University of Nevada Press Records

Identifier: AC 0698

Scope and Contents

The University of Nevada Press Records contains administrative material from the founding of the Press in 1961 though the 1980s, as well as some publications-related materials that document the marketing and promotion of new books. Administrative materials include minutes of the Advisory Editorial Board, correspondence, and reports on finances and book sales from the early 1980s. Also included are press catalogs from 1966-2008 and art portfolios printed by the press from 1968-1983.


  • 1961-2011


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Historical Note

On March 5, 1960, the University of Nevada Board of Regents voted unanimously to use the Jesse M. Whited Estate as an endowment fund to establish the University of Nevada Press. Under the direction of an Advisory Editorial Board, the Press would be used to designate a regular series of publications sponsored by the University in conformity with Board of Regents policies, overseen by the University Editor, who would also serve as the Chairman of the Advisory Board, and printed by the State Printing Office. In general, the Press was tasked with considering for publication materials for books, monograms, quarterly reviews, etc. of a creative or scholarly nature, treating history, literary or scientific data about Nevada and the West. The Advisory Board initiated policy and procedure proposals in its advisory capacity to the University Editor and would review such proposals initiated by the Editor of others.

In 1961, the Press officially began operations with Robert Laxalt as Editor. The Press started small, first focusing on manuscripts of local interest. The first hard-cover books were published in 1964-1965, with 4-5 works published annually through the early 1970s. Although the budget was small, several small grants and the success of some of the early publications helped to underwrite the operation. Some of the early popular titles and series published by the Press include The Journals of Alfred Doten: 1849-1903, The Nevada Adventure: A History, the Basque Book Series, Lancehead Series, Nevada studies in History and Political Science, Biographical Series and Bristlecone Series (both issued in paperback), and Art Portfolios.

[Sources: Board of Regents Minutes, March 5, 1960 accessed November 26, 2019; Hulse, James W. The University of Nevada: A Centennial History, Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press, 1974.]


5.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The University of Nevada Press officially began operations in 1961 under Robert Laxalt who was the Press' first editor. The Press is dedicated to publishing works that further the study of the western region of the United States regardless of discipline. The collection contains administrative and publication-related materials covering 1961-2011.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the University of Nevada Press in 2019. Other materials acquired though campus distribution and transfer prior to 2019.

Related Materials

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Guide to the University of Nevada Press Records
Jessica Maddox
November 2019
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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
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