Project Advisory Board

The statewide Project Advisory Board is comprised of historians, archivists, educators and librarians familiar with Nevada’s history and newspapers. The board is responsible for selecting and ranking newspaper titles for digitization. The Advisory Board is  facilitated by the Chair, Dr. Peter Michel (UNLV Special Collections). The project Chair facilitator leads the discussions, collects the ranking information, and compiles the final results. Dr. Michel is also the contact for anything that needs Board approval or review.

Advisory Board Members

Alicia Barber
  • Founder, Stories in Place (Historical consulting firm)
  • Editor and Co-Founder of  Reno Historical
  • Host, Time & Place with Alicia Barber KUNR
  • Member, Nevada State Board of Museums and History
  • Board of Directors, Preserve Nevada
  • Author of Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City
  • Silver Pen Award, 2014, Nevada Writers Hall of Fame
  • Co‐editor of We Were All Athletes: Women’s Athletics and Title IX

[meet Alicia]


Michael Bowers
  • Professor of political science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • (Former) UNLV Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Author of The Sagebrush State, a seminal text on the history of Nevada government and The Nevada Constitution: A Reference Guide
  • Distinguished Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • College of Liberal Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Donald Schmiedel Lifetime Service Award
  • UNLV Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Board of Regents Outstanding Advisor Award
  • Author of more than two dozen articles in his specialization of public law
  • Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

[meet Michael]


Patty Cafferata
  • Writer for local historical topics column for the Reno Gazette Journal
  • First woman elected to the Nevada State Treasurer‘s office 1982
  • (Former) District Attorney for three Nevada counties (Lincoln, Lander, and Esmeralda)
  • (Former) President of the Reno Historic Preservation Society (HRPS)
  • Author of
    • The Goldfield Hotel: Gem of the Desert
    • Mapes Hotel: The History of Reno’s Landmark Hotel and Casino
    • More than a Song and a Dance: The Heyday of Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada, circa 1863 to 1897
    • Lake Mansion: Home to Reno’s founding families 
    • Christmas in Nevada


Donnelyn Curtis
  • Director of Research Collections and Services at the University of Nevada Reno Libraries
  • Head of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Nevada Reno Libraries
  • Author of E‐Journals: A How‐To‐Do‐It Manual for Building, Managing, and Supporting Electronic Journal Collections
  • The Journals of Alfred Doten, 1849-1903 (co-editor)
  • Illuminating Reno’s Divorce Industry (project manager)
  • Reno Historical, web page and app (co-project manager)
  • Sheepherders of Northern Nevada (co-editor)
  • Tahoe Research, Scholarship and Outreach (team member)
  • Basque Database (co-director, NEH grant, June 2003 – August 2005)
  • Electronic journals Web pages (co-implementer)
  • SFX linking (co-implementer)

[meet Donnelyn]


Jeff Kintop 
  • (Former) Administrator at the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
  • (Former) Nevada Representative to the Library and Archives Preservation Institute, Nevada Governor’s Conference on the Future of Libraries, White House Conference on the Future of Libraries, SAA Preservation Management Institute and Archives Leadership Institute
  • Co-Author of
    • What Time is This Place? (1982)
    • Preserving Nevada’s Documentary Heritage (1986)
    • History of the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion (1986)
    • The Earps’ Last Frontier: Wyatt and Virgil Earp in Nevada, 1897‐1905 (1989)

Eva La Rue
  • Curator of the Central Nevada Museum
  • Treasurer of the Central Nevada Historical Society

Peter Michel, Chair of Advisory Board 
  • Curator at UNLV Libraries, Special Collections
  • (Former) Director of Special Collections at UNLV Libraries
  • (Former) Director of Library and Archives at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis
  • Deputy Coordinator of the Nevada State Historical Records Advisory Board

Eric Moody
  • Vice President, Board of Trustees of the Sparks Heritage Foundation and Museum
  • History Instructor; Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, Old College, and Chapman College
  • Partner, Nevada in the West Publishing
  • Editorial chair, the Reese River Reveille (a magazine-style revival of the pioneer Austin, Nevada, newspaper that began in 1863)
  • Former Editor, Nevada in the West magazine
  • Author:
    • Biography of Nevada governor Vail Pittman: Southern gentleman of Nevada politics: Vail M. Pittman
    • Western Carpetbagger: The Extraordinary Memoirs of “Senator” Thomas Fitch
    • Flanigan: Anatomy of a Railroad Ghost Town
    • A study of early casino gambling in Nevada (1931-1945)
    • Brewed in Nevada: A History of Nevada’s Beers and Breweries (a booklet coauthored with Robert Nylen)
  • (Former) Manuscripts curator at the Nevada Historical Society 
  • (Former) Acting Director at the Nevada Historical Society

C. Elizabeth Raymond
  • Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno: U.S. history, social history, cultural history, American studies, gender, and landscape 
  • Author of:
    • George Wingfield: Owner and Operator of Nevada
    • Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe (with Peter Goin)
    • Comstock Women: The Making of a Mining Community (with co‐editor Ronald James)

[meet Elizabeth]


Ron Reno
  • Nevada archaeologist specializing in historical and industrial archaeology and historical contexts for archaeological sites

Barry Smith
  • Executive Director of the Nevada Press Association
  • (Former) Editor for the Nevada Appeal
  • 30 years journalism experience

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