When you love your work… and, Sarah Winnemucca!

In this blog we are going to highlight the work of John Wayne Warren from the Image and Preservation Services Lab of the Nevada State Library. Warren has worked on Nevada’s Chronicling America grant since the first cycle! That means every single Nevada news-issue that is currently, or in process of digitization was originally pulled from the vault by him. He has duplicated over 300,000 newspaper pages for us! Can you believe it!?

The number of images and documents that have run through John’s hands throughout his career cannot be counted (millions upon millions! He says, “A lot of history”). He has assisted in the preservation of documents, maps, pictures …and the list goes on;  all from various places and subjects from mine sites, wildlife, to the Supreme Court!

He feels great satisfaction when images or documents he has handled become open and accessible to the public, stating, “My favorite part of my job is when I see my work get used or published. When someone shows up with a page from microfilm — it makes me feel useful in life.” (He also has a great sense of humor.) When I asked him how he describes his work to people, he said, “It’s like telling a fishing story.  I get excited and feel very proud with a glim in my eye.”

And, out of all these years, he claims that Chronicling America is his favorite project he has worked on. 🙂

John is vital to the success of our project. He also reads the densities in our film and records it pre-digitization (as seen in a picture of us below). Honestly, we could never pull off this project without him!

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I know he loves this project, he is always spreading ‘the word’ through outreach for us – he said he is “proud to be as loud as possible” when he talks about the program.

The National Digital Newspapers Program Nevada staff from UNLV visited the Nevada State Library in June (see a previous blog) and we had a fascinating tour of his work area. The machines in operation are quite impressive, John thinks so too – he can work the format scanner to the film scanner, AND he enjoys it, saying, “It’s just so darn rewarding…the harder it is to get there, the better. “

When I asked him how he prepared for his job, he turned the statement around and claims the job has actually prepared him for an exciting life! “When I started working [here] I had no idea I would be part of anything like this in my life. I stumbled across this line of work and it fit, really well! It gave me the desire to do good. Something to look forward to.”

He is so good at his job! AND, you can tell when someone loves their job because the passion and quality really show in the work product. His work is pristine.

Seriously an inspiration!

When I asked him about the most unique image or item he has worked with (besides Chronicling America) he shared his break to be see the Sarah Winnemucca statue come to life AND he also got the opportunity to hold old pictures that now belong to the family of Sarah Winnemucca! [Of course, wearing preservation gloves] He tells us, “It was so exciting… and to watch the statue come to life in front of our very eyes was amazing. The sculpture was in clay form in the viewing section of our building while [the artist] was creating it.” We agree and are amazed too. (Photo below)

Also, while we are discussing Sarah Winnemucca, do check out the fascinating collection hosted by the Nevada State Library!




Many people involved… Let’s start with Imaging Preservation Services at the State Library!

In an effort to highlight the many people that make our project possible, we are going to take you on a ‘trip’ to the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records of Carson City. This is our source for every newspaper page we digitize.

We had a ‘chat’ with the Imaging and Preservation Services (IPS) supervisor, Heather Hahn, and we learned a lot about this division’s vital service to the State and local government agencies in addition to many educational and cultural agencies (yes, including University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries!).

One of the most interesting tasks handled by the IPS is digitization. The IPS contributes to the preservation of Nevada’s history by creating digital surrogates or copies of historical documents or images.  This digital copy can then be utilized by anyone interested in history, eliminating potential damage to the original.  Digitization also increases access; making documents available to the general public that otherwise only few would be granted the opportunity.

Hahn tells us her favorite part of her position is seeing up close and personal some amazing and inspiring historical documents; and when asked to give us an example, she tells us “… in preparation for the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we digitized the legislation that gave women the right to vote in Nevada.”   Wow. How amazing is that? (We are going to have to check where the digital image is housed… stay tuned…)

And beyond just scanning a document, you may be surprised to learn that they have the capability to scan bound books, newspapers, negatives of any size, slide film, and microfilm/microfiche, etc.  They also provide digital restoration services of historical images, upon request!

SO more about images… We couldn’t resist – – – when considering how many images go through the IPS – we asked, what is the most unique image you have seen?
And voila, (after receiving permission to share), just look at this beautiful picture of Lake Tahoe at sunset!  – Photographer:  Kippy S. Spilker, Art Director of Nevada Magazine!

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“With all the different imaging projects we work on, I come across so many unique and amazing images.  The one that stands out to me, not necessarily because it is unique but breathtaking, is a panoramic aerial photo of Lake Tahoe at sunset… just stunning! It was taken by the Art Director of the Nevada Magazine https://www.nevadamagazine.com/ .”

Isn’t that fascinating?  Now you know more about the Nevada State Library IPS!

We want to highlight our partners up in Carson City more, so ‘stay tuned’ for more! Thanks to the Nevada State Library Archives and Public Records, IPS division for sharing with us!

If you wish to learn more about our State Library, visit their site http://nsla.nv.gov/home

current status

Hi, friends of newspapers,

I wanted to update you  – we are waiting to hear if Unionville gets accepted, this is the batch with Las Vegas Age pages (and some Las Vegas Times). If you cannot wait and need to read the pages now, do not fret- UNLV Digital Collections has them already live: LAS VEGAS AGE

I am almost done doing the second & final phase of Quality Review on batch Arrowhead. I hope to have it sent for Library of Congress review by mid-August.

This batch contains: 10,003 pages
Yerington Times (1907-1922)
Lyon County Times (1906-1907)
The Silver State (1875-1880)

I will keep you all posted as things happen! Hope you are all having a great summer!


ps- I took a road trip up to Goldfield and Tonopah this summer, I hope to post some photos as many of our papers come from these two fabulous towns!


Partner Trip to Northern Nevada

We just got back from a Partners trip in Carson City, Virginia City, and Reno, Nevada. We are very excited to share details of our trip with you!

 Day One… Carson City

We visited Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records

We had great dialogue  with our partners regarding preserving newspapers of our past.

We discussed: State level priorities, newspaper sustainability, newly digitized papers, other forthcoming projects, and the future of the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project.  Our “sister” project of the Las Vegas Age was presented as well .

We had a great time discussing current and planned outreach ideas, promotions, and education using historic newspapers.

We received a warm welcome by our partners up north – including tours of the treasures within.

Day Two… Virginia City

We visited local businesses, the community library (Storey County Library), and multiple museums to spread the good word of Chronicling America.

The locals were  very friendly and every one of them had an interest in history and historic newspapers.

Day Three and Four… Washoe County School District, Reno

One of our goals is to bring newspapers into the classroom (Kindergarten through grade 12).  Carrie, the NDNP project coordinator, was able to meet with a school librarian from Traner Middle School, Sara Lediard. During their time together, Sara and Carrie discussed using primary sources in the classroom, Chronicling America, existing educational material, what teachers are seeking, how to contact teachers, and much, much more.

They began designing a lesson for 4th grade youth, “Advertising through the Ages” which is based off a lesson used in Oregon. The lesson for Nevada is similar, collecting and analyzing ads in Nevada (or national) newspapers published in the late 1800s, early 1900s, then today – comparing, analyzing, observing, questioning the ads of our history and today is a great way for school kids to learn history! To see pictures relating to the lesson, see the slideshow!


Special Thanks to everyone who made this trip so great:

Heather Hahn, State Library
John Warren, State Library
Tod Colgrove, State Library
Tammy Westergard, State Library
Jeff Kintop, Advisory Board
Donnie Curtis, Advisory Board and UNR Libraries
Cynthia Laframboise, State Archive
Annie Gaines, State Library
Peter Michel, UNLV Libraries
Cory Lampert, UNLV Libraries
Carrie Stewart, UNLV Libraries
Stacey Fott, UNLV Libraries
Jason Vaughan, UNLV Libraries

International Archives Week, June 3-9

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Did you know that June 3rd-9th is International Archives Week?! This year’s International Archives Week theme is Designing the Archive.

We are very excited and we will be sharing our project via the IDNA . To learn more about IDNA, see this page: https://idnaproject.org/

We have a lot of images in our collection of Nevada papers via Chronicling America and we will be choosing a few to highlight for celebration of International Archives Week, culminating in International Archives Day on 9 June 2019.

For further reading: International Council on Archives  &   IDNA Blog

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