Laxalt family correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BAQ007

Scope and Contents

BSQAP 0016 1920-1965

Photocopies: correspondence of Laxalt Family.

BSQAP 0017 1945-1970

Correspondence of Laxalt Family. Family genealogy from 1847 to 1897 Copy Number 267 of Carson City Daily Appeal with an article about Dominic Laxalt in the front page.


  • 1920-1965


Correspondence mostly in Basque, but there are also various letters in French.

Condition Governing Use

Restricted use. Must have written permission from Trustee

Biographical / Historical

In 1904, Dominique Laxalt (Liginaga, Zuberoa, 1886) arrived in the United States of America to work as a shepherd. In America, he met and married Thérèse Alpetche (Baigorri, Behe Nafarroa, 1891), who was also a Basque immigrant. The couple had six children: Paul, Robert, Suzanne, John, Marie and Peter. While Dominique worked in the mountains, Thérèse ran the French Hotel in Carson City and raised their children.

The six Laxalt children had different careers; Paul was a politician, Robert, an author, Suzanne, a nun, Marie, a schoolteacher, and John and Peter were both attorneys. Paul and Robert Laxalt were well-known in Nevada because of their occupations: Paul Laxalt became the 22nd Governor of Nevada for the Republican Party in 1967 and, later, he represented Nevada in the U.S. Senate. Robert Laxalt was one of the most acclaimed writers in Nevada. One of his most famous books is Sweet Promised Land, which tells the story of his parents.

Source: AUÑAMENDI. Dominique Laxalt. [Online]


1 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


Original personal correspondence of Laxalt Family.

A Guide to the correspondence of Laxalt Family
Under Revision
Irati Urkitza Ansoleaga
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

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