Mildred E. Leavitt Nesbit Papers
Scope and Contents
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.
- Nesbit, Mildred E. Leavitt, 1905- (Creator, Person)
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Mildred Edna Leavitt Nesbit, the daughter of Dr. Granville Ernest Leavitt (1972-1923) and Mary Ceclia Johns (1880-1953) of Yerington, Nevada, was born in May 15, 1904. Her mother, Mary Cecelia Johns Leavitt, was born in New Zealand. Dr. Granville Leavitt died in 1923. Mildred had two brothers, Granville Irving (1906-1963) and Joseph (1907-1987). 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 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, Nevada. 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. Mildred passed away on July 9, 1996 in Nevada City, California.
1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
Mildred Edna Leavitt Nesbit (1904-1996) was the daughter of Dr. Granville Ernest Leavitt and Mary Ceclia (Johns) of Yerington, Nevada. 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 (1907-1987). The collection primarily consists of memorabilia from Mildred's senior year at the University of Nevada, some personal correspondence, and materials from William Nesbit, Mildred's husband.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Mildred Edna Leavitt; 2) William Scott Nesbit
Photographs transferred to University Archives photo archives as collection number 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.
- Alpha Phi. Theta Chapter (University of Michigan)
- Alpha Tau Omega
- College students -- Nevada
- Dawes, Chester L. (Chester Laurens), 1886- (Creator)
- Eyre, Thomas Taylor (Creator)
- Holmes, Harry N. (Harry Nicholls), 1879-1958 (Creator)
- Marks, Lionel S. (Lionel Simeon), 1871-1955 (Creator)
- Nesbit, Mildred E. Leavitt, 1905-
- Nesbit, William Scott
- Rothrock, David A. (David Andrew), 1864-1949 (Creator)
- Guide to the Mildred E. Leavitt Nesbit Papers
- Betty Glass
- August 28, 2012
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