Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Nevada State Archives celebrates 50 years with Launch of Digital Collections Website

The digital website is a treasure-trove of historical documents and images related to Nevada's history that contains nearly 40,000 items including:
  • Historical Land Patents
  • Census Records
  • Territorial Histories
  • State Histories
  • Various state publications
  • Etc.
You may peruse the collections free of charge by going to http://www.nsladigitalcollections.org/

Here is a portion of the official Press Release, courtesy of the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records:


October 8, 2015
State Archives Celebrates 50 Years
with Launch of New Website

Carson City, NV – October is American Archives Month and it’s Nevada Archives’ 50thanniversary.  In recognition and celebration, the Nevada Department of Administration’s Division of State Library, Archives and Public Records is proud to announce the launch of a new Digital Collections website. The website showcases both Nevada’s history with documents dating back to 1851, as well as current state, county and local government reports:  http://www.nsladigitalcollections.org/

“This is the biggest thing to happen to State Archives and State Library since we merged in 1979,” said State Librarian Daphne DeLeon. “Fifty years ago the state archives program didn’t exist. Old records were kept in basements and attic rooms, and were nearly impossible to find. Now while the original archives are safe and secure in a protected environment, the public can view these fragile, historical documents on line.”  

The Archives’ component of the website is called “Historical Nevada Collections,” and has original and microfilmed documents from Nevada Territory and early statehood including letters, telegrams and court cases, as well as official reports on the military, mines, mental hospital, state police, prison and public schools. The historical collection also includes all patents for land sold by the state government to private individuals from 1865 to 2007. Furthermore, it has a complete collection on Sarah Winnemucca compiled from records in the National Archives, the Library of Congress and newspapers from Boston, Nevada, Idaho and Washington.

The Library’s component features the more recent publications produced by Nevada state, county and local government agencies and are featured in the “Electronic State Publications” portion of the website. This is now a convenient one-stop location to browse statewide agency reports covering a range of topics such as agriculture, healthcare, wildlife, and law:  http://www.nsladigitalcollections.org/
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and Governor proclaimed State Archives Day in Nevada, attend an open house at the State Library and Archives building to visit its research room and hear talks on Nevada History, MondayOctober 262 – 4 p.m. 100 N. Stewart St., Carson City, NV. For more information, please call (775) 684-3362.


More information regarding the 50th anniversary can be found in the following newspaper write-up:

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