Overview

Title: Vail Montgomery Pittman Papers
Creator(s): Pittman, Vail Montgomery, 1883-1964
Collection Number: NC392
Dates (inclusive): 1896-1964
Physical Extent: 11.75 cubic feet (13 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Vail Montgomery Pittman Papers, NC392. 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/NC392-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Vail Montgomery Pittman was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, September 17, 1883 to William Buckner Pittman and Katherine Key Pittman who was a direct descendant of Francis Scott Key. He was the youngest of four brothers: Key (United States Senator from Nevada, 1913-1940), Frank, and William. His parents died when Vail was an infant. Vail was raised by his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Vail Montgomery in Lake Providence, Louisiana. His early education was a mix of private tutoring and public school until he went off to the Sewanee Military Academy which was affiliated with the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. From there he went to Huntington, Tennessee, where he attended the Normal School, and then began studying at Brown’s Business School in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1903 while at Brown's, Mr. Vail Montgomery died and Pittman was asked to return to Louisiana to manage the family cotton plantation.

Vail's older brothers Key and William had migrated West during the mining booms, settling in Tonopah, Nevada in 1903. William traveled back to the southeast to promote Tonopah mining stocks and persuaded Vail to visit Tonopah that year. Vail made the trip to Tonopah sometime in late 1903 where he was impressed by the activity. He returned to the South and after settling his affairs there, he went back to Tonopah in late 1904. His brother Key found a job for him at the Tonopah-Goldfield Lumber and Coal Company and soon after Vail bought the fuel division. Vail’s life in Tonopah was varied. He sold his business in 1907 and served as undersheriff for the county for about four years before being appointed as sergeant-at-arms for the state senate during the 1911 session. He left that position to briefly engage in the mining industry in Round Mountain and Manhattan, Nevada.

Pittman married Ida Brewington on May 20, 1919 in Reno. The couple had met in Tonopah, where she was teaching music in the public schools. Pittman's journalism career began in Tonopah when he managed the Tonopah Miner, a nationally known newspaper, from 1912-1919. Pittman was eager to own a publishing enterprise, so in 1919 he purchased the printing plant of the Ely Expositor Printing and Publishing Company in Ely, Nevada, reorganized it and published the Ely Daily Times in 1920. He went on to purchase the Ely Record in 1946. The Pittmans established themselves in Ely and Vail became involved in various civic and political organizations, including vice president of the Lincoln Highway Bureau representing Nevada (1927-1932), president of the Allied Counties Highway Association and the Lincoln Highway Development Association (early thirties), and he was president of the White Pine Chamber of Commerce and Mines (1927-1938).

A life-long Democrat, Pittman was elected to the state senate and served from 1925-1929. He remained active in Ely and White Pine County civic activities where he worked to promote the economic status of the county. When Vail’s brother Key died soon after being re-elected to the United States Senate in 1940, he applied to the Governor’s office for appointment to the senate seat. He did not succeed, but he was elected as Lieutenant Governor in 1943. In 1944, Pittman ran in the Democratic primary against Patrick McCarran for U. S. Senate and lost. He became Acting Governor on July 24, 1945 after Governor Carville resigned to accept the appointment to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by James Scrugham who had died. Pittman was elected governor in 1946 and served one term. He ran for a second term in 1950, but was defeated by Republican Charles Russell. Pittman ran for Governor again in 1954 against incumbent Russell, but lost after a contentious race.

Pittman had sold off his publishing interests in Ely in 1951 and he and his wife moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. He was active in civic and business affairs serving as an officer for the Nevada Savings and Loan Association and the Nevada State Bank. He was involved in the Rotary Club and was a delegate to its international conferences in Switzerland and Tokyo. In 1959, he became a member of the board of directors of the Nevada Historical Society. He continued to be active in the Democratic Party, serving as delegate to the Democratic national convention in 1956 and in 1960 and campaigning for Grant Sawyer who was elected Nevada governor in 1958. Vail Pittman died in San Francisco on January 29, 1964 at the age of 80 while being treated for throat cancer. His wife Ida Pittman died October 11, 1984.

Biography compiled from the following sources: Moody, Eric. Southern Gentleman of Nevada Politics: Vail M. Pittman. Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 1974.

Nevada State Library, Readers’ Services Division. Brief Biographical Information on Nevada Governors. Carson City, Nevada: Nevada State Library, 1959.

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Scope and Content

The Vail Montgomery Pittman Papers are split into three groups: Personal Materials; Political; and General Correspondence. Group 1: Personal Materials, are mainly letters which date from 1896-1963, some of the oldest materials in the collection. Among the correspondence are letters that help to document Pittman’s early Nevada years, mostly from Pittman’s friends and relations including letters addressed to Ida Pittman, Vail's wife. However, there are letters from contemporary politicians such as Nevada's Alan Bible and Grant Sawyer, as well as a few letters from U.S. Senators John F. Kennedy and Adlai Stevenson, among others.

Group 2: Political, includes materials created and gathered during his time in his various political positions, as well as conferences in which he participated. His papers contain campaign materials, inauguration material, correspondence, speeches and news clippings for his time in office, and two scrapbooks related to his time in office. Of interest in this group are a number of speeches given by Pittman during his years in office. A large portion of the group is comprised of newspaper clippings. The clippings help to document Pittman’s political career, interests, as well as campaigns and other issues that arose during Pittman’s career.

Group 3: General Correspondence, is mainly comprised of correspondence received after the main part of the collection. It consists of personal, business, and political letters and should be consulted in conjunction with the other series of correspondence in the collection.

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

The Papers of Vail M. Pittman were donated to Special Collections in 1965 by his wife, Mrs. Ida Louise Brewington Pittman.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Photo Archive as collection number UNRS-P1989-49.

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Arrangement

Group 1: Personal Materials

  • Group 1, Series 1: Personal Correspondence
  • Group 1, Series 2: Ida Pittman Correspondence
  • Group 1, Series 3: Business Documents
  • Group 1, Series 4: Miscellaneous

Group 2: Political

  • Group 2, Series 1: Lieutenant Governor
  • Group 2, Series 2: Gubernatorial
  • Group 2, Series 3: Inaugurations Attended
  • Group 2, Series 4: Campaign Materials
  • Group 2, Series 5: Speeches
  • Group 2, Series 6: Clippings
  • Group 2, Series 7: Political Correspondence
  • Group 2, Series 8: Democratic National Convention Correspondence

Group 3: General Correspondence

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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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ClippingsCorrespondence

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by staff, December 1988. Finding aid prepared by staff, December 1988. Finding aid revised by Jessica Maddox, April 2015. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 26, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Group 1: Personal Materials

Group 1 contains personal materials of Pittman. The majority of the group is comprised of correspondence relating to personal matters, including his business concerns and letters documenting his early life and move to Nevada. Also included are letters to Ida Pittman, Vail’s wife. Group 1 is divided into the following series: Personal Correspondence; Ida Pittman Correspondence; Business Correspondence; Private Correspondence; and Miscellaneous.

Group 1, Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1896-1912; 1941-1963 (36 folders)

Group 1, Series 1 includes both personal correspondence from his early life as well as correspondence from his later life. Most of the early letters date from before his move to Nevada in 1904. Also included in his early letters are some business letters and receipts. Letters from his later life are mostly from after his last run for office in 1954. Some correspondence from Pittman’s political career may be mixed into the collection. Of interest are letters to and from his older brother, Senator Key Pittman, and Key's wife Mimosa. Group 3, General Correspondence, should be consulted in conjunction with this series. The oldest letters in the collection are arranged chronologically; the newest letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. VMP = Vail M. Pittman.

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Correspondence, 1896-1900
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VMP's homework assignments, 1896 December 8
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VMP's algebra homework, 1897 December
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Empty envelope to VMP at Brown's Business College, Kansas City, Missouri, 1890s May 24
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Empty envelope to VMP at Oxford, Missouri, 1898
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Letter to VMP from Katie, Money, Mississippi, 1898 July 9
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Letter to VMP from Katie, Lake Providence, Louisiana, 1898 August 5
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Letter to VMP from J.H. Hyland, Office of Clerk of Chancery Court, Warren County, Mississippi, 1899 May 5
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Letter to VMP from Estele K. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1899 May 22
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Letter to Frank from VMP in Kansas City, Missouri, 1899 May 29
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Empty envelope to VMP from Shuteston, Louisiana, 1900 November 8
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Letter to VMP from [Stella] in Shuteston, Louisiana, 1900 December 21
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Letter to VMP from Stella in Shuteston, Louisiana, 1900 Deember 31
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Correspondence, 1901-1903
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Invoice to VMP from Helgason-England Company, grocers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1901 January 30
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Letter to VMP from the clerk of the Chancery Clerk, Warren County, Mississippi, 1901 May 20
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Letter to Hence from John A. Montgomery, Lake Providence, Louisiana, 1901 July 11
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Letter to VMP from [____ Rocker, Jr.] of Scott and Yerger, lawyers, Lake Village, Arkansas, 1901 September 7
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Letter to Mrs. V. Montgomery from R.L. Crook and Company, grocers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1901 October 9
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Tax receipts for Parish of Lake Carrol, paid by different people; and accompanying note sent to VMP by John Dunn, 1902 May 7; undated
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Empty envelope with note on back to VMP from Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1903 February 9
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Letter to L.B. Watt and Company in Brunett, Louisiana from VMP, 1903 February 19
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Empty envelope to VMP in Tonopah, Nevada, 1903 April 17
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Letter to VMP in Brunett, Louisiana from John M. Parker and Company, cotton factors, 1903 May 2
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Letter to VMP in Tonopah from Brown's Business College, 1903 September 29
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Letter to VMP from Harry Ethel, 1903 October 3
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Letter to P.S. Brown [Brown's Business College] in Kansas City, Missouri from VMP in Tonopah, 1903 October 4
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Letter to VMP from Gladys Ritter, Lovelock, Nevada, 1903 November 2
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Letter (incomplete) to Key Pittman from unknown in San Francisco, 1903 November 8
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Correspondence, 1904-1905
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Invoice to VMP from C.J. Searles and Company, 1904 March 19
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Letter to Mr. P.H. Brooks, U.P. Coal Company, San Francisco from the Nevada Coal and Lumber Company, 1905 February 22
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Receipt to Jewell for payment, 1905 June 19
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Letter to Miss Ida from VMP in Tonopah, 1905 June 23
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Letter to VMP from Jason B. York, Lake Providence, Louisiana, 1905 June 26
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Letter to VMP from Marguerite Montgomery [later Mrs. John Bass], Lake Providence, Louisiana, 1905 June 28
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Letter to VMP (incomplete) from unknown in Ft. Worth, 1905 July 4
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Letter to VMP from Harry Ethel, Way Away Plantation, 1905 September 9
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Letter (incomplete) to VMP from unknown, Lexington, Kentucky, 1905 September 16
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Correspondence, 1906-1908
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Statements to VMP from Kirby, Lamb, and Stoneham, Inc., Tonopah, stock brokers, 1906 August 28
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Letter to VMP from [____ Archer, Jr.], Grand Lake, Arkansas, 1907 October 7
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Invoice to H.A. Tripp from Tonopah-Goldfield Fuel Company, 1906 November 21
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Letter to Lillian Powell, Lake Providence from VMP in Tonopah, 1907 January 4
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Affidavit of annual labor filed by J.C. Williams in the Manhattan Mining District, Nye County, 1907 January 11
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Notice of quartz location of the Salvator Claim filed by VMP in the Big Pine Mining District, Inyo County, California, 1907 April 12
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Letter to VMP from Edna M. Woodward of Woodward, California, 1907 June 13
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Letter to VMP from Delphine in Los Angeles, California, 1907 August 6
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Letter to VMP from Warner and Searles Company, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1907 September 11
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Letter to VMP from M.K.M [Montgomery], 1907 October 13
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Letter to VMP from W.B. Pittman, Tonopah, Nevada, 1907 December 10
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Letter to Lillian [Powell] from [VMP], 1907
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Letter (incomplete) from [VMP], 1907
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Invoice to M.E. Alexander from Y.J. Owens, Manhattan, Nevada, 1908 January 11
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Letter to VMP from Marguerite Montgomery, Lake Providence, 1908 March 1
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Letter to VMP in Tonopah from Felix Taylor, Tucson, Arizona, 1908 March 17
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Letter to VMP from Mrs. Vail Montgomery, Lake Providence, 1908 April 11
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Invoice to VMP from Union Steam Laundry Company, Tonopah, 1908 May 11
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Deposit slip of VMP from Nevada First National Bank, 1908 September 7
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Court order in case of J. W. Travers vs. M. Androvich, Goldfield, 1908 September 22
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Correspondence, 1909-1912
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Invoice to Nye County from Henry Rose, Constable, 1909 April 2
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Letter to VMP from Ruth Wood, Denver, Colorado, 1909 July 26
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Letter to VMP from Charles H. Frizzelle, optician, 1909 August 26
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Open letter (printed) from Francis G. Newlands to Chair of the Nevada Democratic State Central Committee, 1910 January 8
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Invoice to Nevada Senate Sergeant-at-Arms from Ed. J. Walsh, 1911 March 10
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Letter to VMP from Nellie [Delony], Lake Providence, 1911 March
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Letter to Sadi from Margaret, Carson City, Nevada, 1911 April 24
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Letter to Sadi from Margaret, Carson City, Nevada, 1911 May 19
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Letter (incomplete) from Margaret, Carson City, Nevada, 1911
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Invoice to Richard Mercantile Company from the Tonopah Miner Publishing Company, 1912 April 1
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Remittance note to American Olive Company from Richard Mercantile Company, 1912 September 11
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Correspondence, Undated
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Letter to VMP from Joe [Man], undated
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Letter (incomplete) to VMP from unknown, undated
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Letter to Frank from Katie K, undated
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Note to unknown from Irene, undated
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Letter (incomplete), writer and recipient unknown, undated
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Letter (incomplete) to unknown from A.P. Tatlow, Springfield, Missouri, undated
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Letter (incomplete) to Lillian from [VMP], Nye County, Nevada, undated
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Flyer, "Records made by professional jumpers of the world, undated
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Blank envelope from Ben M. Pearlman, Tonopah, undated
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Sheet with practice writings, undated
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Check book stubs, undated
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Three business cards, undated
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"Dance List - Tuesday Night", undated
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A, 1949; 1954; 1960
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B, 1949-1956
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C, 1949-1950; 1954; 1959
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D, 1943-1963
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Dickerson, Denver, 1943-1961
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E, 1949-1950; 1954
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F, 1949-1950; 1954
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G, 1949-1950; 1954
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H, 1949-1963
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Hopkins, Henry Powell, 1959-1963
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J, 1950
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K, 1948-1954
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L, 1949-1954
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M, 1941; 1948-1954
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N, 1941-1963
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O, 1949; 1954; 1960-1961
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Olsen, Chet, 1940-1963
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P, 1949-1962
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Pittman, Key and Mimosa, 1940-1943
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Porter, Arnold, 1950-1963
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Q, 1949-1956
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R, 1945-1959
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S, 1945-1963; undated
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Seidell, Howard, 1956-1958
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Stevenson, Adlai, 1956
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T, 1948-1963
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U, 1949
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University of Nevada, Reno, 1957-1962
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V, 1950; 1954
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W, 1946-1954

Group 1, Series 2: Mrs. Pittman Correspondence, 1943-1964 (4 folders)

Group 1, Series 2 contains letters specifically addressed to Mrs. Pittman. Much of the correspondence is in the form of invitations and responses and letters of condolence received when Vail passed away in 1964. Of interest are a few letters received from Lilly Rona-Ehrenhaft, an Austrian sculptor and wife of Physicist Felix Ehrenhaft.

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Invitations and responses, 1943-1950; undated
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Lilly Rona-Ehrenhaft, 1947-1949
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General, 1948-1950; undated
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Letters of condolence to Mrs. Pittman, 1964

Group 1, Series 3: Business Documents, 1919-1963 (10 folders)

Group 1, Series 3 contains the personal correspondence of Pittman which are in regards to his businesses. It includes general business correspondence, such as insurance and investment letters, and letters and maps on property owned by Pittman in both northern and southern Nevada.

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Nevada property, 1919-1929
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Nevada property, 1930-1941
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Clark County property maps, 1936-1948; undated
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Clark County property maps, 1948; undated
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Real estate, 1956-1958
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Insurance and investment, 1956-1963
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Receipts, 1934-1945
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General, 1939-1945; 1949
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General, 1954-1957
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General, 1958-1963; undated

Group 1, Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1937-1960 (11 folders)

Group 1, Series 4 contains personal material including photographic memory books of various hunting trips, personal history, biographical and information on Key Pittman, and various publications and programs collected from the 1940s-1960. Also included is correspondence and materials relating to the time Pittman served on the board of the Nevada Historical Society.

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Constitution Day flier, 1928 September 14
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Hunting trip books (includes photos), 1937; 1939; 1947; 1948
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Certificates, 1941; 1964
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Programs, 1940s-1960
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Publications: “Governors of the American States and Territories;" “Presidents of the United States”, 1946; 1954
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Nevada Historical Society board materials, 1959-1963
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Pittman biographical material (photos transferred to Photo Archive)
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Key Pittman biographical material
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Scrapbook: Memorial book to Vail Pittman. Includes clippings about his death, condolence letters to Mrs. Pittman and copies of her thank you notes, all removed from scrapbook, 1964-1967
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Book: Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Key Pittman Late a Senator from Nevada. Washington D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1942
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Certificate: State of Nevada Executive Department Lieutenant Governor of the State of Nevada, December 5, 1942
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Certificate: Congress of the United States Service Medal and award, signed by Harry Truman, circa 1946
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Certificate: State of Nevada Executive Department Governor of the State of Nevada, December 6, 1946
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Certificate: Washoe Horseman’s Association of Reno, Nevada, Honorary President, June 18, 1947
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Certificate: United States Navy Citation for service rendered to the United States Naval Reserve, signed James V. Forrestal, 1947
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Certificate: The United States Army and the United States Air Force Recruiting Service in recognition of the fine spirit and public service rendered in materially aiding the recruiting Service in building the new United States Army and United States Air Force, signed Lloyd H. Rockwell, Ely, Nevada, January 3, 1948
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Certificate: Nevada State Society Life Member, June 18, 1949
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Certificate: Citizen of the Month from the Carson City Junior Chamber of Commerce, signed Clifford G. Donley and Quinter I. Gilbert, September 1949
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Certificate: Distinguished Nevadan signed A. C. Grant and C. J. Armstrong, June 6, 1960
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Certificate: Oregon Trail Memorial Association Life Membership signed Howard R. Driggs, undated
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Certificate: State of Nevada Centennial presented to Mrs. Vail M. Pittman, signed by Grant Sawyer, July 25, 1964

Group 2: Political

Group 2 contains papers regarding the political activities of Pittman. This includes his time in office as well as conferences in which participated, campaign material, memorabilia and material from the inaugurations of U. S. Presidents Truman and Kennedy, correspondence, speeches and news clippings for his time in office, and two scrapbooks related to his time in office.

Group 2, Series 1: Lieutenant Governor, 1940-1945 (9 folders)

Group 2, Series 1 contains correspondence in regards to Pittman’s official duties as Lieutenant Governor from 1943-1945. Also included is some correspondence from before his time as Lieutenant Governor, but generally has to do with issue pursued will also in office. Some of the major correspondents include Berkeley Bunker, Governor E.P. Carville, Pat A. McCarran, and Gilbert Ross. Of interest is correspondence regarding US Highway 6, the Roosevelt Highway, which runs in Nevada following US 95 and US 50. Arranged by chronologically.

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Correspondence, 1940
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Correspondence, 1941
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Correspondence, 1942
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Correspondence, 1943
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Correspondence, 1944
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Correspondence, 1945
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U.S. 6, Roosevelt Highway, 1940; 1945
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State Convention of Nevada Peace Officers, 1944
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Miscellaneous, undated

Group 2, Series 2: Gubernatorial, 1945-1950 (30 folders)

Group 2, Series 2 contains correspondence and information in regards to Pittman’s official duties as Governor from 1946-1950. Correspondence has been organized alphabetically. As governor, Pittman attended a number of governors’ conferences by at the regional and national level. Each conference includes programs, clippings, and occasionally correspondence for the conferences as well as other miscellaneous materials.

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Guest signature book for governor's mansion, 1945 October 31
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General correspondence, 1945-1951
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Federal and state agencies, 1945-1951
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Gubernatorial materials, 1945-1950
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Recommendations, 1946-1950
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Colorado River Commission, 1946-1949
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Condolences, 1947-1950
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Lester Moody case, 1948
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Agriculture, 1948
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Thank you notes sent and received, 1948-1950
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Highways, 1949
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Veterans Service Commissioner appointment, 1949
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Operation Haylift, 1949
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Official duties, 1948 December-1949 April
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Official duties, 1949 May-June
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Official duties, 1949 July-August
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Official duties, 1949 September-December
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Official duties, 1950 January-April
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Official duties, 1950 May-June
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Official duties, 1950 July-December
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Extradition of Herbert W. Swanwick to Rhode Island, 1950
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Western Governors' Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1945
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Annual Governors' Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1946
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National Governors' Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1947
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National Governors' Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah: Souvenir book, 1947
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Western Governors' Conference, Portland, Oregon, 1947
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National Governors' Conference, Newcastle, New Hampshire, 1948
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National Governors' Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1949
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National Governors' Conference, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, part 1, 1950
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National Governors' Conference, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, part 2, 1950

Group 2, Series 3: Inaugurations Attended, 1948-1949; 1961 (6 folders)

Group 2, Series 3 contains materials and information about the inauguration and re-election of President Truman in 1949 and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961. Materials include correspondence, clippings, programs, invitations, and ephemera.

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Truman: Pre-inauguration material, 1948 July-December
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Truman: Inauguration invitations, programs and material, 1949
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Truman: Inauguration clippings, 1949
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Truman: Inaugural license plate, 1949
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Kennedy: Inauguration correspondence, programs, and invitations, 1961
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Kennedy: Inaugural license plates, 1961

Group 2, Series 4: Campaigns, 1942-1954 (33 folders, 1 volume)

Group 2, Series 4 contains the campaign materials for both of Pittman’s Nevada Senate race and gubernatorial race. Included is correspondence, clippings from the campaigns, speeches for television and radio given as a campaign address, advertising, literature gathered, official statements, and a reel-to-reel of Pittman’s speech for the Democratic nomination in 1954. Of particular interest are political cartoons collected about Senator Pat McCarran and offset lithograph proofs of Pittman and one of McCarran used in printing. Arranged by campaign (1944, 1950, and 1954).

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5/G2/S4
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Correspondence regarding attempted appointment to Key Pittman’s U. S. Senate seat, 1940
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12/G2/S4
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Scrapbook: Campaign for Lieutenant Governor, 1942
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5/G2/S4
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1944 Campaign: Correspondence, 1943-1945
5/G2/S4
4
1944 Campaign: Radio speeches
5/G2/S4
5
1944 Campaign: Clippings
5/G2/S4
6
1944 Campaign: McCarran cartoons and other material
5/G2/S4
7
1950 Campaign: Correspondence, 1948-1949
5/G2/S4
8
1950 Campaign: Correspondence, 1950 April-September
5/G2/S4
9
1950 Campaign: Correspondence, 1950 October-December
5/G2/S4
10
1950 Campaign: Thank you letters, 1950 September
5/G2/S4
11
1950 Campaign: Speeches, appearances, and editorials
5/G2/S4
12
1950 Campaign: Radio speeches
5/G2/S4
13
1950 Campaign: Publicity
5/G2/S4
14
1950 Campaign: Newspaper ads
5/G2/S4
15
1950 Campaign: Clippings, 1950 May
5/G2/S4
16
1954 Primary: Advertising
5/G2/S4
17
1954 Primary: Literature
5/G2/S4
18
1954 Primary: Radio
5/G2/S4
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1954 Campaign: Correspondence, April to November 1954
5/G2/S4
20
1954 Campaign: Radio and television speeches
5/G2/S4
21
1954 Campaign: Television speeches
5/G2/S4
22
1954 Campaign: Statements
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6/G2/S4
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1954 Campaign: Statements, Winnemucca
6/G2/S4
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1954 Campaign: Clippings
6/G2/S4
25
1954 Campaign: General
6/G2/S4
26
1954 Campaign: Speech for Democratic Nomination for Governor (reel-to-reel)
6/G2/S4
27
1954 Campaign: KELY radio talk; Radio talk, Pittman-Kelly, 1954 May 31
6/G2/S4
28
1954 Campaign: KRAM Radio, Las Vegas, speech; Speech for Democratic candidate for Governor night before primaries, 1954 May 31
6/G2/S4
29
1954 Campaign: Two reels film, "Spots for Pittman nomination for Democratic Candidate for Governor"
6/G2/S4
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Film footage, "TV Speech Attack by Governor", undated
6/G2/S4
31
Campaign speeches, undated
6/G2/S4
32
Offset lithograph proofs of Vail Pittman (10) and Pat A. McCarran (1)
6/G2/S4
33
Printing blocks (two envelopes): Vail Pittman (4- 1” x 1.5” plates, not attached to blocks); Ida Pittman (1- 2” x 3” on block); Governor’s Mansion (1- 2” x 2” on block); Nevada State Capitol (1- 2.5” x 3” on block) 11:32; Vail Pittman (2- 1.5” x 2.25” on blocks)

Group 2, Series 5: Speeches, 1940s-1950s (32 folders)

Group 2, Series 5 contains speeches given by Pittman during his elected time as senator and governor. Many of the speeches are undated. Speeches are arranged by alphabetically by subject of speech or to whom the speech was addressed. Additionally, speeches where either subject of addressee are unknown have been placed in a miscellaneous file.

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6/G2/S5
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A
6/G2/S5
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Admission Day
6/G2/S5
3
Armistice Day
6/G2/S5
4
B
6/G2/S5
5
Boy Scouts of America
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7/G2/S5
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C
7/G2/S5
7
Cancer
7/G2/S5
8
D
7/G2/S5
9
E
7/G2/S5
10
F
7/G2/S5
11
G
7/G2/S5
12
H
7/G2/S5
13
I
7/G2/S5
14
J
7/G2/S5
15
K
7/G2/S5
16
L
7/G2/S5
17
Labor
7/G2/S5
18
M
7/G2/S5
19
N
7/G2/S5
20
O
7/G2/S5
21
P
7/G2/S5
22
R
7/G2/S5
23
S
7/G2/S5
24
T
7/G2/S5
25
Taxation
7/G2/S5
26
U
7/G2/S5
27
V
7/G2/S5
28
W
7/G2/S5
29
Welfare
7/G2/S5
30
Y
7/G2/S5
31
Miscellaneous
7/G2/S5
32
Materials for speeches, undated

Group 2, Series 6: Clippings, 1940-1963 4.0 cubic feet

Group 2, Series 6 contains clippings by and about Pittman as well as clippings on current events. Clippings cover a variety of topics including his personal life and political career, events in which he participated, and issue and events relevant to the state of Nevada. Clippings are arranged by subject.

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Allard, George (Nevada Public Service Commission), 1951
7/G2/S6
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Allen, Robert (State Engineer), 1941
7/G2/S6
3
Barker, C. D. (Mayor of Las Vegas), 1952-1954
7/G2/S6
4
Baring, Walter (U. S. Congressman), 1950
7/G2/S6
5
Basic Magnesium Inc., 1948; 1950
7/G2/S6
6
Bernard, Art (State Warden and Mine Inspector), 1947-1954
7/G2/S6
7
Bible, Alan (U. S. Senator), 1950
7/G2/S6
8
Biographical, undated
7/G2/S6
9
Bonanza Airlines, 1949
7/G2/S6
10
By Pittman, 1950
7/G2/S6
11
Cahlan, A. E. (Colorado River Commission), 1950-1954
7/G2/S6
12
Carson Appeal, 1947-1950
7/G2/S6
13
Citizens' Committee, 1949-1952
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8/G2/S6
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Civil Defense, 1950-1951
8/G2/S6
15
Colorado River Commission, 1947-1950
8/G2/S6
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Colorado River Commission, 1950
8/G2/S6
17
Daylight Savings Time, 1945-1950
8/G2/S6
18
Democratic Party, 1950
8/G2/S6
19
Editorials, 1950
8/G2/S6
20
Election, 1946-1947
8/G2/S6
21
Executions, 1949
8/G2/S6
22
Federal Gas Tax, 1949
8/G2/S6
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Flood control, 1949
8/G2/S6
24
Gambling, 1946-1952
8/G2/S6
25
Governor, 1945; 1948-1949
8/G2/S6
26
Grant, Archie (candidate for Democratic nomination for Governor), 1954
8/G2/S6
27
Great Basin National Park, 1959
8/G2/S6
28
Greenspun, Hank columns, 1950-1954
8/G2/S6
29
Fred C. Horlacher (candidate for Republican nomination for Governor), 1950
8/G2/S6
30
Kelly, Pete columns, 1950-1954
8/G2/S6
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Labor, 1949-1951
8/G2/S6
32
Las Vegas, undated
8/G2/S6
33
Las Vegas Review Journal, 1954
8/G2/S6
34
Las Vegas Sun, 1954
8/G2/S6
35
Lehman Caves, 1949
8/G2/S6
36
Livestock and ranching, 1950
8/G2/S6
37
Malone, Clem (candidate for Democratic nomination for Governor), 1950
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Malone, George (U. S. Senator), 1948-1954
8/G2/S6
39
Marshall, George E. (candidate for Republican nomination for Governor), 1950
8/G2/S6
40
McCarran, Pat A. (U. S. Senator), 1946-1954
8/G2/S6
41
McCarran, Pat A. (U. S. Senator), 1951-1952
8/G2/S6
42
McCarthy, Joseph (U. S. Senator), 1954
8/G2/S6
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McLeod, Wayne (Surveyor General), 1949-1950
8/G2/S6
44
Mechling, Thomas B. (candidate for Republican nomination for U.S. Senator), 1952-1954
8/G2/S6
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Merci Train (from France), 1950
8/G2/S6
46
Military, 1948-1949
8/G2/S6
47
Mining, 1949-1950
8/G2/S6
48
Moody, Les (Superintendent of State Police), 1948-1950
8/G2/S6
49
Nevada Day, 1946-1950
8/G2/S6
50
Nevada Historical Society and Library, 1949-1950
8/G2/S6
51
Nevada State, general, 1947-1950
8/G2/S6
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Nevada State Building, 1947; 1949-1950
8/G2/S6
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Nevada State Child Welfare Department, 1947-1949
8/G2/S6
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Nevada State Hospital, 1945-1954
8/G2/S6
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Nevada State Highways, 1945-1950
8/G2/S6
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Nevada State Insurance, 1949-1950
8/G2/S6
57
Nevada State Legislature, 1947; 1949
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Nevada State Legislature (44th Session), 1949
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Nevada State Legislature special session, 1948-1949
9/G2/S6
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Nevada State Public Service Commission, 1950-1954
9/G2/S6
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Nevada State Purchasing Department, 1947; 1949-1950
9/G2/S6
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Nevada State Revenue, 1947; 1949
9/G2/S6
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Nevada State Sales Tax, 1947-1949
9/G2/S6
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Nevada State Tax Commission, 1947-1950
9/G2/S6
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Official, 1947-1950
9/G2/S6
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Olympics, 1947
9/G2/S6
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Oncken, Ed columns, 1954
9/G2/S6
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Operation Haylift, 1949
9/G2/S6
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Personal, 1951-1953
9/G2/S6
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Pictures of Pittman, undated
9/G2/S6
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Pipkin, Charles W. (candidate for Democratic nomination for Governor), 1950
9/G2/S6
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Pittman, general, 1947-1953
9/G2/S6
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Pittman, Key, 1939-1940
9/G2/S6
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Pittman politics, 1941-1950
9/G2/S6
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Politics, part 1, 1954
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Politics, part 2, 1954
9/G2/S6
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Politics, part 3, 1954
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Politics, 1961-1963
9/G2/S6
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Political, 1944
9/G2/S6
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Political, 1945
9/G2/S6
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Political, 1946-1949
9/G2/S6
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Political, 1950
9/G2/S6
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Political ads, 1954
9/G2/S6
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Power, 1948
9/G2/S6
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Prostitution, 1949
9/G2/S6
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Psychoscope, 1949
9/G2/S6
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Re-elect Governor Charles Russell, 1954
9/G2/S6
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Rent control, 1949-1950
9/G2/S6
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Republican Party, 1954
9/G2/S6
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Ross, John R. (Ormsby County Republican Chairman), 1950
9/G2/S6
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Ryan, James G. (candidate for Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor),, 1954
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Salamagundi (Denver Dickerson) columns, 1946; 1951-1952
9/G2/S6
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Sobsey, Chet columns, 1952-1954
9/G2/S6
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Social, 1950
9/G2/S6
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Thunderbird Hotel, 1954-1955
9/G2/S6
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Truman, 1948
9/G2/S6
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University of Nevada, Reno, 1947; 1949
9/G2/S6
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Veterans, 1947-1949
9/G2/S6
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Virginia and Truckee Railroad, 1950
9/G2/S6
100
Water, 1945-1949
9/G2/S6
101
Wiley, Roland (candidate for Democratic nomination for Governor), 1950
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10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Miscellaneous, 1950-1951
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Appointments, 1950-1954
10/G2/S6
104
Russell clippings: Budget, 1951
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Cahlan, 1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Columnists, 1952-1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Campaign, 1950
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Politics, 1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Gambling, 1950-1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Colorado River Commission, 1951-1953
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Tax Commission, 1951-1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Industrial Commission, 1951
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Labor, 1951-1953
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Pictures, 1950-1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Special Session, 1948-1954
10/G2/S6
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Russell clippings: Harold N. Stocker, 1951
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 August
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 September 1-15
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 September 16-25
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 September 26-30
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 October 1-10
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 October 11-20
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 October 21-25
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 October 16-29
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 October 30-31
10/G2/S6
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Russell and Pittman clippings, 1954 November
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Clippings, 1949
10/G2/S6
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Clippings, 1950 January
10/G2/S6
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Clippings, 1950 February
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Clippings, 1950 March
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Clippings, 1950 April
11/G2/S6
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Clippings, 1950 May
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Clippings, 1950 June
11/G2/S6
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Clippings, 1950 July
11/G2/S6
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Clippings, 1950 August
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Press releases, 1946-1948
11/G2/S6
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Press releases, 1949-1950
11/G2/S6
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Official Statements, 1945-1950
11/G2/S6
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News releases, 1946-1951

Group 2, Series 7: Political Correspondence, 1945-1963 (6 folders)

Group 2, Series 7 contains political correspondence to and from Pittman after his second run for Governor in 1954 as well as some general correspondence from 1945-1951.

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Dorothy, Clark County Central Committee, 1954-1955
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Alan Bible, Norman Biltz, and Washoe Democratic Club, 1954-1956
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Denver Dickerson and others, 1956-1958
11/G2/S7
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Mrs. Roy Geach and others, 1959-1963
11/G2/S7
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Grant Sawyer and others, 1960-1963
11/G2/S7
6
General, 1945-1951

Group 2, Series 8: Democratic National Convention, 1956-1963 (3 folders)

Group 2, Series 8 contains correspondence in regards to Pittman’s time as a National Committeeman from Nevada for the Democratic National Convention of 1960. Included is correspondence from John F. Kennedy, Alan Bible, and Grant Sawyer as well as other prominent members of government.

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11/G2/S8
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John F. Kennedy, Alan Bible, Grant Sawyer, and others, 1959-1963
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Senator Howard Cannon, and congratulations, 1960-1963
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Matthew McCloskey (Democratic National Committee treasurer), 1962 March 3

Group 3: General Correspondence, 1936-1963 (23 folders)

Group 3 contains general correspondence that is a mixture of personal, business, and political letters. It should be consulted in conjunction with the other groups and series in the collection. Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent or group.

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A, 1940-1959
11/G3
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B. Includes correspondence from Alan Bible and one letter from Gareth Hughes (Brother David), 1936; 1940-1964
11/G3
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C, 1940-1952
11/G3
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D, 1945-1951
11/G3
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E-F. Includes correspondence from town in Normandy, France regarding Allied burials, 1943-1951; 1956-1959
11/G3
6
G, 1948-1950; 1956-1959
11/G3
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J, 1960
11/G3
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K, 1943-1944
11/G3
9
L, 1942-1943; 1950
11/G3
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M, 1931; 1934; 1938-1952
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13/G3
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Nevada Highways Board, 1949-1950
13/G3
12
Newspaper articles, undated
13/G3
13
O, 1948
13/G3
14
P, 1946-1951
13/G3
15
R, 1940-1943; 1958-1959
13/G3
16
S, 1946-1958
13/G3
17
Stacker Extradition, 1948
13/G3
18
T, 1945; 1948
13/G3
19
W, 1949-1963
13/G3
20
Y, 1945; 1947
13/G3
21
Letters of acknowledgement, 1949-1950
13/G3
22
Greetings, statements, etc., 1949-1950
13/G3
23
Invitations declined, 1949-1950