Closer to the Land: Environment and Ecology in Nevada now on display at Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

The exhibit focuses on the contrasting environments found in Nevada and the Great Basin, and the relationship of the environment to its living inhabitants including humans, animals, and plants.

Landscape image of the Nevada desert


2/22/2019 | By: Jill Stockton |

The Special Collections and University Archives Department at University Libraries along with the University's Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada, Reno is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit Closer to the Land. Closer to the Land is now on display and can be found on the third floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features written and visual materials regarding Nevada's diverse landscapes and wildlife populations from Special Collections and University Archives' extensive holdings of environmental collections. Additionally, it features several three-dimensional objects including skulls, specimens, and taxidermied mounts from the University of Nevada, Reno Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit focuses on the contrasting environments found in Nevada and the Great Basin, and the relationship of the environment to its living inhabitants including humans, animals, and plants. The beauty and diversity of Nevada has been described as one the nation's best kept secrets-rather than a "wasteland," it is a place ripe with beauty and life hidden in the seemingly desolate landscape. 

Horses running across the Nevada Desert

The Special Collections and University Archives Department is part of University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno. It provides access to unique, specialized and historically significant resources in a variety of formats to support research, teaching and learning at the University. Other researchers and members of the public are welcome and encouraged to use the collections and services in the reading room and online. Materials available include, but are not limited to: manuscripts, photos, architectural drawings, book arts, rare books, political papers, mining materials, materials on the Great Basin Indians, Nevada history and culture and archives on the history of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Special Collections is located on the third floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with special appointments available.

University Libraries embrace intellectual inquiry and innovation, nurture the production of new knowledge, and foster excellence in learning, teaching and research through scholarly resources, creative learning spaces, cutting-edge technology, and world-class service.

For more information on Closer to the Land, University Libraries events or to support University Libraries please contact Robin Monteith at 775-682-5656 | robinmonteith@unr.edu.

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