David Walker Hayes Papers

Identifier: AC 0059

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1891-1979
  • Majority of material found within 1896-1905


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.

Biographical Note

David Walker Hayes attended Nevada State University from 1896-1900 and received a degree from the School of Mines. 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 classmate, 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 daughters Vida and Alice.

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 Baccalaureate 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.


0.41 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



David Walker Hayes attended the University of Nevada, 1896-1900. He was a resident of Lincoln Hall Dormitory, and participated in athletics and various student societies. The 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, class of 1897, while Brambila was in the Philippine Islands, June 8, 1899.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence and Obituaries; 2) Academics and Athletics; 3) Student Organizations; 4) Miscellaneous University Material; 5) The Student Record

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Hayord Holmes Hays in 1980. An additional donation was made by Alice Hays Scheid in 1997.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to University Archives photo archive as collection number 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.


Guide to the David Walker Hayes Papers
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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