The Tribal Archives department was established in 1992. The department collects and preserves records that document the origin, development, and achievements of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
Historical Records, 1900-1933
The historical records contain letters and minutes from early Tribal Council meetings and copies of documents retrieved from the National Archives and Federal Records Centers. Most of the records relate to the early formation of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
- Early Census Records
- Correspondence with Indian Agencies
- Land Acquisitions
- Social Issues and Customs
The Archives department also consists of cartographic records. The records consist of maps, plats, cadastral surveys, aerial photographs of tribal lands and residential lots. The Archives also houses some 12,000 photographs. The largest collection is the Native Nevadan Collection which documents 26 years of tribal history.
Other photographic collections include:
- Organizational photos of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
- Save the children Federation of Northern Nevada
- Stewart Indian School
- Aristeo Blanco Powwow Collection
- Personal family collections
Memoirs written by tribal elders reflect growing up on the Colony, early education, health care, recreational activities and family traditions.
Periodicals & Newspaper Clippings
The Archives department offers a wide variety of Native American periodicals and newspapers clippings that include:
- The Native Nevada News Periodicals
- RSIC Tribal Newsletters
- Various Tribal Newsletters
- Newspaper Articles
This collection consists of tapes, videos, and CD’s from several Nevada Tribes that reflect the history and traditions of the Paiute people. It also includes oral histories from community members.
Office Hours & Location
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Appointment is recommended
Archives and Records
15A Reservation Road
Reno, NV 89502
Joyce Melendez, Tribal Archivist
Trisha Howcroft, Archives Assistant