Overview

Title: Patricia D. Cafferata Papers
Creator(s): Cafferata, Patricia D., 1940-
Collection Number: 93-69
Dates (inclusive): 1958-1998
Physical Extent: 15.0 cubic feet (25 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Patricia D. Cafferata papers, 93-69. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/93-69-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Patricia Anne Dillon Cafferata was born in 1940 and attended Bishop Monogue High School in Reno, Nevada; Mills College in Oakland, California; and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She received a bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark in 1963 with a major in elementary education and a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1989.

Ms. Cafferata, a Republican, has long had an interest in politics; her mother is Barbara Vucanovich (R), one of Nevada's representatives to the U.S. Congress. In 1976 Ms. Cafferata unsuccessfully ran for Nevada State Treasurer. She was elected to the Nevada State Assembly for District 25 in 1978 and in 1982 was the first woman elected to the Nevada State Treasurer's office. Although virtually guaranteed reelection as Treasurer, she chose to run for Governor of Nevada in 1986 against Democrat Richard Bryan. After her election loss she entered Southwestern University College of Law, passing the Nevada bar exam in 1990. She ran for the office of District Attorney of Lyon County that same year but did not win. Two years later she was appointed to fill the vacant Lincoln County District Attorney's position. In 1998 Cafferata ran for District 25 Assembly seat but was defeated in the primary election. Cafferata currently has a private law practice in Reno.

In addition to her political interests, Ms. Cafferata has been active in many community organizations, including Doctors' Wives of Washoe County, the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Washoe County Historical Society, St. Mary's Hospital Guild, Washoe Medical Center League, and Republican Women's Club of Reno.

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Scope and Content

The papers of Patty Cafferata were donated to the Special Collections Department by Ms. Cafferata in July and December 1993; an additional gift was made in October 1998. A portion of the collection, those papers of Cafferata's political campaigns (Series II), has been closed until after her death and prior to that, may only be examined with advance permission of the donor.

The paper of Patty Cafferata date from 1958-1998 and cover her political career and personal life. The collection has been divided into four series following the basic arrangement of the donor: materials related to political offices held by Cafferata, political campaign management materials, personal papers, and videotapes. The largest part of the collection is Series 1 which documents the public offices held by Cafferata. Included are speeches, calendars, information relating to topics or legislative bills sponsored by or of interest to her (D.U.I legislation, hazardous waste sites in Nevada), and scrapbooks. Administrative files document her responsibilities as treasurer and include materials about the state's financial portfolio and public investment pools, and files which track her activities as an office holder. This series also holds scrapbooks compiled during Cafferata's political campaigns and terms of office. The scrapbooks consist of clippings, photographs, programs of events, and other mementos. Some speeches and scrapbook clippings reference Cafferata's mother, Representative Barbara Vucanovich.

Series 2, Political Campaigns, may only be examined with prior permission of the donor. This series documents her campaign strategy, campaign management, and financial backing. The records for this series appear to be fairly complete. Some of the records in this series are public records, for example, campaign financial statements, and are available at the office of the Nevada Secretary of State. The series also includes sample ballots which are available at the County Registrar of Voters' office.

Series 3 contains personal papers which touch lightly on Cafferata's personal interests and activities outside the political sphere. Included are college term papers, calendars, certificates, reports, clippings, and some correspondence about Doctors' Wives of Washoe County, Cafferata's teaching career, Nevada Women's Conference and law classes at Southwestern University College of Law.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. A portion of the collection, those papers of Cafferata's political campaigns (Series 2), has been closed until after her death and, prior to that, may only be examined with advance permission of the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated Patricia Cafferata in July and December 1993; an additional gift was made in October 1998.

Separated Materials

Videotapes in Series 4 have been transfered to the photo archives of the Special Collection Department

Photographs have been removed from the manuscript collection and placed in the photo archives of the Special Collections Department as UNRS-P1995-03.

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Arrangement

  • The papers of Patty Cafferata have been arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1: Political Offices
  • Series 2: Political Campaigns
  • Series 3: Personal Papers
  • Series 4: Videotapes

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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:

Organizations:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Susan Searcy, December 1993; October 1998. Finding aid prepared by Susan Searcy, December 1993; October 1998. Finding aid revised by Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox, January 2011. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 15, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Political Offices, 1976-1990

Series I represents papers created by Cafferata because of her personal interest in politics while holding a political office. Included are speeches; calendars; information relating to legislative bills sponsored by her; scrapbooks; and other files which track her activities as an office holder.

The series has been divided into four subseries which are chronologically arranged: pre-public office period, State Assembly, State Treasurer, and post-public office political activities. There are no restrictions on use of this series, and, except for speeches, does not include material related to Cafferata's political campaigns.

Subseries 1.1: Pre-public Office (6 folders)

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folder
Contents
1/S1.1
1
National elections, 1976
1/S1.1
2-4
Speeches, 1976-1978
1/S1.1
5-6
Calendars, 1978-1979

Subseries 1.2: State Assembly (15 folders)

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folder
Contents
1/S1.2
1-2
Calendars, 1980-1982
1/S1.2
3
Speech: Campaign Management School, 1980
1/S1.2
4
Legislative orientation, 1981
1/S1.2
5
Legislation, 1981
1/S1.2
6
Legislative statistics by Assembly, 1981
1/S1.2
7
Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Study the Operation of Nevada's Drunk Driving Law (S.B. 83), August 27, 1982
1/S1.2
8
Operation of S.B. 83 (D.U.I.), October 14, 1982
1/S1.2
9
D.U.I. Legislation, 1981-1982
1/S1.2
10
D.U.I. Legislation: ACR-111
1/S1.2
11
Opinion Poll, 1982
1/S1.2
12-13
Speeches, 1981-1983
1/S1.2
14-15
Scrapbooks-Assembly [District] 25, 1981

Subseries 1.3: State Treasurer (94 folders)

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folder
Contents
1/S1.3
1-3
Calendars, 1982-1984
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folder
Contents
2/S1.3
4-18
Speeches, 1983-1987; 1990
2/S1.3
19-22
Calendars, 1985-1988
2/S1.3
23-26
Phone Messages, 1983-1987
2/S1.3
27
Completed Agendas, October 1983-November 1986
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folder
Contents
3/S1.3
28
Number not assigned
3/S1.3
29-30
Functions Attended and Declined, April 1985-July 1986
3/S1.3
31-32
Publicity and Press Releases, 1984-1987
3/S1.3
33
Dictionary of Terms Used in Connection with Tax-exempt Securities, etc, Undated
3/S1.3
34
Scouts in Government Day, 1984
3/S1.3
35
Required Employers to Provide Information about Hazardous Chemicals, 1985
3/S1.3
36
Local Government Investment Pool, Undated
3/S1.3
37
Audit Hearing, Las Vegas, March 27, 1985
3/S1.3
38
"Instructions from Bob" [on Treasurer's responsibilities and duties], Undated
3/S1.3
39
Weekly Portfolio Reports, December 14, 1984-December 26, 1986
3/S1.3
40
Investment Pool Month-to-Month Comparisons,, January 1, 1985-November 1986
3/S1.3
41-42
Investment Records, June 10, 1986-January 2, 1987
3/S1.3
43
Board of Finance Reports, 1985-1986
3/S1.3
44
State Revenue Charts, Undated
3/S1.3
45
Cash Management, Undated
3/S1.3
46-47
Investments [calendars], January 1983-1989
3/S1.3
48a
General mailings and newsletters, Undated
3/S1.3
48b
Treasurer's Plans, Goals; Report on the Prime Rate from 1947-1983, 1947-1983
3/S1.3
49-50
Nevada Department of Taxation Annual Reports, 1982-1984
3/S1.3
51
Report on State Treasury Activities and Function by the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers, 1983
3/S1.3
52
Nevada Commission on Economic Development Annual Report, 1983-1984
3/S1.3
53
Nevada State Plan for Economic Diversification and Development by the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, 1985
3/S1.3
54
Financial Demographics from City and State Magazine, May 1986
3/S1.3
55
Financial Management Monitoring/Embezzlement, Undated
3/S1.3
56
"Treasurer's Notes" Newsletter, Spring 1986
3/S1.3
57-58
Notes on Nistory of Nevada and the State Treasurer's Office, Undated
3/S1.3
59
Presidential Invitations, Undated
3/S1.3
60-61
Mementos, 1984
box
folder
Contents
4/S1.3
62-64
Mementos, 1986
4/S1.3
65
Governor's Race Election Results, 1986
4/S1.3
66
Governor's Race Clippings, 1986
4/S1.3
67-74
Scrapbooks, 1982
4/S1.3
75
Guest book, 1978-1986
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Item
Contents
17/S1.3
76
Scrapbook, 1983
17/S1.3
77
Scrapbook, 1983
box
Item
Contents
18/S1.3
78
Scrapbook, January to August 1984
18/S1.3
79
Scrapbook-State Treasurer, 1985
18/S1.3
80
Scrapbook-State Treasurer, January-May 1986
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Item
Contents
19/S1.3
81
Scrapbook-Elections, May-September 1986
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Item
Contents
20/S1.3
82
Scrapbook, September-November 1986
box
folder
Contents
4/S1.3
83-84
Scrapbook, August-December 1984
4/S1.3
85-87
Toxic Waste Scrapbook, 1984-1985
box
folder
Contents
5/S1.3
88
Toxic Waste Scrapbook, 1984-1985
5/S1.3
89-94
Scrapbooks: Elections, 1986

Subseries 1.4: Post-public Office Political Activities (9 folders)

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folder
Contents
5/S1.4
1-6
Calendars, 1988-1990
5/S1.4
7-9
Scrapbook, 1990

Series 2: Political Campaigns [Restricted], 1978-1998

Series II contains records of Ms. Cafferata's campaigns for public office in the state of Nevada beginning with an unsuccessful bid for State Treasurer in 1978 through her run for District Attorney of Lyon County in 1990. Included in this series are campaign plans; financial records; clippings; sample ballots; event files; schedules; press releases; sample mailings; mailing lists; donor lists; correspondence; and photographs. Not included here, but originally related to this series, are speeches and scrapbooks. They have been filed in Series I, "Political Offices."

Series II has been subdivided into six subseries based on Cafferata's individual political campaigns: State Treasurer's race, 1978; State Assembly, 1980-1981; State Treasurer, 1982; Governor, 1986; Lyon County District Attorney, 1990; and Post 1990 Campaigns. Arrangement of this series follows Cafferata's original arrangement. Material added at a later date has been integrated into the appropriate series but added to the end of those series.

As per Ms. Cafferata's instructions, all the materials now in Series II (with the exception of the photographs) are restricted until after her death and may only be viewed with advance permission from the donor.

Subseries 2.1: State Treasurer’s Race [Restricted], 1978 (16 folders, 4 volumes)

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folder
Contents
6/S2.1
1
Campaign plan, Undated
6/S2.1
2
Schedules, Undated
6/S2.1
3-4
Press releases, Undated
6/S2.1
5
Mailings, Undated
6/S2.1
6-10
Financial Records, Undated
6/S2.1
11
Post-election correspondence, Undated
6/S2.1
12
Clippings, 1977-1978
6/S2.1
13-14
Sample Ballots, September-November 1978
6/S2.1
15
Sample Mailings, Undated
6/S2.1
16
Campaign Volunteer Index, Undated
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Item
Contents
21/S2.1
17
Scrapbook: “Book 1”, June-August 1978
21/S2.1
18
Scrapbook: “Book 2”, August-October 1978
21/S2.1
19
Scrapbook: “Book 3”, November 1978-July 1979
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Item
Contents
19/S2.1
20
Scrapbook: “Book 4”, November 1978-May 1979

Subseries 2.2: State Assembly [Restricted], 1980-1981 (7 folders, 1 volume)

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folder
Contents
6/S2.2
1
Mailings, Undated
6/S2.2
2
Steering Committee, Undated
6/S2.2
3-4
Financial records, Undated
6/S2.2
5
Patty's Events, Undated
6/S2.2
6
Press releases, Undated
6/S2.2
7
Donors and Volunteers Index, Undated
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Item
Contents
22/S2.2
8
Scrapbook: “Book 1”, February-November 1980

Subseries 2.3: State Treasurer [Restricted], 1982 (49 folders)

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folder
Contents
6/S2.3
1
Campaign plan, Undated
6/S2.3
2
Campaign manager, Undated
6/S2.3
3
Campaign promises, Undated
6/S2.3
4-5
Financial records, Undated
6/S2.3
6
Speeches, Undated
6/S2.3
7
Biography of candidate, Undated
6/S2.3
8-9
Correspondence, Undated
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folder
Contents
7/S2.3
10
Event information forms, Undated
7/S2.3
11-15
Mailing samples, Undated
7/S2.3
16
Press releases, Undated
7/S2.3
17
Schedules, Undated
7/S2.3
18
Past events, Undated
7/S2.3
19-23
Donors and fundraisers, Undated
7/S2.3
24-29
Mailing and fundraising lists, Undated
7/S2.3
30
Candidates and office holders, Undated
7/S2.3
31
Nevada Republican Central Committee, Undated
7/S2.3
32
Washoe County Republican Central Committee, Undated
7/S2.3
33
Deputy registrars, Undated
7/S2.3
34-39
Various special interest group lists, Undated
7/S2.3
40
Yard signs, Undated
7/S2.3
41
Precinct walking, Undated
7/S2.3
42
Rides to the polls, Undated
7/S2.3
43
Statewide Opinion Poll: "A Survey of Voter Attitudes in the State of Nevada Prepared for Patty Cafferata", July 1982
7/S2.3
44
Maps, Undated
7/S2.3
45
Editorials, Undated
7/S2.3
46
Statistical Supplement to Legislative Districts, 1981
7/S2.3
47-49
Sample ballots, Undated

Subseries 2.4: Governor [Restricted], 1986 (45 folders)

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folder
Contents
8/S2.4
1
Brodeur/Martin campaign consultants, Undated
8/S2.4
2
Campaign plan, Undated
8/S2.4
3
Steering committee, Undated
8/S2.4
4-5
Campaign donations, Undated
8/S2.4
6-11
Financial records, Undated
8/S2.4
12-15
Correspondence, Undated
8/S2.4
16-31
County Organizations: Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine, Undated
8/S2.4
32
Cow County Swing, Undated
8/S2.4
33
Deputy registrars, Undated
8/S2.4
35-36
Calendars, Undated
8/S2.4
37
Schedule, Undated
8/S2.4
38-39
Events, Undated
8/S2.4
40
Fact sheets, Undated
8/S2.4
41
Hecht list [financial statement], Undated
8/S2.4
42
Las Vegas Office Set-up, Undated
8/S2.4
43
Nevada Judicial directory, Undated
8/S2.4
44
Press Kits/Bids, Undated
8/S2.4
45
Press releases, Undated
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folder
Contents
9/S2.4
46
Media: T.V. and radio, Undated
9/S2.4
47-49
Mailings (samples), Undated
9/S2.4
50-52
Mailing lists, Undated
9/S2.4
53
Clark County clubs and officers, Undated
9/S2.4
54
Tom Young's mailing list, Undated
9/S2.4
55
National Republican Congressional Committee Campaign Services Directory, 1985-1986
9/S2.4
56
State, County, Judicial, and Legislative Officers in Nevada [directory], 1981-1982
9/S2.4
57
Nevada Association of Counties, 1986 Directory of County, State, and Federal Officials, Undated
9/S2.4
58
IBD's Toxic Waste, Undated
9/S2.4
59
Campaign notes (yellow pad), Undated
9/S2.4
60
Ideas (other people’s) [campaign literature], Undated
9/S2.4
61
Business cards, Undated
9/S2.4
62
Signs (requests), Undated
9/S2.4
63
Speaking requests (from Patty), Undated
9/S2.4
64-66
Sample ballots, Undated
9/S2.4
67
Volunteers, Undated
9/S2.4
68
Votes polled by county, Undated

Subseries 2.5: Lyon County District Attorney [Restricted], 1990 (5 folders)

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folder
Contents
9/S2.5
1
Opposition research (Keith Loomis, Robert Bennett), Undated
9/S2.5
2
Speeches, Undated
9/S2.5
3
Press releases, Undated
9/S2.5
4
Mailings, Undated
9/S2.5
5
Governor's Race calendar, 1990

Subseries 2.6: Post 1990 Campaigns [Restricted] (14 items)

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folder
Contents
9/S2.6
1-3
Audio cassettes, 1988-1996
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folder
Contents
9/S2.5
4-5
Appointment calendars, 1994, 1995
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Item
Contents
23/S2.5
6
Scrapbook: DA Race,, 1990-1991
23/S2.5
6
Scrapbook: Campaign for District Attorney, 1994
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Item
Contents
24/S2.5
7
Scrapbook: Lander City District Attorney, 1994-1996
24/S2.5
8
Scrapbook: Cafferata for Congress, 1996
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Item
Contents
25/S2.5
10
Scrapbook, Undated
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folder
Contents
9/S2.5
11-12
Appointment calendars, 1996; 1997
9/S2.5
13
Political correspondence, 1986-1989
9/S2.5
14
Scrapbook: District 25 Assembly Race, June-September 1998

Series 3: Personal Papers, 1958-1998

Series 3 documents a portion of Ms. Cafferata's life outside of her political interests. Both the earliest and most recent materials date from her college days and include term papers and calendars from Mills College (1958-1961) and from Southwestern University School of Law (1988-1989). Mrs. Cafferata was active in the Doctors' Wives of Washoe County organization and her activities in the mid-1970s are documented in news releases, reports, and correspondence. The bulk of this series consists of calendars, 1958-1992, and research papers written for law classes at Southwestern University.

This series is arranged into two subseries: Miscellaneous Personal Materials, and Law School Papers.

Subseries 3.1: Miscellaneous Personal Materials (21 folders)

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folder
Contents
10/S3.1
1
College term paper: "Reno, Biggest Little City in the World", January 1961
10/S3.1
2a
School teaching, 1963-1964
10/S3.1
2b
Reading Dynamics Institute, 1966
10/S3.1
3
Playmates Nursery School, 1967
10/S3.1
4
Monogue High School, Class of 1958 Reunion Year Book, 1968
10/S3.1
5
Doctors' Wives of Washoe County, 1974-1979
10/S3.1
6
Doctors' Wives rummage sale, 1976
10/S3.1
7
E. L. Pine Elementary School Parent Faculty Club, 1976
10/S3.1
8
Nevada Women's Conference, 1976
10/S3.1
9
Miscellaneous, Undated
10/S3.1
10-19
Calendars, 1958-1992
10/S3.1
20
Certificates, 1995-1998
10/S3.1
21
Article from Stanford Magazine about Treat Cafferata, Fall 1988

Subseries 3.2: Law School Papers (27 folders)

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folder
Contents
11/S3.2
1-22
Research papers, Undated
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folder
Contents
12/S3.2
23-27
Law school exams, Undated

Series 4: Videotapes, 1997-1998

Series IV contains video tapes of interviews of Cafferata and those by Cafferata, mostly for the Reno public access television, SNCAT. There is a variety of topics.

These tapes have been transferred to the photo archives of the Special Collections Department.