971-1975) and Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission (1977-1981).

The collection is divided into several series, which were arranged primarily on their origination and office. Series 1 contains the records of the Senator's Las Vegas field office, containing records largely relating to constitutent matters and local issues. Series 2, Electronic Records, contain the electronic records kept by the Senator's office, a large portion of which is the Senator's Constituent Service System or CSS. Series 3 contains the records for Senator Reid's main field office for Northern Nevada, in Reno as well as some records from a smaller office located in Carson City. Series 4 contains some records from the Senator's political activity, largely focused on his own campaigns.

Series 5 and 6 make up the bulk of the Senator's records from his time as a US Congressman and Senator. Series 5 contains the records from Reid's time in the House, in addition to his early activity in the US Senate. Series 6, which contains the bulk of his collection, is comprised largely of the records of his Senate and includes personal materials kept by Reid himself, in addition to the records detailing the administrative, legislative, and publicity efforts of Reid and his staff.


  • circa 1970-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is currently closed in accordance with donor agreement. Physical records closed until November 2026. Electronic records closed until November 2036.

Parts of this collection are restricted due to portions containing sensitive information relating to Reid’s family and staff, in addition to records relating to casework and individual constituents.

Please contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.


1188 Cubic Feet (1188 Document Cartons)

7751 Gigabytes : (12,525,428 Items)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Records created by Harry Reid during his time in office, from Lieutenant Governor of Nevada to Senate Majority and Minority leader. The collection contains records detailing Reid's activity in local, state, and national politics primarily from the early 1970s to his retirement in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Senator Harry Reid beginning in 1991


Guide to the Harry Reid Papers
In Progress
Nathan Gerth and Ian McGlory
July 2021
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Repository Details

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

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