About The University of Nevada Oral History Archive
The University of Nevada Oral History Archive is a database containing the transcripts of several hundred oral histories documenting Nevada’s communities, events, and people. The interviews, which date from the mid-1960s to the present, contain firsthand recollections of topics including mining, ranching, casino gaming, university history, politics and government, Great Basin Indians, and the experiences of various ethnic groups in the settlement and development of the West. The collection also features numerous biographical volumes of individuals whose lives illuminate important themes in the history of the state and region.
Many of these interviews were conducted by the University of Nevada Oral History Program, which was founded in 1964. Others were sponsored by or produced in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations including the Center for Basque Studies, Nevada Humanities, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the Regional Transportation of Washoe County (RTC Washoe), and the Library of Congress.
In many cases, the audio recordings from which these transcripts are derived are available to researchers upon request. However, because the verbatim transcripts often were reviewed and corrected by the persons interviewed, the edited transcripts are generally recognized as the account of record and may depart from the original recordings in sequencing and content.
The oral histories contained in this archive may be freely downloaded and/or printed for personal reference and educational use. Requests for permission to use transcripts or recordings for other purposes should be directed to the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, (775) 682-5665, firstname.lastname@example.org.