"Tahoe is the most beautiful lake I have ever beheld.  It is an emerald on the brow of the mountain.  Marvelously clear and sparkling, it is surrounded by the most enchanting scenery, and is altogether a surprise, a wonder, a delight. Some time I hope to be able to describe it.  I am vain enough to think I could do it; for I have only to close  my eyes, and the whole exquisite picture of radiant skies and autumnal banks and purple mountains and soft green water glows and melts and shimmers before me.  Ah, Nature was in a happy, tender, divine mood when she formed Lake Tahoe and its exquisite surroundings!"

Grace Greenwood, 1873, p. 185-6, New Life in New Lands : Notes of Travel

The Collection

Lake Tahoe has been called the jewel of the Sierra and for hundreds of years it has been a source of beauty and inspiration. The images in this collection represent only a small portion of the photographic images of Lake Tahoe in the Special Collections Department of the UNR Library. Images were chosen that would represent a wide range of topics, activities, geographical regions, and time periods.

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University of Nevada, Reno LibrariesSpecial CollectionsContact: Donnelyn Curtis