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University of Nevada, Reno Architectural Drawings Collection

Identifier: AC 0416
Collection consists of architectural drawings, maps, and diagrams of various university buildings and campus maps, 1886-present, with architectural drawings forming the larger part of the collection. For these buildings, there is a brief historical sketch listing date of construction, location, architect, and other pertinent information. The collection also includes architectural drawings of other buildings or facilities associated with the University along with a small group of miscellaneous drawings and diagrams.


  • 1885-2000



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.


9 Cubic Feet (9 oversized folders with 886 items)


Collection consists of architectural drawings, maps, and diagrams of various university buildings and campus maps, 1886-present, with architectural drawings forming the larger part of the collection

Administrative History

The University of Nevada began in Elko, Nevada, but never attracted more than thirty-five students in a single year. In 1885, the legislature made arrangements for moving the institution to Reno. In August 1885, they broke ground for the first university building in Reno, the future Morrill Hall, which was completed in 1886.


Arranged by number, folder, and set. See the guide for the building code key.

The maps and architectural drawings are arranged with each building or map assigned a number, folder, and set. A key is included for the building numbers.

Example: MAD 19/2/1. The first number, 19, is the building number -- in this case, the Getchell Library building. The second number, 2, is the folder number, or the second folder within the Getchell Library drawings. The third number, 1, is the number for the set of drawings -- in this case, the first set of drawings.


Materials are located on oversized shelves in Archives.

Sources used

Sources for the historical sketches of each building are listed at the bottom of each entry. The two main sources were:

Doten, Samuel B. An Illustrated History of the University of Nevada. Reno: University of Nevada, 1924. Available: LD 3763 .D6

Hulse, James W. The University of Nevada: A Centennial History. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1974. Available: LD 3749 .N3 H8

Also used were holdings in the University Archives identified as NU (Nevada University) and AC (Archives Collections), with their respective location numbers.

Maps and Architectural Drawings (MAD) - Building Code Key

MAD-01 Mackay School of Mines
MAD-02 Systems Administration Building
MAD-03 Artemisia Hall
MAD-04 Manzanita Hall
MAD-05 Jones Visitor Center
MAD-06 U.S. Bureau of Mines
MAD-07 Physical Plant
MAD-08 Mackay Stadium (1908)
MAD-09 Armory
MAD-10 Stewart Hall
MAD-11 Central Heating Plant
MAD-12 Not assigned
MAD-13 Fleischmann Agriculture
MAD-14 Stead Campus
MAD-16 Mackay Statue
MAD-17 Palmer Engineering
MAD-18 Orvis School of Nursing
MAD-19 Getchell Library
MAD-20 Scrugham Engineering
MAD-21 Hatch Hall
MAD-22 Not assigned
MAD-23 Dairy Building
MAD-24 Dining Hall
MAD-25 Clark Administration
MAD-26 Morrill Hall
MAD-27 Knudtsen Renewable Resources
MAD-28 Campus Maps
MAD-29 Miscellaneous received with maps and drawings
MAD-30 Urban Vehicle Design Competition
MAD-31 Mining Building (1889)
MAD-32 Frandsen Humanities
MAD-33 Chemistry Building (1902)
MAD-34 Mechanical Building
MAD-35 Fleischmann Home Economics
MAD-36 Artemisia Apartments
MAD-37 Chemistry Building (1970)
MAD-38 Quonset Hut / Boiler House
MAD-39 Flag Pole
MAD-40 Lincoln Hall
MAD-41 Electrical Building (Engineering Building, 1911)


A Guide to the University of Nevada, Reno Architectural Drawings Collection
Arranged and described by Christopher G. Driggs
September 15, 1988
Description rules

Repository Details

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

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