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Vera May Haviland: Biographical Sketch

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0493
The Vera May Haviland Collection consists of a 15-page biography about her written in 2011 by her grandson, Kevin Allec and a DVD of the silent movie, "The Winning of Barbara Worth". Of special interest are several photographs of the filming of the silent movie, "The Winning of Barbara Worth," in Humboldt County, Nevada, in the late spring and early summer of 1926. The cast included Ronald Colman and Gary Cooper. Haviland was the photographer.

Dates

  • 2011

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (2 items)

Abstract

Vera May Haviland graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor's degree in education in 1926. The collection consists of a 15-page biography about her written in 2011 by her grandson, Kevin Allec and a DVD of the silent movie, "The Winning of Barbara Worth", filmed in Winnemucca and photographed by Haviland.

Biographical Note

Vera May Haviland was born on May 20, 1903, in Winnemucca, Nevada. Her parents, Carl and Lillian Haviland, were both born in Nevada, as well. Her father operated the Paradise Stage Line between Winnemucca and Paradise Valley, along with a feed store. Later he operated a car dealership and garage in Winnemucca. Vera had two older siblings, her sister Dorothy and her brother Harold.

Vera lived in Manzanita Hall while a student at the University of Nevada and was a member of the Beta Delta sorority. She was also a member of the Commerce Club and the Women's Athletic Association. An honor roll student, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in education in 1926.

She married Howard E. Browne in October 1927. He was also a native Nevadan. He graduated from Reno High School and earned a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Nevada in 1918. After attending Harvard Law School and Yale Law School, he served as District Attorney of Lander County for about 15 years. He and Vera lived in Austin, Nevada, during that time. They had two children: Howard E. Browne, Jr., and Bonnie Claire Browne. The Brownes moved to Reno sometime in the early 1940s. Vera was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists and the Rebekah Lodge in Austin. She was a matron of the Electra Lodge Order of the Eastern Star and was active in the Minerva Club. She died in 1965. Her grandson, Kevin Allec, graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kevin Allec; December 9, 2011.

Relate Materials

The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright. PS 3545 .R45 W5

Separated Materials

A photo album of Vera's years as a University of Nevada student has been transferred to University Photo Archives as UNRA-P3476.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Vera May Haviland: Biographical Sketch
Status
completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
December 13, 2011
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)