University of Nevada, Reno, Bureau of Governmental Research records

Identifier: AC 0259

Scope and Contents

The records in this collection contain data, correspondence, transcribed interviews, and information used for both published and unpublished manuscripts. Included are articles used for the Bureau of Government Research Newsletter, and other series; A Survey of Nevada Libraries, 1967; Voices of Black Nevada, 1971 ; and Welfare in Nevada: Report of the Nevada Assembly on Public Assistance, 1974.


  • 1960-1979



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

The Bureau of Governmental Research was established in 1959 as a research and service arm of the history and political science department to provide opportunities for staff and students to engage in research projects to advance the understanding of the governmental process, and to gather information concerning state and local government. Among the issues addressed were voting, campaign finance, population shifts, race relations, and welfare.

In July 1982, it was renamed the Nevada Public Affairs Institute, and in October 1985, it became the Senator Alan Bible Center for Applied Research. Retained folder titles.


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Records contain manuscripts and drafts, data, correspondence, transcribed interviews, and reports developed for bureau publications, including the Newsletter, edited by Elmer Rusco. Interviews include state senators Carl Dodge and Coe Swobe for the newsletter; and Margaret Badie, Dolores Feemster, Samuel Gibson, Howard Gloyd, Julia Hamlet, William Hunt, Ernest Mullins, Esterline Nelson, Alice Smith, William C. Webb, Joseph Williams, and Ullyses S. Woodward for Voices of Black Nevada, 1971. Also included is a Survey of Nevada libraries, 1967, and Welfare in Nevada: report of the Nevada assembly on public assistance, 1974. Records also include information collected by Hazel Erskine, Nevada political scientist and pollster.


Arranged in order by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Elmer Rusco; 1989.
A Guide to the University of Nevada, Reno, Bureau of Governmental Research records
Karen Gash
Approximately 2000
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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)