State’s historic records highlighted during National Archives Week
To help show people the value of historic records, the Nevada State Library and Archives is presenting an exhibit titled “Homeland Security 1936.”
The display is a collection of 70-year-old photographs of the Nevada National Guard Winnemucca Company F, the 115th Engineers.
“We chose this set of photos to highlight Archives Week because they are a great example of how important historical documents can be lost if people don’t care enough to preserve them,” said Jeff Kintop, State Archives manager.
He said the collection on display at the state library was discovered by an individual at a guard facility who recognized their historic value and donated them to the state for preservation.
The photos show Capt. Robin McCormick and the 115th Engineers during training exercises at Camp Merriam near San Luis Obispo, Calif. They were in a scrapbook kept by the Battery B, 1st Gunnery Battalion in the Winnemucca National Guard Armory.
They are on display in recognition of Nevada Archives Week, hosted by the state Historical Records Advisory Board to raise public awareness of the importance of archival and historic records.
“Most people believe archives are simply old records, and they think only of the state Constitution, dusty, bound volumes containing the proclamations of long-dead governors and faded photographs. But that isn’t necessarily so,” said Kintop.
He said State Archives is constantly receiving new documents and artifacts for preservation.
Archives Week provides an opportunity to show off some of the state’s historic records and treasurers. Kintop said those interested can go to the state library or to http://www.NevadaCulture.org and click on “Archives Week.”