Archivists list treasure

CARSON CITY — They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be photos or handwritten records, promotional boxing posters or letters.

They can be important historical artifacts or bits of arcane memorabilia.

They are Nevada’s archival treasures, and they can be found in many places around the state, from the Walker African American Museum or the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas to the Lincoln County Historical Museum in Pioche.

People with an interest in the past, those doing genealogical research or government employees checking the historical record for an important bit of information all seek out the state’s archived documents and materials, many of which are managed and preserved by the Nevada State Library and Archives in the capital.

"Archives are the historical records that document our lives and serve as an accurate window to the history of our state, communities and families," state Archives Manager Jeff Kintop said.

In an effort to get the public interested in these records and as part of Nevada Archives Month, the agency has prepared an online "treasure map" to help Nevadans search out archives in their area.

"We put this treasure hunt together to see if people will go out and find something and send it back to us and let us know what they found," Kintop said. "It’s kind of a hook. We show them things to get them in so they can look for something else."

The oldest document held by the state archives office is First Records of Carson Valley, Utah Territory, dating to 1851, when people decided to winter over in Genoa in Northern Nevada. The document records land holdings by the settlers, among other information.

This "Publick Record," which has been posted online at the agency’s Web site, was used to record all legal transactions between Nov. 12, 1851, and March 5, 1855.

Kintop said the residents, including Absolam Woodward, who had the mail contract between Sacramento, Calif., and Salt Lake City, decided to write to the president seeking to become an independent territory. But Woodward never made it to Salt Lake City with the request, having been killed by American Indians on his way. It would be another decade before Nevada Territory was established by President Lincoln in 1861.

In a lighter vein, the agency has numerous pieces of correspondence between Gov. Edward Carville and Hollywood’s elite, along with other notables, regarding premiere of the film "Virginia City" in 1940.

The film premiered in Reno and Virginia City despite being filmed in Arizona, and numerous letters from those invited to attend were retained by the governor’s office.

"So the governor wrote to everybody who was anybody," Kintop said. "And whether they came or not, almost all of them wrote back."

There are letters with signatures from George Burns and Gracie Allen, who was running for president in 1940, William Powell, Jack Warner and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others.

The Allen presidential campaign, on behalf of the "Surprise Party," was some sort of publicity stunt.

The state archives office is also on a treasure hunt of its own, actually more of a long-term quest, to find one document that disappeared in 1964.

Kintop displayed a "true copy" of the original transcribed telegraph transmission to the state in 1864 announcing statehood. The copy was made from the original for the statehood centennial, which had been transcribed by some anonymous telegraph operator.

Copies were handed out for the 1964 event, but the original went missing.

"We had it, and it was in the Capitol building," he said. "The story goes that it was discovered by state Controller Keith Lee in 1964."

Lee’s personal political papers as controller were later donated to the Nevada Historical Society, but the original transcription was not found.

Kintop said that the document might turn up someday.

"It could just be misfiled," he said. "That happens a lot."

The original proclamation, with Lincoln’s signature, is in the National Archives, he said. The state office does not have a document with Lincoln’s signature, Kintop said.

If anyone questions the value of supporting an agency devoted to the preservation of Nevada’s historical documents, one event from 15 years ago should satisfy the skeptics.

In the early 1990s, Allen Wilson of Monticello in Elko County acquired a bond issued by the state of Nevada in 1865 with a 24 percent annual interest rate that he believed had never been redeemed.

Wilson sought to redeem it, which Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, who was deputy treasurer at the time, said would have meant "turning the keys of the state" to a private citizen. At 24 percent interest, Krolicki said the bond theoretically would have been worth trillions of dollars, more than the assessed value of the state itself.

Thanks to research by officials with the state archives, it was shown that the bond had been redeemed shortly after being issued, he said.

The state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in the matter, finding in 1994 that the bond was now worthless.

"State archives was instrumental in that excellent adventure," Krolicki said. "The records of this state are important."

State Archivist Guy Rocha said the office found the "smoking gun" to show the bond was paid off.

"We saved the state a whole lot of money, and if we’re saving the state money, we’re saving the taxpayers money," he said.

Contact Capital Bureau reporter Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or (775) 687-3900.

ad-high_impact_4
News
See Hollywood Memorabilia for Free This Week
Looking for something free to do this week? Julien's Auctions viewing room at Planet Hollywood is open to the public 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday at Planet Hollywood. Hundreds of iconic movie and television items are on display, including designs and props from Star Wars, Marilyn Monroe's undergarments, costumes from "Superman III," "The Nutty Professor" (1963), "Roseanne" and more. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hollywood Memorabilia Up For Grabs at Las Vegas Auction
Elvis Presley's car, Marilyn Monroe's bras, Han Solo's blaster, and Jerry Lewis's "Nutty Professor" suit are just some of the items that are up for auction at Julien's Auctions at Planet Hollywood June 22 and 23. The auction's viewing room at Planet Hollywood is open to the public 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday at Planet Hollywood. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Indoor farming in Southern Nevada
Experts discuss Nevada's indoor farming industry. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Fontainebleau could have become a Waldorf Astoria
Months after developer Steve Witkoff bought the Fontainebleau last summer, he unveiled plans to turn the mothballed hotel into a Marriott-managed resort called The Drew. But if Richard “Boz” Bosworth’s plans didn’t fall through, the north Las Vegas Strip tower could have become a Waldorf Astoria with several floors of timeshare units. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Springs Preserve Exhibit Shows Off "Nature's Ninjas"
"Nature's Ninjas" arrives at the Springs Preserve, in an exhibit and live show featuring critters that come with natural defenses, from armadillos to snakes, poison dart frogs to scorpions and tarantulas (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CrossRoads of Southern Nevada psychiatric urgent care to open in Las Vegas
Jeff Iverson, who operates the nonprofit sober living facility Freedom House, is opening a private addiction treatment center that will operate a detoxification center and transitional living for substance users trying to recover. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Metro Capt. Jaime Prosser gives update of officer-involved shooting
Metro Capt. Jaime Prosser provides an update about an officer-involved shooting at Radwick Drive and Owens Avenue in the northeast Las Vegas on Thursday. A robbery suspect was shot and killed. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Wayne Newton surprises burglars
Wayne Newton and his wife, Kathleen, arrived at their southeast Las Vegas home shortly before midnight on Wednesday to find two burglars inside their house. The burglars fled and were seen heading north through the property. Las Vegas police quickly set up a perimeter and launched an extensive search of the area, but the suspects were able to escape. It was unclear if the burglars got away with anything of value. Several items, under the watchful eyes of the police, were seen on the ground near the home's main driveway. Neither Newton, nor his wife, were injured. The Newtons were not available for comment.
Police Officers Turn Off Body Cameras
In four separate body camera videos from the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting released Wednesday, officers in a strike team are instructed to turn their body cameras off and comply with the request.
Debra Saunders reports from Singapore
Las Vegas Review-Journal White House correspondent talks about the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
How long will North Korea's denuclearization take?
In Singapore, Las Vegas Review-Journal White House correspondent Debra Saunders asks President Donald Trump how long North Korea's denuclearization will take. White House video.
LVCVA purchase of gift cards hidden
A former LVCVA executive hid the purchase of $90,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards in records at the agency. Brig Lawson, the senior director of business partnerships, said the money was for promotional events and did not disclose that it was for gift cards. Lawson also instructed Southwest employees to submit invoices without mentioning the purchases were for the cards. More than $50,000 of the cards cannot be accounted for. The convention authority is publicly funded . Lawson recently resigned.
Kim Jong Un visits Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his entourage visited the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore briefly Monday night, local time. (Video by Philip Chope)
Coca-Cola Bottle Purse Has 9,888 Diamonds
Designer Kathrine Baumann and jeweler Aaron Shum set the Guinness World Record for most diamonds (9,888) set on a handbag. The Coca Cola bottle-shaped purse was on display at the Coca Cola Store on the Strip. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sentosa Island a pleasure resort with a pirate past
The site of Tuesday's U.S.-North Korea summit is known for theme parks and resorts. But before that, it was known as a pirate island. (Debra Saunders/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Judge Sandra Pomrenze's comment about girl's hair
Nevada Races Full of Women From Both Sides
It's already been a historic election season for women in politics. Record numbers of women are running for political office all over the country - including Nevada. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
East Las Vegas home damaged by fire
Clark County Fire Department crews responded to a house fire in east Las Vegas Thursday morning. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
911 call: Mom tries to get to son shot at Route 91
A woman stuck on the interstate during the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, tries to get to her son. 911 call released by Las Vegas police.
Las Vegas 911 caller reports people shot on Oct. 1
A 911 caller on Oct. 1, 2017, reports several people shot at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas.
911 call from woman under stage in Las Vegas shooting
A 911 call from a woman underneath the stage at the Route 91 Harvest festival during the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas shooting.
LVCVA facing scandal over gift cards
LVCVA is facing a growing scandal over airline gift cards. LVCVA bought $90,000 in Southwest Airline gift cards between 2012 and 2017. Now auditors can’t account for more than $50,000 of the cards. CEO Rossi Ralenkotter and his family used $16,207 in gift cards on 56 trips. Brig Lawson, the senior director of business partnerships, was responsible for buying and distributing the cards. He recently resigned.
Siblings separated in the foster care system get a day together
St. Jude's Ranch for Children and Cowabunga Bay Cares program partnered to bring 75 siblings together for the day to play on the water slides and in the pools at the Henderson water park. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
People flee the Route 91 Harvest festival on Oct. 1, 2017
Las Vegas police released footage from a camera on Mandalay Bay of the Route 91 Harvest festival on Oct. 1, 2017
Aaliyah Inghram awarded medal of courage
Aaliyah Inghram, a 10-year-old girl who was shot while protecting her 18-month-old brother and 4-year-old cousin during a shooting on May 8, awarded medal of courage. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Las Vegans Pack Public Lands Open House
A crowd filled the Clark County Library conference room Tuesday afternoon where Clark County officials hold their first -- and possibly only -- public meeting on plans to open almost 39,000 acres of federal land for development just outside the Las Vegas metropolitan area. County commissioners are set to vote June 19 on a potentially controversial resolution seeking federal legislation that would set aside tens of thousands of acres for conservation while giving Nevada’s largest community more room to grow. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Police search Henderson Constable's home and office
Las Vegas police served search warrants Tuesday at Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell's home and office. The investigation was sparked by a Las Vegas Review-Journal story showing Mitchell wrote himself $70,000 in checks, used ATMs at casinos and video poker bars, and traveled to places his adult children live. All using county funds. Police refused to comment but Mitchell's attorney said he did nothing wrong.
Vegas Golden Knights fans shows his colors for community
Vegas Golden Knights superfan Lynn Groesbeck has wrapped his new truck with Knights logos and images. He loves how the Golden Knights are bringing community back to Las Vegas. People stop him on the street to take photos and share his support. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Acting Coach Daryl Morris on His Craft
Acting coach Daryl Morris, whose father Bobby was Elvis Presley's conductor in Las Vegas, discusses his craft and how he leads his own classes. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Constable wanted county funds to fight Review-Journal investigation
The Las Vegas Review-Journal asked for public records to investigate constable spending. But Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell hired outside counsel to fight the request. And he wanted the county to pay nearly $7,500 for those attorneys. The county declined. And records show the constable's office owes taxpayers $700,000. County officials said the money will be repaid over three years. Mitchell abandoned his re-election before the Review-Journal story ran.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
ad-infeed_1
ads_infeed_2
Local Spotlight
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like