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David Walker Hayes Papers

Identifier: AC 0059
The David Walker Hayes Papers include some of his academic material, room and board receipts, track event and theatrical programs, scattered issues from several years of the University of Nevada's college magazine, "The Student Record," and a copy of the commencement address for 1897. There is also a copy of a June 8, 1899, letter to Hayes from alumnus Robert M. Brambilla, while Brambilla was an Army lieutenant stationed in the Philippine Islands. Of particular interest is the Constitution and By-Laws booklet for the University's Adelphi Literary Society and a program for the play "Among the Breakers" performed by the Philomathean Society in 1899.


  • 1894-1900



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.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Collection contains university memorabilia: room and board receipts, athletic and theatrical programs, and photographs. Included is copy of letter to Hayes from Robert M. Brambila, while Brambila was in the Philippine Islands, June 8, 1899.

Biographical Sketch

David Walker Hayes attended Nevada State University from 1896-1900. He was a resident of Lincoln Hall Dormitory and participated in athletics and various student societies (including the local fraternity, T.H.P.O.). He served as Cadet Major for the Cadet Corps his senior year and managed the University's Military Department after Lieutenant E. W. Hubbard was called to active duty in the Spanish-American War. Upon graduation, Hayes married a fellow graduate, Ida May Holmes. He retired in 1952 after a 40-year career as an engineer for the Canada Land and Irrigation Company. He died in 1958. Ida M. Holmes Hays died in 1969, survived by son Hayord Hays and two daughters.

Variant spelling of surnames: "Hayes" is the spelling of the surname on David Walker Hayes' printed graduation invitation name card in 1900 and written on the cover of the 1897 Baccalaureat Address booklet in the collection. "Hays" is the spelling of the surname for his obituary and that of his wife, and is the spelling used by their son in a letter to the Alumni Association in 1979.

Robert M. Brambila was an 1897 graduate from the University of Nevada. His surname appeared as "Brambilla" in an issue of "The Student Record."


The David Walker Hays Papers are arranged in five series:

Series 1: Correspondence and Obituaries

Series 2: Academics and Athletics

Series 3: Student Organizations

Series 4: Miscellaneous University Material

Series 5:The Student Record (publication)

Related Materials

The University Libraries have more issues of "The Student Record" in the KC Microform Collection: Microfilm N0447, reels 1-3 and in print in University Archives: LH 1 .U55 S784 (Volumes 1-15, 1893-1910).

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to University Archives Archival Images as UNRA-P3622. Among the photographs was a handwritten key to a football team photograph, providing name, team position, and weight. No photograph of the football team was included in the collection, however.


A Guide to the Papers of David Walker Hayes
Betty Glass
August 2008
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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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