About the Collection
The photographic images collections housed in the Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada, Reno Library contain more than 200,000 photographs, slides, and negatives. These images document life in Nevada and the surrounding region from the 1860's to the present.
Subjects images of people, places, events, and the state's major industries, including mining, water, ranching, divorce, gambling, recreation and railroading.
The main geographic focus of the collection is on the region of the state north of Clark County, the Great Basin region, the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada range, and the Lake Tahoe region.
Major western photographers in the collection include Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, Edward Curtis, Gus Bundy, R.J. Waters, Rolly Ham, and James Crockwell.
The images in this web-based collection are only a small fraction of the entire collection. They are chosen because of their popularity and importance in documenting the strengths of the collection. It is hoped that over the coming years that the entire collection can be presented on this website.