Background Sources for Nevada

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This entry was originally written by Nell Sachse Woodard and Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Nevada Family History Research series.
History of Nevada
Nevada Vital Records
Census Records for Nevada
Background Sources for Nevada
Nevada Maps
Nevada Land Records
Nevada Probate Records
Nevada Court Records
Nevada Tax Records
Nevada Cemetery Records
Nevada Church Records
Nevada Military Records
Nevada Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Nevada Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Ethnic Groups of Nevada
Nevada County Resources
Map of Nevada

  • Balboni, Alan. Beyond the Mafia: Italian Americans and the Development of Las Vegas. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1996. An authoritative account with 150 oral interviews illustrating the impact of Italian Americans on the growth and evolution of Las Vegas.
  • Carlson, Helen S. Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1974.
  • Dunbar, Andrew J., and Dennis McBride. Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History of the Great Depression. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2001. An account of the people who built the dam living in the tightly controlled confines of Boulder City, contrasted with the opposite environment in nearby Las Vegas.
  • Ford, Jean, Betty J. Glass, and Martha B. Gould, eds. Women in Nevada History: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Sources. Reno: Women's History Project, 2000. A bibliographic index of information from 425 books and publications covering 1881 to 1998.
  • Greene, Diane E. Nevada Guide to Genealogical Records. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 2000. Provides a comprehensive guide to Nevada's records and where they are located.
  • Greene, Diane E., and Gary E. Elliott, eds. Nevada: Readings and Perspectives. Reno: Nevada Historical Society, 1997. Forty-five articles that focus on the diverse aspects of Nevada history. Some are classics from the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly.
  • Hulse, James W. The Silver State. 2d ed. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1998. A textbook used at the college level, it provides a manageable overview of the state's history in a readable format.
  • James, Ronald M., and C. Elizabeth Raymond. Comstock Women: The Making of a Mining Community. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1997. A collection of fourteen essays recounting Nevada's past from women's perspectives.
  • Miranda, M. L. A History of Hispanics in Southern Nevada. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1997. Documents the contribution of Hispanics in mining, railroads, ranching, industry, and urban life. A pioneering study in previously neglected field of research.