Libraries launches History of Women at Nevada project honoring female trailblazers

In celebration of Women’s History Month, University Libraries launched an interactive story map, titled ‘History of Women at Nevada.’

Women whose ideas and abilities have constructed the University

Women who have helped to construct the University of Nevada, Reno throughout history

Libraries launches History of Women at Nevada project honoring female trailblazers

In celebration of Women’s History Month, University Libraries launched an interactive story map, titled ‘History of Women at Nevada.’

Women who have helped to construct the University of Nevada, Reno throughout history

Women whose ideas and abilities have constructed the University

Women who have helped to construct the University of Nevada, Reno throughout history

Group of University students with stringed instruments, antique photoUniversity Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno is celebrating Women's History Month by launching a special interactive and engaging story map project titled, "History of Women at Nevada." The project honors those women whose ideas and abilities have constructed our University of Nevada, Reno throughout history, as well as those who are still trailblazing today. 

Interact with the project.

The project, created by Library staffer Natasha Majewski, recognizes the many achievements of women on campus from as early as 1904. It includes, but is not limited to, stories of the suffrage movement on campus, women in science, women bridging cultural divides, the rise of feminism, women in medicine, women's sororities, clubs and secret societies. A sample of the colleges and departments included in the project are history, mining and engineering, agriculture, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), Wolf Pack Athletics, biology, the Nevada Sagebrush and many more.

"Women's social norms and roles have shifted since the inception of the University," Majewski said. "Through photographs, audio clips, newspapers and yearbooks, we can begin to understand a small part of the story, history and significant role women have played on campus."

First university faculty member was a woman

Two young women mining students in hardhats pose next Mackay statue, antique photoOne woman of significance featured in the project includes the University's first faculty member, Instructor and Librarian Miss Hannah Clapp. Miss Clapp, a pioneer woman came to Nevada on a wagon train. She was known for her grit, capability, and tough-as-nails attitude and set a precedent for the many fierce women who would follow her. Others like her featured in the project have peppered our campus landscape with intelligence, fearlessness, and innovation.

"The goal of this project is to help current Nevada female students, faculty and staff recognize the achievements of the women who have come before us," Majewski said. "The project is a source of pride and illustrates the hard-fought battle female history-makers on campus endured to help future generations succeed."

From online to real space

While the project is digital in nature, there is a "real world" component to it. Approximately 10 images from the digital project will be on display in a variety of locations, colleges and buildings on campus.

"Images have been curated for display in certain buildings across campus where women's history was made," Majewski said. "These images illustrate, in real space, the footsteps powerful ladies in our campus' history took while achieving greatness. It is my hope that by bringing the library out into common spaces across campus, our community will see that indeed, we are all part of a story that is still being told. Women on campus today are setting the stage for the next 100 years of our University's history."

Learn more about this University Libraries Digital Initiatives project.

Students reading the Sagebrush student newspaper, antique photoGet Involved with University Libraries during Women's History Month

University Libraries will host a Nevada Women's Wikipedia Editathon on Wednesday, March 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mathweson-IGT Knowledge Center Dataworks Lab (MIKC 212). The Editathon will focus on creating and improving articles related to the many women who have had an impact on the battle born state. Whether you're an experienced Wikipedia editor, or a first-time contributor, please come contribute to this effort.

University Libraries wants to see and hear how you are making history at the University. Want to win a little cash to spend at the University Wolf Shop? If so we'd like you to enter our Women's History month photo contest. University Libraries will be giving away two $25 gift cards to the Wolf Shop for the best two photo submissions. Winners will be announced at the end of Women's History Month, 3/31/17, and notified via Facebook Messenger.

To enter:

  1. Like @KCatUNR on Facebook,
  2. Post a photo to the University of Nevada, Reno Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center Facebook page demonstrating how you are making history on campus and write a caption that explains your trailblazing ways,
  3. Use the hashtag #NevadaSheWolf so we can find it, and
  4. Tag a friend you know who is making history and would also like a chance to win
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