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Title:  Sparks Family Papers (2015-24)
Abstract:  John Sparks was a native of Mississippi that made his fortune in the cattle business and banking in Texas and Wyoming Territory after the Civil War. He married Nancy Elnora Knight in 1880 and moved to Elko County, Nevada where he continued cattle ranching operations. In 1902, Sparks became the 10th governor of Nevada, but passed away while in office during his second term in May 1908. Sparks was survived by his wife and four children: Maud Sparks McKenzie, Benton Hackett Sparks, Charles M. Sparks, and Leland John Sparks. Materials are comprised of 6.5 cubic feet, date from 1835 to 2009, and cover portions of the lives of John Sparks and members of his immediate family including his wife, daughters, sons, and grandson. Collection includes correspondence, business documents, newspaper clippings, gubernatorial ephemera, and memorabilia.
Creator(s):  Sparks, John, 1843-1908Sparks Family
Date(s):  Bulk, 1880-1910
Place(s):  Elko County (Nev.)--History; Goldfield (Nev.)--History; Nevada--Politics and government--20th century; Reno (Nev.)--History; Sparks (Nev.); Sparks (Nev.)--History
Subject(s):  Cattle--Nevada | Governors--Nevada
Collection Number:  2015-24
Title:  John Ascuaga's Nugget Records (2014-13)
Abstract:  The materials in the records of John Ascuaga's Nugget are a representation of the career of John Ascuaga as the sole owner and operator of the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada. These records detail the operations and expansion of the casino-resort over the decades beginning in the late 1950s and ending in the early 2000s prior to its sale. Materials cover the years 1917-2014 with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1960s through 1990 and include correspondence, internal and external newsletters, real estate and property records, news clips, magazine articles, promotional literature and ads, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia.
Creator(s):  Dick Graves' Nugget. (Reno, Nev.); John Ascuaga's Nugget. (Sparks, Nev.)Sparks Nugget, Inc.
Date(s):  Bulk, 1960-1990
Place(s):  Sparks (Nev.)--History
Subject(s):  Casinos--Design and construction | Casinos--History--Nevada--Sparks | Collective bargaining--Nevada | Entertainers--Nevada | Gambling--Nevada--History--20th century | Working elephants--Nevada
Collection Number:  2014-13
Title:  Sparks Historic Preservation Papers (93-12)
Abstract:  Field notes and photographs of historic structures in Sparks, Nevada, compiled for a class in historic preservation at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Creator(s):  Kosso, Lenore M., (Lenore Marie)
Date(s):  1983
Place(s):  Sparks (Nev.)--History
Subject(s):  Church buildings--Nevada--Sparks | Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Nevada--Sparks | Historic preservation--Study and teaching (Higher)--Nevada--Reno | Railroad stations--Nevada--Sparks
Collection Number:  93-12
Title:  Byrd Fanita Wall Sawyer Papers (NC536)
Abstract:  Manuscript and notes on the history of Nevada, including women teachers; Sparks and Churchill County, Nevada; and Paiute Indians. Also included are curriculum materials on Nevada history; correspondence about Sawyer's research, statistics on land ownership and use in Nevada, turkey production in the Fallon area, and copies of presidential executive orders establishing wildlife refugees in Nevada.
Creator(s):  Sawyer, Byrd Fanita Wall
Date(s):  1930-1963
Place(s):  Churchill County (Nev.)--History; Nevada--History--20th century; Sparks (Nev.)--History
Subject(s):  Agriculture--Nevada--Churchill County | Paiute Indians--History | Teachers--Nevada--Biography | Turkeys | Women authors--20th century | Women--West (U.S.)
Collection Number:  NC536