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NHS Library and Museum
circa 1913

Current NHS Library Research Room

NHS Library
circa 1958

The Nevada Historical Society's library, photograph and manuscript collections constitute the largest and most complete repository of materials related to the history of Nevada and the Great Basin. Historians, genealogists, local residents and visitors interested in delving into the past are welcome. Materials available to the public include books, newspapers and periodicals, print files, maps, government documents, subject files, ephemera, the manuscript collections of diverse individuals and organizations, and over 500,000 photographs.

The Research Library is open to the public from 12-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Finding aids, collection descriptions, indexes, and catalogues are available for the various collections; staff members are on hand to answer questions and to help you find materials you're looking for.

Photocopying of most documents is available for .25 per page. Staff and volunteers will do all photocopying. Photocopying of large orders which demand considerable time must be done by private researchers on an arranged fee basis. The NHS staff will assist patrons in providing an Independent Researchers list, if a private researcher is needed.

We reserve the right to restrict photocopying of vintage photographs and original documents as latent damage can occur to the binding, fragility issues and deed restrictions. Patrons should understand that there are restrictions on some manuscript collections and not everything is available for photocopying. 

  • Patrons should understand that possession of photocopied material does not give them copyrights or publication rights.
  • Entire collections (including books) will not be photocopied

However, reproductions of photographs images from the collection may be purchased. Please contact our Curator of Photography, Lee Brumbaugh, Ph.D at 775.688.1190 ext. 228 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you have any questions about the types of collection materials available, please contact our librarian, Michael Maher at 775.688.1190 ext. 227 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .