University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association Records

Identifier: AC 0343

Scope and Contents

The Alumni Association Records contains material that documents the history and activities of the Alumni Association. Committees, one of the largest series in the collection, contains meeting agendas, minutes, correspondence, and supporting documentation for many of the committee associated with the Alumni Association. Committees include the Executive Committee, Administrative Board (tasked with managing the financial side of the Association), Alumni Council, the University Club, and various ad hoc and subcommittees dedicated to annual and special events. Some flyers are included for events are included.

The second largest series in the collection documents two annual events for the Association: Homecoming and the Annual Golden Reunion. Since the 1920s, the Alumni Association has been involved in the organization of homecoming for the University. Culminating with a football game, homecoming typically lasts from 2-5 days each fall and includes multiple alumni and student events. Events include a parade, tailgating before the game, a dance, among others. Memorabilia, such as game day posters, brochures, announcements, and a few Wolves' Frolic programs, are included in the series.

Part of the Alumni Association's mission is to connect former university students to their alma mater. Special events hosted throughout the year, including Vintage Nevada (Series 6), and alumni chapters (Series 9) help the Association to fulfill its mission. Regional chapter records in the collection include charters, correspondence, press releases, and event announcements. The collection also contains a small collection of memorabilia donated by various alumni.

Morrill Hall, one of the icons of the University of Nevada, Reno campus, was built in 1885. By the 1970s, the building was in need of restoration work. The Alumni Association was instrumental in coordinating the work needed to restore the building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Series 4, Morrill Hall Restoration Committee, contains documents about the restoration work that took place during the 1970s and includes architectural feasibility studies and work completed by Reno architect Edward S. Parsons, as well as committee minutes, correspondence, and supporting documents.

Finally, the collection contains a small number of publications, series 11, created by the Association. The vast majority of the publications are alumni directories, most of which were published in the University of Nevada Bulletin. This series does not include newsletters produced by the Alumni Association (for information on newsletters, please see the related archival materials note in this finding aid).


  • 1868-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1898-2004


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.

Administrative History

The University of Nevada Alumni Association was organized in 1894/95 and encourages the relationship between the University and its alumni to promote the welfare of the institution. In 1947, it became a private corporation. The Association's activities include regional chapters, support for student activities, and alumni continuing education. The Association was instrumental in the 1974 restoration of Morrill Hall, the oldest building on the Reno campus.

All students who have attended the university for at least one semester or who have graduated from the university are included in its membership. Active members contribute to the Alumni Annual Fund and are entitled to vote on candidates for the Alumni Council. Officers and council members are elected annually during Homecoming weekend. The Association also works closely with the Alumni Relations office, which acts as a liaison between the association and the University, in support of a variety of programs, including homecoming.

The Association is also comprised of a number of committees and groups, including the Alumni Council and the University Club. The Alumni Council oversees the group's activities, policies, and finances. The University Club was established in 1978 under the auspices of the Alumni Association as a supplemental organization to encourage service projects benefitting the University and the wider community and to serve as a forum for University-Community relations. It later became an independent organization. Its membership is composed of alumni, university faculty and staff, and members of the community. In 1992, it became an Alumni Chapter in the Alumni Association. Membership is open to alumni and friends of the University.

In addition to these two main committees, a number of sub- and ad hoc committees come together to organize special events and activities, such as student activities and development of programming for alumni continuing education. Programs supported include Homecoming, Alumni College, the Senior Scholar Award, the Golden Reunion, graduation receptions, Young Alumni activities, and regional alumni chapter development throughout Nevada and in other states.


14.344 Linear Feet (18 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The University of Nevada Alumni Association was organized in 1894 and encourages the relationship between the University and its alumni to promote the welfare of the institution; in 1947, it became a private corporation. The Association's activities include regional chapters, support for student activities, and alumni continuing education. Collection contains a variety of material relating to the history of the Alumni Association, including the 1917 constitution, bylaws, Executive Committee meeting minutes, correspondence, fundraising campaign material, and reports. Also includes records for regional chapters, the University Club, homecoming and golden reunions, and memorabilia.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Administrative; 2) Annual Fundraising and Events; 3) Committees; 4) Morrill Hall Restoration; 6) Alumni Council; 7) Vintage Nevada; 8) Homecomings and Golden Reunions; 9) University Club; 10) Alumni Chapters; 11) Alumni Memorabilia; and 12) Publications

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alumni Relations Office, which works closely with the Alumni Association. Miscellaneous memorabilia donated by alumni or their relatives.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by University Archives:

Graduation Gift Luncheon (AC 0294) Alumni Association Records, 1977-1993 (AC 0390) Charles Paul Keyser Collection (AC 0103) University Artifact Collection (AC 0461) Nevada Alumni Council Records (AC 0564) The University of Nevada: A Centennial History, pp. 229-231 (LD 3749 .N3 H8) "Hello, Dolly" photographs (UNRA-P1362) Songs of the University of Nevada Collection (AC 0633) Nevada Silver and Blue (Archives book collection LD3761.8 .S558)

Separated Materials

Photographs and slides transferred to the University Archives Photograph Archives as collection number UNRA-P3376.

Processing Information

All materials originally received in a binder have been removed for preservation purposes. Two copies of most materials have been retained; additional copies discarded.

  • catering invoices and auction bid sheets
  • catering invoices
  • catering & event invoices; silent auction bid sheets/payments
  • Catering invoices, auction bid sheets
  • 5 Alumni Directories (1989, 2995, 2003 - 4 print, 1 disk)
  • UNR Alumni Chapter Manual (1958) in temporary call number NUB 60/01 - from shared box 31233012540985
  • bound volume of University of Nevada Alumnus, 1942-1947) 1949 unbound issue of Nevada Alumnus
  • University of Nevada Desert Wolf (Vol. X, No. 8; May 1932); M\one May 2007 Commencement program
  • non-Nevada books
  • 1911/12 Biennial report of the regents of State University and report of the president; 1921University of NV Bulletin (re: Military Science)
  • Reno divorce leaflet by Sybil Huntington; Granada Theatre programme; framed photo of cattle crossing river
Guide to the University of Nevada, Reno, Alumni Association Records
Betty Glass
May 2010
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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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