Centennial Committee Records
Scope and Contents
The Centennial Committee Records contains budget reports, correspondence, committee minutes, memorandums, and other planning material, 1973-1975, including the script for a traveling slide presentation sponsored by General University Extension in conjunction with the Centennial theme; Mackay Week programming; and a scrapbook. The Centennial Commencement program is included with other programs. Of particular interest is a draft history of the university prepared by History Professor James Hulse for U. S. Senators Alan Bible and Howard Cannon to draft a joint resolution for Congressional recognition of the centennial. The scrapbook includes a list of student leaders from 1893-1975, brochures, newspaper articles, photographs, and posters.
- Majority of material found within 1971-1975
- University of Nevada, Reno. Centennial Committee (Organization)
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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.
In April 1973, University President N. Edd Miller appointed the University of Nevada Centennial Committee to plan and execute the 1974 observance of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University. The chairman of the committee was Samuel M. Basta, Dean of Community Relations. The theme was "Evolution of a Dream, 1874-1974-2074."
The Centennial's objectives included commemorating the accomplishments of the University's first century to foster pride, obtaining broader geographic recognition to attract students, faculty, and financial support. It also served as a springboard for strengthening and developing educational opportunities, and provided a suitable climate of public opinion to support a major fund-raising campaign. The celebration occurred during the administrations of Acting President James T. Anderson and President Max Milam, who was inaugurated during the Centennial Convocation. There was widespread engagement among the campus community, while regional involvement included the Nevada State Fair, the Reno Chamber of Commerce, Troop One of the Boy Scout Peavine District, and the Sea School of the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot of San Diego. Nevada politicians introduced a federal resolution in Congress to commemorate the occasion.
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In April 1973, University President N. Edd Miller appointed the University of Nevada Centennial Committee to plan and execute the observance, in 1974-1975, of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University of Nevada, Reno. The chairman of the committee was Samuel M. Basta, Dean of Community Relations. The collection contains correspondence, committee minutes, memorandums, and reports, 1973-1975; a traveling slide presentation sponsored by General University Extension in conjunction with the Centennial theme; Mackey Week; and a scrapbook with photographs, brochures, newspaper clippings, and posters documenting the special events held in honor of the university's centennial.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence and Minutes; 2) Subcommittees; 3) Budget Reports; 4) Programming Events and Commemorations
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred by Samuel M. Basta in 1980. A 1974 Summer Session Centennial Activities Book was donated in 2014.
Photographs transferred to University Archives photo archive as collection number UNRA-P3618.
- Associated Students of the University of Nevada
- Associated Students of the University of Nevada (Creator)
- Basta, Samuel M. (Creator)
- Basta, Samuel M.
- Bible, Alan, 1909-1988
- Cannon, Howard W.
- Hulse, James W. (Creator)
- Mackay Week (University of Nevada, Reno)
- Milam, Max, 1930-1987
- Nevada -- History
- University of Nevada, Reno -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
- University of Nevada, Reno -- History
- University of Nevada, Reno. Centennial Committee
- University of Nevada, Reno. General University Extension
- Guide to the Centennial Committee Records
- Karen Gash
- Approximately 1998
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description