School of Medicine Records

Identifier: NUB 35


  • 1969-2021


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

Interest in establishing a medical school in Nevada existed as early as 1938, with the United States facing a shortage of physicians. In 1967, a pledge of ongoing funding from industrialist Howard Hughes resulted in the Nevada Legislature's authorization of acquiring federal and private foundation funding. In 1969, the University of Nevada School of Medical Sciences was established as a two-year program, with academic instruction beginning in 1971. Medical students who completed the two years of basic science training then had to transfer to four-year medical schools outside of Nevada to complete their Doctor of Medicine degrees.

In April 1977, the Nevada Legislature authorized the conversion of the program to a four-year, degree-granting school. The name was changed to the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The first group of students began their third year of clinical studies in the Fall of 1978, graduating as the first School of Medicine Class in 1980.


18.25 Linear Feet

3.42 Gigabytes

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Arranged into the following series: 1) Administrative; 2) Publications; 3) Events; 4) Departments and Programs; 5) Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various transfers from the School of Medicine, Savitt Medical Library, and campus distrinution, 2008-2021.

Guide to the School of Medicine Records
Jessica Maddox
December 2022
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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)