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Mildred E. Leavitt Nesbit papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0516
The Mildred Edna Leavitt Nesbit Papers consist of papers that are mainly memorabilia from Mildred's senior year at the University, along with some personal correspondence. Mildred's Senior Supper program has 95 autographs. A program from an 1893 meeting of the Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Fraternity at the University of Michigan includes the name of "E. Leavitt," apparently a relative of Mildred's. Of particular interest are lyrics for a graduation song from the Class of Twenty-five and a form letter from the Nevada State Teachers' Employment Bureau concerning her application for a teaching position in 1926.

The collection also includes several of William Nesbit's engineering textbooks, his A.S.U.N. membership card for 1922-1923, and two personal cards he sent to Mildred Leavitt while they were dating.

Dates

  • 1899 to 1935
  • Majority of material found within 1923 - 1926

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Extent

1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The Mildred Edna Leavitt Nesbit Papers consist of papers that are mainly memorabilia from Mildred's senior year at the University, along with some personal correspondence. The collection also includes several of William Nesbit's textbooks, his A.S.U.N. membership card, and two personal cards he sent to Mildred Leavitt while they were dating.

Biographical Note

Mildred Edna Leavitt Nesbit, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Granville Ernest Leavitt of Yerington, Nevada, was born in 1905. Her mother, Mary Cecelia Johns Leavitt (1880-1953), was born in New Zealand. Dr. Granville Leavitt died in 1923. Mildred had two brothers, Granville Irving (1906-1963) and Joseph. While a student at the University of Nevada, Mildred was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In February 1923, she acted in "The Teeth of the Gift Horse" to audition to become a member of the Campus Players. On April 14, 1926, she performed in "Adam and Eva" with other seniors at the Rialto Theater in Reno. Also in April of 1926, she participated as an advanced pupil in a university dance program for the New Century Club in Reno.

Mildred Leavitt graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Teacher's Diploma of High School Grade from the Nevada State Normal School on May 10, 1926. Her brother Granville graduated from the University of Nevada in 1928 and became a teacher in Wells, Verdi, and Sun Valley. While at the University, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

While at the University, Mildred dated William Scott Nesbit (1903-1986), who studied engineering at the University and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. A sprinter, he participated in the May 1924 Pacific Athletic Association track meet at Stanford. In 1925, he received a medal for setting a record in the one-half mile relay. He was captain of the track team in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Nesbits lived in Arizona. When Mildred's mother died in 1953, the Nesbits were living in San Diego. William Nesbit died in San Diego on April 2, 1986.

Arrangement

The Mildred Edna Leavitt Nesbit Papers are divided into the following series:

Series 1: Mildred Edna Leavitt

Series 2: William Scott Nesbit

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to University Archives Photo Archives as UNRA-P3546. William Nesbit's 1925 medal for setting a record in a one-half mile relay race, a bronze "N" on a leather strap, and a 72" x 50" silver and blue "N" blanket were transferred to the University Artifacts Collection, AC 0461.
Title
A Guide to the Papers of Mildred E. Leavitt Nesbit
Status
completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 28, 2012
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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University of Nevada, Reno
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