Overview

Title: John Ascuaga's Nugget Records
Creator(s): Dick Graves' Nugget. (Reno, Nev.); John Ascuaga's Nugget. (Sparks, Nev.)Sparks Nugget, Inc.
Collection Number: 2014-13
Dates (inclusive): 1917-2014
Physical Extent: 17.0 cubic feet (29 boxes)
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/2014-13-ead.xml

Historical Note

John Ascuaga was born in Caldwell, Idaho in January 1925 and attended elementary and high school in the nearby town of Notus. Ascuaga’s parents, who immigrated to the United States from the Basque country in Spain in the early 1900s, imparted the importance of a strong work ethic and the value of education on their children. Ascuaga’s father, Jose, originally made his living in the sheep business, but eventually sold his shares and instead purchased land, which became the Ascuaga family farm. After high school, Ascuaga attended the University of Idaho at Moscow where he earned a degree in accounting. Following his graduation in 1951, he entered Washington State University at Pullman and, one year later in 1952, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in hotel and restaurant management.

It was during summer vacations away from college while working as a bellman at the Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho that a young Ascuaga received his first taste of the resort industry. Soon after graduation, Ascuaga met restaurateur, Richard “Dick” Graves who owned several restaurants and resorts around Idaho that operated slot machines when it was still legal to do so in certain parts of the state. Graves hired Ascuaga as food manager for his Coeur d’Alene operations. In 1954, when Idaho declared slot machines illegal statewide, Graves relocated his operations to Nevada and Ascuaga followed.

Graves opened his first casino in Yerington and named it the Nugget. Three additional locations followed: the Carson City Nugget, the Reno Nugget, and finally the Sparks Nugget. By this time, the business partnership between Dick Graves and his associate, Jim Kelly had dissolved. In the split, Kelly kept the Reno Nugget and Graves moved on to Sparks without him. Graves named Ascuaga general manager of the Sparks Nugget, which opened in March 1955 as a small 60-seat coffee shop with handful of slot machines.

By all accounts Graves was an astute businessman, many people considered him a marketing genius for the ways in which he promoted his casino. One of the earliest and most outrageous promotions involved “Happy” Bill Howard, who Graves hired to sit on a six-foot-wide platform, 60 feet above the Nugget parking lot. Two years earlier in 1953, Howard set the previous world pole-sitting record of 196 days. This time he remained on his perch for 204 days before coming down and pocketing $5,000 from Graves.

In May 1958, the Nugget moved from the north to the south side of B Street and into a new 36,000 square foot property complete with a large casino floor, five restaurants, two bars, and banquet rooms. Aside from other attractions, the new location proudly featured a 15-pound solid gold rooster statue that Graves put on display to publicize his fried chicken restaurant, the Golden Rooster Room. Not long after its unveiling, two U. S. Treasury agents seized the rooster, citing the 1934 Gold Reserve Act which stated that no private citizen could possess more than 50 ounces of gold. This event set off a challenging legal battle (in which Paul Laxalt acted as Graves’ lawyer) that would last for nearly four years before the rooster returned to its “home” in the Nugget.

Wishing to retire, Graves offered to sell his interests in the Nugget to his general manager, John Ascuaga, in October 1960. Unable to purchase the company outright, Ascuaga instead agreed to pay off the sum of $3.75 million over a period of twelve years. He managed to pay off the note in just seven years to become the sole owner and operator of the Nugget. Since that time, Ascuaga has been recognized as a leader in the gaming-tourism industry in the area for his dedication to excellence, his innovations in marketing and promotion, and his never-stand-still business philosophy.

Following Ascuaga’s acquisition of the Nugget, he set to work almost immediately to increase the Nugget’s size and property holdings. The first of the expansion projects included the completion of the Nugget Motor Lodge next door to the casino, followed by the opening of the famous Circus Room featuring “The International Follies” show. Famous headliners soon arrived including Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore, and Liberace. Perhaps the most notable act to regularly appear in the Circus Room was Bertha the elephant. Bertha arrived in Sparks in 1962 after Ascuaga purchased her from a circus museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin for $8,000. She became an instant success and served as one of the most recognizable and beloved icons of northern Nevada.

Other improvements and expansion projects continued throughout the 1960s and 1970s including completion of the Roof Garden Hotel, the opening of the original convention center, acquisition of real estate up and down B Street and near the railroad tracks immediately behind the casino, as well as construction of the “pachyderm palace” to house the elephants, and purchase of the Nugget Meat Plant to provide meat for the Nugget and other area casinos and restaurants. During this era of expansion, the State of Nevada Department of Highways (later Nevada Department of Transportation) began planning, and eventually in 1970, completed work on the I-80 freeway project, which runs east to west through the center of both Reno and Sparks. Following the completion of the freeway, the Nugget expanded underneath the newly constructed roadway.

Beginning in 1983, dramatic large-scale expansion began when the Nugget broke ground on the first of two large hotel towers. Improvements and additions continued through the 1980s and 1990s. In 1992, the Nugget acquired the former Gold Club casino building and property next door to the Nugget. Ascuaga had long sought to purchase this property from its owner, Murray Dolan, but unfortunately, the two men were never able to agree on a price. Over the years, as the two businesses operated side-by-side, the two owners entered into several rounds of unsuccessful negotiations. In the early 1990s, Dolan sold to another buyer and the building stood vacant. Ascuaga purchased the property, held an event, and had the old Gold Club building demolished.

The latter half of the 1990s saw the construction of a $70 million, 29-story hotel tower, expanded convention center space, a parking garage, and a large neon sign planted next to the freeway. These final projects under Ascuaga’s ownership marked nearly four decades of expansion for the Nugget from its humble beginnings as a 60-seat coffee shop to a 1,600-room casino-resort covering more than 75,000 square feet of property. In addition to the physical expansion of the Nugget and its holdings, Ascuaga encouraged his family to become involved in the business. Beginning in the early 2000s, Ascuaga’s daughter, Michonne, was named chief executive officer, and youngest son, Stephen, became the senior executive vice president of administration. Both Michonne and Stephen began working at the Nugget as teens in various departments, learning the business from the ground up. Despite ceding control of operations to his children, Ascuaga continued to make the 40-plus mile trip to work every day from his ranch in Jack’s Valley in northern Douglas County.

Over the decades, the Nugget provided guests with many dining options from the Pancake Parlor, to Trader Dick’s, to later additions such as the Rotisserie and Orozko (named in honor of Ascuaga’s father’s hometown in the Pyrenees region of Spain). In addition to dining, the Nugget was widely known for bringing in notable headliners from around the country to perform in the Circus Room and then after 1977, the Celebrity Showroom. The Nugget is credited with helping country music make inroads into casino entertainment with acts such as Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, and the Oak Ridge Boys. The Nugget was also notable for its recurring events including the Nugget Golf Classic (first held in 1963), the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, and the annual Hereford Bull Sale, which took place in the Celebrity Showroom.

The northern Nevada community benefitted from Ascuaga’s upbringing and success. Ascuaga and his family were involved in a number of outreach programs and charitable causes. Since 1956, the Nugget contributed nearly a half-million dollars in scholarships to almost 500 high school and community college students from Reno, Sparks, and Carson City. Ascuaga always encouraged his employees to donate time during Thanksgiving and Christmas to serve holiday meals at the St. Vincent’s Dining Room. Beginning in 1955, the Nugget provided meals for the homeless and needy. The Ascuaga family also contributed to the Sierra Arts Foundation, Nevada Museum of Art, Youth Art, and Artown events.

Late 2013 marked the end of era when the Ascuaga family sold the Nugget to affiliates of the Las Vegas-based Global Gaming & Hospitality and Husky Finance. The Nugget was the last family run casino-resort in the industry—an institution without sister properties or outside backing. The sale closed in December 2013, but the Ascuagas remained on the board in advisory roles during the transition period and after the sale concluded. Seven months later, in July 2014, the Nugget Courtyard building was sold to the Siegel Group and renamed Siegal Suites. The Nugget changed hands again in May 2016 when it was sold to Marnell Gaming, which plans to invest multiple millions of dollars for renovation and improvement of the property. Regardless of the current proprietors, the Nugget will long be synonymous with John Ascuaga and the Ascuaga family. The famous casino-resort helped put Sparks on the map and solidified a spot in the hearts and minds of many Northern Nevadans.

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Scope and Content

The records of John Ascuaga's Nugget are a representation of the work of John Ascuaga as the owner and operator of the Nugget as well as the operations and expansion of the casino-resort beginning in the late 1950s. Much of the material in this collection highlights the Nugget’s physical expansion from the 1960s through the early 2000s. However, there is also a great deal of material, mostly in the form of scrapbooks, regarding the events, promotions, and entertainment put on by the Nugget over the decades.

Materials consist of a variety of documents, news clips, magazine articles, promotional materials, correspondence, internal memoranda, internal and external newsletters, memorabilia, and scrapbooks. The correspondence and memoranda in this collection primarily consist of materials between Ascuaga, his officers, and lawyers. The Nugget’s chief financial officer, Parley Johnson, and Peter D. “Mickey” Laxalt, the Nugget’s primary legal counsel, handled the majority of business dealings and property transactions that appear within these records.

Series 1: Operations, consists of materials that relate to the inner workings and administrative aspects of the Nugget. It includes items such as restaurant menus and literature; pamphlets regarding room rates; music and entertainment licensing information beginning in 1960; John Ascuaga’s expense journals and ledgers from 1959-1979; a brief discussion regarding betting limits for table games; the 50th anniversary employee yearbook; and several years of the internal employee magazine Nugget Scene. Also included in this series is a scrapbook dedicated to John Ascuaga’s Golden Plate Award nomination that gives an overview of the Nugget’s restaurants and food service operations.

Series 2: Events, Promotions, and Publicity is one of the two largest series in this collection. The materials in this series relate to all the publicity concerning the Nugget, the Ascuagas, events, and entertainment that appeared in regional news and media sources. This includes the contents of many of the scrapbooks that accompanied this collection. The subject matter in many of the scrapbooks consists primarily of news clips highlighting entertainment and entertainers that appeared in the Nugget’s showroom over the decades. Other scrapbooks are devoted solely to the Annual Nugget Golf Classic tournament, which occurred every year beginning in 1963. Additional recurring events are the annual Hereford Bull Sale, the Miss Sparks Pageant, scholarship recipient announcements, and Bertha’s various appearances. It should be noted that there is some overlap in the news clips and magazine articles located in this series and some of those located in Series 3) Real Estate, Expansion, and Promotion, and Series 5) Elephants.

Series 3: Real Estate, Expansion, and Development is the other largest series in this collection due to the Nugget’s sustained growth, improvement, and expansion, which began in the 1960s and continued through the mid-1990s. The materials pertains to John Ascuaga’s acquisition of real estate in Reno and Sparks, especially properties close to and surrounding the Nugget. Throughout the Nugget’s history, Ascuaga was able to purchase or lease nearly all of the surrounding real estate, most of which became additional parking spaces, or areas for future construction projects. All of Ascuaga’s activity in the area greatly supported and reinforced redevelopment efforts in that portion of Sparks. Ascuaga also purchased offsite properties to increase office space and to establish the Nugget Meat Plant, which supplied meats to the Nugget and other area casinos and resorts. As a result, there is a large amount of material and information about leases held by the Nugget and property leased by other individuals and businesses from the Nugget. Please note that there is some overlap in the news clips and magazine articles located in this series and Series 2) Events, Promotions, and Publicity, and those in Series 5) Elephants.

Series 4: Bar and Culinary Union Labor Dispute, consists of materials related to the Nugget’s legal dispute spanning nearly a decade (1975-1983) with the Bar and Culinary Union. This includes a suit filed on behalf of the Union, and the Nugget’s subsequent appeals and petitions in regards to court ordered bargaining. Documents in this series include internal materials from the Nugget regarding their response to the Union, and materials distributed by the Union to its members and potential members.

Series 5: Elephants, includes materials relating to the Nugget’s performing elephants. Beginning in 1961, a deal was made to buy Bertha the elephant from a circus museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin for $8,000. Bertha arrived in Sparks the following year in 1962 just in time for the opening of the Nugget’s Circus Room. Although the Circus Room featured many top performers including Jimmy Durante, Red Skelton, Dinah Shore, and Liberace, Bertha became a staple of entertainment at the Nugget, and before too long she was the de facto mascot for both the Nugget and Sparks. In fact, Bertha was the longest-running casino act in Nevada history beginning with her 1962 debut and ending with her retirement and subsequent death in 1999 at the age of 48. There is some overlap in the news clips and magazine articles located in Series 2) Events, Promotions, and Publicity, in Series 3) Real Estate, Expansion, and Promotion, and this one.

Series 6: Awards, Plaques, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous, is the final and smallest series in this collection. Some materials in this series did not fit with the others so were placed here. Included in this series is an issue of The Billboard Magazine from 1917, a plaque and belt buckle dedicated to “Happy” Bill Howard for breaking the flagpole-sitting record, a chef’s hat with Ascuaga’s name embroidered on the front, various certificates recognizing Ascuaga and his family, license plates from the Ascuaga’s Jeep Cherokee, and a small souvenir shovel commemorating the groundbreaking for the east hotel tower construction in 1995. While the shovel is directly related to expansion and development, the decision was made to place it in the same box with other ephemera and memorabilia. Also present are several VHS cassettes including Senator Paul Laxalt’s 1984 nomination speech of President Reagan, and several copies of a film that highlights the history and accomplishments of the Basque throughout history.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records donated by John Ascuaga in 2014.

Separated Materials

Photos and albums have been separated from the manuscript collection and transferred to Special Collections photo archive as collection number UNRS-P2016-10.

Related Materials

More information on John Ascuaga's Nugget can be found in the book 50 Years of Memories: John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1955-2005 (Vancourver, Washington: Pediment Publishing, 2005). Record number B2361506. The permanent record to the book is located here: https://innopac.library.unr.edu/record=b2361506~S2

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Arrangement

  • The records of John Ascuaga’s Nugget are arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1: Operations
  • Series 2: Events, Promotions, and Publicity
  • Series 3: Real Estate, Expansion, and Development
  • Series 4: Bar and Culinary Union Labor Dispute
  • Series 5: Elephants
  • Series 6: Awards, Plaques, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Edan Strekal, September 2016. Finding aid prepared by Edan Strekal, September 2016. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 22, 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Operations, 1959-2005 1.5 cubic feet

Series 1 consists of materials that relate to the inner workings and administrative aspects of the Nugget. This includes items such as restaurant menus and literature, pamphlets regarding room rates, music and entertainment licensing information beginning in 1960, John Ascuaga’s expense journals and ledgers from 1959-1979, a brief discussion regarding betting limits for table games, the 50th anniversary employee yearbook, and several years of the internal employee magazine Nugget Scene. Also included is a scrapbook dedicated to John Ascuaga’s Golden Plate Award nomination. This scrapbook gives an overview of the Nugget’s restaurants and food service operations. Materials are arranged chronologically.

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Restaurant menus and literature on restaurants and room rates, undated
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John Ascuaga's check register expenses notebook, 1959-1962
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Music and entertainment licensing with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, part 1, 1960-2000
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Music and entertainment licensing with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, part 2, 1960-2000
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John Ascuaga's receipt and disbursements journal, 1963-1968
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Various correspondence and documents regarding legal issues surrounding the Nugget's operations, 1963-1974
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Music and entertainment licensing materials with SESAC, 1965-1999
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Casino betting limits for LaVere Redfield, 1968-1969
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John Ascuaga's receipts, disbursements, and slot journal, 1969-1974
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Scrapbook 1: White leather cover, a table of contents, numbered pages, and captions that covers the 1972 Golden Plate Award Nomination of John Ascuaga; scrapbook covers all aspect of food service and community outreach done by the Nugget and includes many photographs, menus, restaurant information, and a bio of John Ascuaga, 1972
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John Ascuaga's receipts, disbursements, and special account journal, 1975-1979
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Confidential memoranda created by Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Group on the Nugget's operations and projected revenues, 1978
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Nugget Scene magazine, 1978-1980
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Nugget Scene magazine, 1981-1984
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Correspondence and documents regarding legal issues surrounding the Nugget's operations, 1981-1993
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Correspondence to John Ascuaga from notable friends, 1993-2009
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Music and entertainment licensing materials with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, 2000-2003
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John Ascuaga's Nugget 50th Anniversary Employee Yearbook, 2005

Series 2: Events, Promotions, and Publicity, 1956-2005 9.75 cubic feet

Series 2 is one of the two largest series in this collection. Materials relate to all the publicity concerning the Nugget, the Ascuagas, events, and entertainment that appeared in regional news and media sources. This includes the contents of many of the scrapbooks that accompanied this collection. The subject matter in many of the scrapbooks consists primarily of news clips highlighting entertainment and entertainers that appeared in the Nugget’s showroom over the decades. Other scrapbooks are devoted solely to the Annual Nugget Golf Classic tournament, which occurred every year beginning in 1963. Additional recurring events that appear in these materials are the annual Hereford Bull Sale, the Miss Sparks Pageant, scholarship recipient announcements, and Bertha the elephant’s various appearances. Materials are arranged chronologically.

As evidenced by this series, big name performers were a staple of the Nugget’s entertainment program beginning with the opening of the Circus Room in 1962. Some of the familiar names include: Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, the Oakridge Boys, Al Hirt, the Wright Brothers, Lorne Greene, Liberace, Juliet Prowse, Robert Goulet, and many others. News clips regarding appearances by these performers appear regularly within this series, particularly in the pages of the scrapbooks.

Other items include promotional materials, including drink and meal tickets; issues of the Nugget Gazette and Nugget News dating to the 1960s; full-page advertisements from the local newspapers regarding food and gaming promotions; and VHS cassettes on a variety of events including the John Ascuaga Cattle Drive, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off, and several of Ascuaga’s birthday celebrations.

Some of the news clips appearing in this series might overlap with those in Series 3) Real Estate, Expansion, and Development. The Nugget’s expansion projects were big news in the local papers, especially when the casino expanded under the freeway in 1970, and again with the upward expansion that came with construction of the east and west hotel towers. Other overlap occurs with Series 5) Elephants. Because Bertha, Tina, and Angel were so prominent in Northern Nevada, news of their appearances and events are scattered throughout the collection. The bulk of the information on the elephants outside of news clips is located in Series 5.

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Casino promotional materials and comps, undated
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Older issues of the Nugget Gazette and Nugget News, undated
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Full page advertising in the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal and full page promotional ads, 1956-2005
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Scrapbook 2: 138 pages of content in poor condition. Includes news clips, photographs, magazine articles, and other promotional literature; subject matter include Dick Graves' golden rooster, the opening of restaurants including Trader Dicks, menus, the Basque festival held at the Nugget, the deer hunting competition, and the sale of the casino to John Ascuaga in 1960, April 1958-December 1961
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Loose materials from Scrapbook 2 including large coffee shop menu, magazine articles, photos, and other promotional materials from the early years of the Nugget, 1958-1961
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 2 (mostly news clips), 1958
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 2 (mostly news clips), 1959
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 2 (mostly news clips), 1960
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 2 (mostly news clips), 1961-1962
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Scrapbook 3: 151 pages of content; unbound. Includes postcards, brochures, news clips, and magazine articles; subject matter is on news of Nugget expansion and construction, updates regarding new attractions opening in the casino including the Circus Room, International Follies, Bertha, the return of the Golden Rooster, Lorne Greene, and the Annual Nugget Golf Classic, January 1961-December 1963
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 3 (mostly news clips), January 1962-December 1963
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Scrapbook 4: 151 pages of content and includes news clips and several photographs. News clips pertain to Nugget events, entertainment, and other significant local events including the Miss Sparks beauty pageant, the Reno Balloon Races, the Annual Nugget Golf Classic with Joe Dimaggio, the world's first slot machine to accept dollar bills, etc., January 1964-December 1965
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 4 (mostly news clips), January 1964-December 1965
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Scrapbook 5: 70 pages of content and includes news clips and magazine articles; subject matter includes Sheep Dip, Peggy Lee, Al Hirt, Jimmy Durante, Michael Landon, the Annual Nugget Golf Classic, George Burns, and Liberace, January-December 1966
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 5 (mostly news clips), January-December 1966
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Scrapbook 6: Green scrapbook covering the 4th, 5th, and 6th Annual Nugget Golf Classic; includes 161 pages of content and contains stationary, copy of the invitation, program, menus, itinerary, photographs of participants, news clips, 1966-1968
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 6, 1966-1968
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Scrapbook 7: 110 pages of content and includes news clips and photographs; subject matter pertains to celebrities and events that took place at the Nugget including Jimmy Durante, Pat Boone, the Annual Nugget Golf Classic, Al Hirt, Lorne Greene, Bertha, photos of the National Rooster Crow in Rogue River, etc., January-December 1967
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 7 (mostly news clips), January-December 1967
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Scrapbook 8: 46 pages of content and includes news clips and several photographs; news clips pertain to Nugget events, entertainment, and other significant local events including the Miss Sparks beauty pageant, a visit by Governor Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Durante, Bertha, the Annual Nugget Golf Classic, etc., January-July 1968
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 8 (mostly news clips), January-July 1968
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Scrapbook 9: Green scrapbook covering the 7th Annual Nugget Golf Classic; 25 pages of content and contains news clips, photos, the program, menus, and itinerary (please note nearly all contents were loose and have been removed to folders), 1969
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 9 including photos and news clips from the 7th Annual Nugget Golf Classic, 1969
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Scrapbook 10: 61 pages of content that includes news clips, magazine articles, and photographs; subject matter includes the Miss Sparks Pageant, new entertainment programs, the Hereford Sale, Bertha, the Mills Brothers, Jimmy Rodgers, Al Hirt, Jimmy Durante, the air races, etc., January-December 1969
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 10 (mostly news clips), January-December 1969
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Scrapbook 11: 8th Annual Nugget Golf Classic and includes 88 pages of content (missing front cover); includes program for the event, rosters, itinerary, menus, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the event and its participants, 1970
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Scrapbook 12: 116 pages of content (poor condition); contents includes news clips, magazine clips, and several photos pertaining to Nugget entertainment including Jimmy Durante, Shani Wallis, Carol Channing, and others, the Miss Sparks beauty pageant, Bertha, and the Annual Nugget Golf Classic, January-December 1970
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 12, January-December 1970
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Scrapbook 13: 9th Annual Nugget Golf Classic and includes 106 pages of content; consists of the program, news clips, photographs, a poster for the tournament, roster, itinerary, and menus, 1971
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Scrapbook 14: 164 pages of content and is comprised of news clips, magazine articles, and photographs regarding entertainment and events at the Nugget; subject matter includes the Hereford Bull Sale, Don Rickles, Bertha, Eddy Arnold, Ed Ames, Debbie Reynolds, the Mickie Finn Show, Carol Channing, the Nugget Nevadan Golf Tournament, etc., January-December 1971
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 14 (mostly news clips), January-December 1971
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Scrapbook 15: 158 pages of content and includes news clips highlighting events and entertainment at the Nugget; subject matter includes the Hereford bull sale, Kreskin the magician, Ed Ames, Wayne Newton, Jimmy Dean, Robert Goulet, news of the Nugget expansion under the freeway, scholarship winners, Bertha, and Ray Conniff, January-December 1972
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Scrapbook 16: Green scrapbook covering the 11th Annual Nugget Golf Classic and includes 54 pages of content; contains the invitation, registration card, programs, news clips, menus, photographs, 1973
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Scrapbook 17: 188 pages of content and includes news clips and magazine articles on a variety of events and entertainment at the Nugget; subject matter includes the Hereford Sale, the Miss Sparks Pageant, Ed Ames, Jimmy Dean, Barbara Eden, news of the Nugget being under the freeway, Kate Smith, Nancy Sinatra, Liberace, Burl Ives, news of the elephant barn construction and completion, Pyramid Sertoma's man of the year award to Ascuaga, Juliet Prowse, employee profiles, fire chief convention, scholarship recipients, etc., January-December 1973
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 17 (mostly news clips), January-December 1973
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Scrapbook 18: 115 pages of content and includes news clips and magazine articles; subject matter includes the Hereford Bull Sale, Jimmy Dean, Bertha and Tina, Nugget Expansion news, Kay Ballard, completion of the elephant barn, Miss Nevada and Sparks beauty pageants, Buck Owens, Red Skelton, and news of a visit to Reno by Gerald Ford, January-June 1974
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 18 (mostly news clips), January-June 1974
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Scrapbook 19: 130 pages of content and includes news clips and magazine articles about entertainment at the Nugget and events going on around Reno/Sparks; subject matter includes President Ford's visit to Reno, Juliet Prowse, Ray Anthony, Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton, Paul Anka, Pearl Bailey, Shari Lewis, etc., July-December 1974
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 19 (mostly news clips), July-December 1974
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Nugget Gazette Pancake Parlor Souvenir Menus, 1974-1976
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Scrapbook 20: 174 pages of content and is comprised primarily of news clips regarding entertainment and events at the Nugget; subject matter includes Red Skelton and Emmett Kelly the clown, Hank Thompson, the Hereford Sale, the Mills Brothers, Ed Ames, Bobby Goldsboro, Andy Griffith, Roger Miller, Bertha and elephant dancers, scholarship recipients, news of the showroom remodel, the Miss Sparks Pageant, etc., January-December 1975
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 20 (mostly news clips), January-December 1975
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Scrapbook 21: 229 pages of content and includes news clips and magazine articles on events and entertainment at the Nugget; subject matter includes Red Skelton, Sheep Dip, the Hereford Sale, Linda Hart, the Miss Sparks Pageant, Bertha and Tina and their newly constructed pen, Juliet Prowse, Debbie Reynolds, Toni Ingram, scholarship recipients, Petula Clark, the Annual Nugget Golf Classic, Emmett Kelly the clown, Ginger Rogers, Raquel Welch, Liberace, July Lynn, Jimmy Dean, etc., 1976
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 21 (mostly news clips), 1976
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Scrapbook 22: 122 pages of content and includes primarily news clips on entertainment and events at the Nugget; subject matter includes Bertha, news of proposed Nugget expansion, Mel Tillis, Anne Murray, Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Vinton, Shirley McClain, the Special Olympics, Red Skeleton, etc., January-August 1977
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 22 (mostly news clips), January-August 1977
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Scrapbook 23: 46 pages of materials include primarily news clips and some magazine articles on entertainment at the Nugget and events; subject matter includes Debbie Reynolds, the Harrah auto collection, Rich Little, Liberace, etc., September-December 1977
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Nugget Gazette Pancake Parlor Souvenir Menus, 1978
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Nugget Gazette newsletters, 1978-1985
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Magazine and journal articles on John Ascuaga and the Nugget, 1978-2007
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News clips on the Ascuaga family and the Nugget, 1979-1988
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Scrapbook 24: 25th Anniversary of John Ascuaga's Nugget and contains 20 pages of content; includes news clips, full page promotional ads, photographs, and congratulatory notes from celebrities and performers, 1980
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Scrapbook 25: 172 pages of content and primarily highlights events and entertainment at the Nugget over a four year period; subject matter includes The Oakridge Boys, Bertha, the Miss Sparks Pageant, the Hereford Sale, Glen Campbell, Red Skelton, the Wright Brothers, the Osmond Brothers, the Jazz Festival, etc., 1980-1984
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Scrapbook 26: 124 pages of content and includes news clips and magazine articles on entertainment and events at the Nugget; subject matter in this scrapbook includes the Hereford Sale, the Nugget Sheep Sale, the Coors Classic at Tahoe, the Jazz Festival, Jose Feliciano, Norm Crosby, Barbara Eden, etc., 1985
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News clips on the Ascuaga family and the Nugget, 1990-1999
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VHS Cassette: Daytime TV Program News Channel 8 Interview with John Ascuaga, March 16, 1993
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News clips regarding a bomb and extortion threat at the Nugget, September 1993
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VHS Cassette: A Gathering of Gamblers, 1996
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VHS Cassette: Western Pride, John Ascuaga's Annual Cattle Drive, 1997
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VHS Cassette: Reno Gazette-Journal Best of Education Awards Banquet, 1999
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News clips on the Ascuaga family and the Nugget, 2000-2013
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VHS Cassette: John Ascuaga's 76th Birthday, January 24, 2001
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VHS Cassette: Danita Cohen News Channel 8 Interview, 50 Years of Memories, December 7, 2004
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VHS Cassette: John Ascuaga's 80th Birthday, January 13, 2005
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VHS Cassette: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Food Network Competition Special, March 24, 2005

Series 3: Real Estate, Expansion, and Development, 1958-2007 3.0 cubic feet

Series 3 is the other largest series in this collection due to the Nugget’s sustained growth, improvement, and expansion, which began in the 1960s and continued through the mid-1990s. The materials in this series pertain to John Ascuaga’s acquisition of real estate in Reno and Sparks, especially properties close to and surrounding the Nugget.

Throughout the Nugget’s history, Ascuaga was able to purchase or lease nearly all of the surrounding real estate, most of which became additional parking spaces, or areas for future construction projects. All of Ascuaga’s activity in the area greatly supported and reinforced redevelopment efforts in that portion of Sparks. Ascuaga also purchased offsite properties to increase office space and to establish the Nugget Meat Plant, which supplied meats to the Nugget and other area casinos and resorts. As a result, there is a large amount of material and information about leases held by the Nugget and property leased by other individuals and businesses from the Nugget.

In addition to materials pertaining to leases and real estate, there is also materials that highlights Ascuaga’s interactions with other businesspersons who owned property close to the Nugget including Pick Hobson, Murray Dolan, Frank Hanson, and the Zundel family. Due to the proximity of the Nugget to both the freeway and the train tracks, there were also multiple dealings with Southern Pacific Transportation Company, the Nevada Department of Highways, the Nevada Department of Transportation, and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC).

In addition to the lease materials, correspondence, and memoranda, there is a scrapbook featuring information on the completion of the Nugget’s west hotel tower in 1984, and several VHS tapes that cover both the 1984 east hotel tower expansion, and the grand opening of the west hotel tower in 1996. Materials arranged chronologically.

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Lease and eventual purchase of Convention Center and property from Frank Hanson, 1958-1984
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Correspondence with the Nevada Department of Transportation regarding parking leases, proposed I-80 construction, and freeway maintenance issues, 1962-1986
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Lease by the Nugget of the Zundel Building on B Street, 1962-1987
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Lease and eventual purchase from Southern Pacific Transportation Company of land for elephant barn and parking lot, part 1, 1962-1995
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Lease and eventual purchase from Southern Pacific Transportation Company of land for elephant barn and parking lot, part 2, 1962-1995
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General file on Murray Dolan, the Gold Club, and property, 1965-1990
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Purchase of property on Nugget Avenue for employee parking lot adjacent to warehouse, 1970
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Purchase of unimproved land formerly owned by the Nevada Highway Department at Sparks Avenue and Rock Boulevard, 1973
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Purchase and subsequent lease of 1625 Sparks Avenue, 1973
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Purchase of 1619 Sparks Avenue, 1973
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Purchase of 1611 Sparks Avenue, 1974
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Dealings with Pick Hobson regarding Sparks property close to the Nugget, 1974-1976
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Dealings with the Gold Club primarily Murray Dolan and Pick Hobson, 1974-1988
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Purchase of 1601 Sparks Avenue, 1975-1976
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Purchase of meat processing plant at 250 Edison Way in Sparks, part 1, 1975-1991
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Purchase of meat processing plant at 250 Edison Way in Sparks, part 2, 1975-1991
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Meat processing plant lease Parcel 24, 1975-1996
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Report: Murray-McCormick, Inc. for Town Center Committee: Sparks Town Center Plan, November 1975
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Warehouse land on Nugget Avenue sublease, 1976-1985
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Purchase of Champion International Corporation property, 1977-1988
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Survey maps and blueprints, 1978-1986
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Lease of parking lot space to Boomtown, Inc. by the Nugget, 1980
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Dealings with Karl's Silver Club, 1980-1989
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Lease of old Convention Center property, 1982-1986
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Trailway Bus Company sublease of 1102 B Street, 1982-1987
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Lease of property to Greyhound bus lines, 1983-1984
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Scrapbook 27: 66 pages and includes news clips, magazine articles, and photographs with the bulk of the material covering the Nugget's tower expansion in 1984 as well as news clips on entertainment at the Nugget including cabaret acts, 1983-1985
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 27 including photographs and news clips, 1983-1985
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Nugget's tower expansion groundbreaking materials, June-December 1983
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VHS Cassette: Tower Presentation, Ed Pearce, copy 1, October 22, 1984
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VHS Cassette: Tower Presentation, Ed Pearce, copy 2, October 22, 1984
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The status of Nugget property adjacent to the King of Clubs property, 1984-1988
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VHS Cassette: Nugget W. S. U. Presentation, 1985
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Golden State Ltd. lease of Stanford Way railroad spur from the Nugget, 1985-1988
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Purchase of Calaveras Cement property from Southern Pacific Transportation Company, 1986-1987
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Possible trade and purchase deal of property from Nevada National Bank on B Street, 1987
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Convention Center expansion project miscellaneous correspondence, 1987-1990
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Purchase of building at 240 Edison Way in Reno, 1988
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Lease of the parking lot at the former Rich's Liquor, 1988-1989
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Convention Center expansion project correspondence with participating banks, part 1, 1988-1990
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Convention Center expansion project correspondence with participating banks, part 2, 1988-1990
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Convention Center expansion project correspondence with participating banks, part 3, 1988-1990
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Warehouse lease Parcel 23, 1988-1997
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Mint Club air space encroachment, 1989
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City of Sparks land exchange for bus turnout at southeast corner of B and 11th streets, 1989-1990
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Possible purchase of building at 230 Edison Way, 1990
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Lease Audit Number 711802 between Southern Pacific Transportation Company and the Nugget, 1991-1997
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Sale of the Gold Club from Murray Dolan to Gregory Landrus, 1992
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Purchase by the Nugget of the Gold Club from Gregory Landrus, 1992
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Demolition of the Gold Club, 1992
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Easement Purchase Agreement with Southern Pacific Transportation Company for the Nugget Avenue extension project, 1992-1993
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Lease Audit Number 710407 between Southern Pacific Transportation Company and the Nugget, 1992-1993
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Commercial Lease Audit Number 710407 between Southern Pacific Transportation Company and the Nugget, 1992-1993
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DOT hearing regarding the I-80/Pyramid Highway Interchange, 1993-1996
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DOT entry permits regarding the I-80/Pyramid Highway Interchange, 1993-1996
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Commercial Lease Audit Number 714132 between Southern Pacific Transportation Company and the Nugget, 1993-1998
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VHS Cassette: Nugget Tower Ribbon Cutting with Jay Leno, Wayne Newton, and Red Skelton, copy 1, 1996
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VHS Cassette: Nugget Tower Ribbon Cutting with Jay Leno, Wayne Newton, and Red Skelton, copy 2, 1996
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VHS Cassette: Local News Stories of New Tower, Pre-opening and Opening, December 26th-29th, 1996
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Victorian Square expansion plan materials, 1998
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Sparks Nugget, Inc. land exchange escrow documents from Western Title, part 1, May 2000
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Sparks Nugget, Inc. land exchange escrow documents from Western Title, part 2, May 2000
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Purchase of east parking lot property from Union Pacific Railroad Company, 2004
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Purchase of RTC property on Victorian Avenue, 2004
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Lease of building at 945 Spice Island Drive, 2004-2007

Series 4: Bar and Culinary Labor Dispute, 1974-1998 1.0 cubic feet

Series 4 consists of materials related to the Nugget’s legal dispute spanning nearly a decade with the Bar and Culinary Union. This includes a suit filed on behalf of the Union, and the Nugget’s subsequent appeals and petitions in regards to court ordered bargaining. Documents include internal materials from the Nugget regarding their response to the Union, and materials distributed by the Union to its members and potential members. Arranged chronologically.

In February 1975, the Nugget allowed their contract with the Bar and Culinary Union to expire. The Nugget’s management believed that the Union did not represent the majority of their employees, and as a result, the Union filed a number of unfair labor practice suits against the Nugget. An initial hearing by an administrative law judge ruled in favor of the Union. The Nugget appealed the decision to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., but the board too sided with the Union. The Nugget was ordered to recognize and bargain with the Hotel, Motel, Restaurant Employees, and Bartenders Union, Local 86. In the mid-1970s, representatives of Local 86, usually from outside of the state, frequented Reno’s hotels and casinos in an attempt to recruit new members.

Management in many of these establishments were weary of Local 86’s activity in the area because they believed the Union would only create problems or foment unrest. In the case of the Nugget, an appeal was brought in front of the Ninth Circuit Court, who sustained the rulings of the National Labor Relations Board that the Nugget must bargain with the Union. A further petition filed in the United States Supreme Court in 1980 also yielded unfavorable results for the Nugget. Bargaining began in 1981 and activities continued through 1983. No settlements were reached, and in 1983, hearings began regarding the Nugget’s unwillingness to bargain. The judge in the case ruled that the Nugget had engaged in bad-faith bargaining with the Union. This series represents the events leading up to the hearing, the Union’s boycott of the Nugget, which included resolutions from other unions outside of the state, and the hearing and subsequent decision. Materials include internal documents regarding union organizers and organizing in and around Reno, correspondence, newsletters and flyers distributed by the Union, documents from the case and hearing involving Local 86 and the Nugget, news clips, and articles on labor disputes in the casino industry.

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Disadvantages of Union Representation from the viewpoint of the company, undated
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Correspondence regarding the Bar and Culinary Union in Nevada, 1974
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Bar and Culinary Union member information and newsletters, 1978
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Union organizing in Northern Nevada, 1978
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Bar and Culinary Union boycott of the Nugget materials, October-December 1981
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Bar and Culinary Union general file, 1982
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Bar and Culinary Union boycott of the Nugget materials, January-May 1982
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Bar and Culinary Union boycott of the Nugget materials, June 1982
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Other unions' resolutions supporting boycott of the Nugget, June-November 1982
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Bar and Culinary Union boycott of the Nugget materials, July 1982
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Bar and Culinary Union boycott of the Nugget materials, August 1982
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Bar and Culinary Union boycott of the Nugget materials, September-December 1982
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Case before the National Labor Relations Board between the Nugget and Local 86 Bar and Culinary Union, 1983
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Hearing materials on the case involving Local 86 Bar and Culinary Union and the Nugget, part 1, October-December 1983
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Hearing materials on the case involving Local 86 Bar and Culinary Union and the Nugget, part 2, October-December 1983
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Hearing materials and news clips on the case involving Local 86 Bar and Culinary Union and the Nugget, 1984
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News clips and correspondence regarding the status of the Bar and Culinary Union in northern Nevada, 1987
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Overview of the Nugget's history with the Bar and Culinary Union, June 1988
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Copy of decision of the National Labor Relations Board regarding the Sparks Nugget and Local 86 Bar and Culinary Union, May 1990
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Memoranda and news clips regarding labor disputes and unions in Nevada, 1993-1995
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NAE Labor Relations Reporter newsletter, 1994-1996
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Article: "Organized Labor in the 1990s," by J. Mark Reifer in Casino Journal, April 1998

Series 5: Elephants, 1961-2012 1.25 cubic feet

Series 5 includes materials relating to the Nugget’s performing elephants. Beginning in 1961, a deal was made to buy Bertha the elephant from a circus museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin for $8,000. Bertha arrived in Sparks the following year in 1962, just in time for the opening of the Nugget’s Circus Room. Although the Circus Room featured many top performers including Jimmy Durante, Red Skelton, Dinah Shore, and Liberace, Bertha became a staple of entertainment at the Nugget, and before long, the de facto mascot for both the Nugget and Sparks. In fact, Bertha was the longest-running casino act in Nevada history beginning with her 1962 debut and ending with her retirement and subsequent death in 1999 at the age of 48.

In addition to showroom appearances (alongside many celebrities), Bertha regularly appeared in area parades, at local elementary schools, and in nearly every special holiday event. Throughout her career, Bertha performed with other smaller elephants as part of her act. The first Tina performed until she grew too large to continue the act. Another Tina followed, and eventually in the late 1980s, Ascuaga purchased Angel. The elephants resided nearby the casino in the “pachyderm palace,” finished in the early 1970s. The elephant barn was heated and cooled and featured a large swimming pool. Angel performed alongside Bertha until her eventual retirement and death. Following Bertha’s death, Ascuaga decided to give Angel to the Fort Worth Zoo where she could be in the company of other elephants.

The materials in this series begin with two volumes of copied images featuring Bertha and her original trainer, Jenda. Also within this series is correspondence, memoranda, health records, permitting information on keeping and transporting the elephants, bills of sales, promotional materials, news clips, press releases, a scrapbook, sympathy cards and notes from the community following Bertha’s death, and a VHS cassette on Bertha’s 25th anniversary. Additionally, there is information regarding the purchase of Bertha in the early 1960s, information about some of the individuals that worked with the elephants, records regarding Bertha’s health issues (arthritis), and materials detailing the process of locating and purchasing an elephant. It should be noted that Bertha appears repeatedly in many of the scrapbooks that are located in Series 2) Events, Promotions, and Publicity. Materials are arranged chronologically.

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Copied images of Bertha's first 3.5 years at the Nugget, undated
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Copied imagines of Bertha, Rena, Jenda, and celebrities, undated
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Bertha and Angel promotional materials, undated
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Correspondence and records regarding the elephants at the Nugget, 1961-1969
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Scrapbook 28: 53 pages of content and contains news clips, magazine clips, programs, and photos regarding Bertha the elephant, 1962-1964
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Loose materials removed from Scrapbook 28, 1962-1964
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Correspondence and records regarding the elephants at the Nugget, 1970-1979
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Nevada Highway News featuring Bertha and Tina, April 1976
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Correspondence and records regarding the elephants at the Nugget, 1980-1983
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Information and materials on Bertha's diet and subsequent health issues, 1984-1985
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Correspondence and records regarding the elephants at the Nugget, 1984-1986
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News clips on the Nugget's elephants, 1984-1999
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Correspondence pertaining to the sale of Tina, April-May 1984
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Elephants file includes Animal Welfare Act licensing information, permit materials, and information regarding sale of Angel, 1986-2000
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Correspondence and records regarding the elephants at the Nugget, 1987-1988
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Agreement, permit, and paperwork regarding the purchase of Angel, 1987-1989
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VHS Cassette: Bertha's 25th Anniversary, June 28, 1987
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Internal memoranda and schedules on and for Bertha and Angel, 1992-1999
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Correspondence regarding Angel, specifically the transfer to the Fort Worth Zoo, 1992-2000
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Information about elephant employees, 1999-2000
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Press release and news clip regarding the death of Bertha, November 1999
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Sympathy cards and notes regarding the death of Bertha, November 1999
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Letters expressing sympathy over the death of Bertha, November 1999
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Press release and supplemental materials regarding the transfer of Angel to zoo in Fort Worth, November-December 1999
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Community petition to send Angel to an elephant sanctuary (includes 263 signatures), December 1999
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Correspondence and news regarding the health and status of Angel, 2010-2012

Series 6: Awards, Plaques, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous, 1917-2014 0.5 cubic feet

Series 6 is the final and smallest series in this collection. Some of the materials in this series did not fit in well with the other series and are consequently placed here. Included in this series is a 1917 issue of The Billboard Magazine, a plaque and belt buckle dedicated to “Happy” Bill Howard for breaking the flagpole-sitting record, a chef’s hat with Ascuaga’s name embroidered on the front, various certificates recognizing Ascuaga and his family, license plates from the Ascuaga’s Jeep Cherokee, and a small souvenir shovel commemorating the groundbreaking for the east hotel tower construction in 1995. While the shovel is directly related to expansion and development, the decision was made to place it in the same box with other ephemera and memorabilia. Also present are several VHS cassettes including Senator Paul Laxalt’s 1984 nomination speech of President Reagan, and several copies of a film that highlights the history and accomplishments of the Basque throughout history. Materials are arranged chronologically.

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Plaque for Bill Howard, Flagpole-Sitting Champion, undated

Framed newspaper article about the Ascuagas charitable work, undated

Chef's hat with John Ascuaga's name embroidered on the front, also includes a note, undated

Copy of The Billboard magazine (186 pages), Christmas 1917

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John Ascuaga Distinguished Nevadan Award correspondence, program, and news clip, March-May 1978
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VHS Cassette: Senator Paul Laxalt's Nomination Speech of Ronald Reagan presented by John Ascuaga, August 22, 1984
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Certificates of appreciation to the Nugget and Ascuaga, 1990-1994
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Souvenir shovel to commemorate groundbreaking for the Nugget's second tower, November 1995
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VHS Cassette: The Song of the Basque, copy 1, 1997
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VHS Cassette: The Song of the Basque, copy 2, 1997
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VHS Cassette: The Song of the Basque, copy 3, 1997
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License plates and registration from Ascuaga family Jeep Cherokee, 1999
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Congressional awards and certificates presented to John Ascuaga and family, 2009-2014
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Oversized poster depicting Nugget connection to UNR, undated