University Archives Sound Recordings Collection

Identifier: AC 0062
An artificial collection of sound recordings, 1950-1997. Identification of event or speaker is from information written on recording containers. The audio recordings were transferred to University Archives by various campus units at different times. Recordings include commencement program speakers, speeches and interviews by campus administrators and faculty, and interviews with Nevada writers. Of particular interest are Carl Sandburg's address at the 1959 commencement ceremony, the 1963 inaugural broadcast of KUNR, and the Western Writers series that features interviews by prominent regional authors, including Bill Douglass, Shaun Griffin, Teresa Jordan, Steven Nightingale, nila northSun, Gailmarie Pahmeier, Kirk Robertson, Bernie Schopen, Emma Sepulveda, and Sally Zanjani. The 1953 commencement program includes the inauguration of University President Minard W. Stout. In 2013, several of the recordings were transferred onto CD disks. The wire recordings of a University tour group's description of travel in Europe in 1950 were transferred to audiocassettes.


  • 1950-1997



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.


1.3 Cubic Feet (24 reels, 38 audiocassettes; 14 audio disks)


A collection of 5 in. reels, 7 in. reels, and audiocassettes of various University of Nevada events, speeches, and interviews.

Administrative Note

This collection consists of recordings of a University group that toured Europe in 1950, commencement programs between 1953-1979; Honors Convocations, 1970-1979; KUNR's inaugural program, 1963; a memorial service for student body president, Mike Ingersoll, 1966; interviews taken for the University Centennial, 1974, that include students and administrators; interviews by Dale Bohmond and Bernard Jones about the College of Agriculture, 1983, 1984, 1986; taped radio interviews with University President Joseph Crowley, 1985, 1990, 1994; and the Western Writers Series, 1997. Also included is a taped political commentary by Wallace "Wallie" Warren on the operation of the University, ca. 1957, and a KUNR Monday Night Poetry Reading from 1979.


The University Archives Sound Recordings Collection is arranged in four series by format:

Series 1: Reel-to-Reel Audio Recordings

Series 2: Audiocassettes

Series 3: Compact Discs

Series 4: Wire Recordings

Technical Requirements

Audio and/or video items may not be available for listening/viewing on demand due to their older genre formats.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from various campus units. The audiocassette of Carl Sandburg's 1959 commencement address was transferred from the NUB 24/04 University Commencement Records. The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center donated the audio recordings of the 1950 University Tour Group in 2003.


A Guide to the University Archives Sound Recordings Collection
Jim Bantin
December 19, 2012
Description rules

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)