|State Planning Board: Records|
General Files Inclusive dates: 1913-1918; 1935-1972 17 1/2 cu. ft. plus 2 oversize flat boxes
Among the types of records found in these files are: incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, memoranda, minutes, maps, and legislation. Materials relating to the early years of the Planning Board include applications for and reports on use of federal funds for Nevada public building projects, the Colorado River and use of its water and electrical power, soil conservation, many reference reports on Nevada demographics, public land use, development of a 6-year plan for state growth and development planning, and Post-War Planning Committee reports and correspondence. Later materials include lists of projects under the direction of the Planning Board.
The correspondence includes letters exchanged with the planning boards of other states, as well as with state and federal agencies, local officials, and contractors. The subjects of the correspondence include sewers, drainage, flood control, rural electrification, city and county planning, and land use. The minutes of the Planning Board cover (with gaps) the years 1935 to 1972. Among the subjects of the reports are land use; electrical power from Boulder Dam; appraisals of private property targeted for state acquisition for office buildings and expansion of the University of Nevada, Reno; river and stream data analysis; and safety inspections of the state capitol and Nevada State Hospital buildings.
Among the state agencies for which there is correspondence and other records are: Board of Fish and Game Commissioners; Colorado River Commission; Controller; Department of Highways; University of Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas); State Printing Office; and State Engineer.
Federal agencies represented here include: Bureau of Mines, Bureau of Reclamation, Civilian Conservation Corps, Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve System, Federal Works Agency, Forest Service, Geological Survey, National Emergency Council, National Park Service, National Resources Committee/National Resources Planning Board, Public Works Reserve Project, Public Works Administration, Resettlement Administration, and Works Progress Administration.
There is also material, such as correspondence and reports, from private organizations, for example, the National Reclamation Association. Several Nevada Planning Board officials served as national officers in that organization.
Records of individual state building projects may include the following types of materials but not all projects files contain all types:
Preliminary Investigations and Legislative Acts
The collection includes about 700 photographs dating from 1935-1965. Subjects include state buildings; floods of the Carson River; a meeting of the Colorado River Commission in 1938; about 500 images of private residences and commercial buildings purchased by the State for expansion of the State Capitol Complex in Carson City and of the University of Nevada, Reno, campus; and the proposed Delamue Dam near Panaca, Lincoln County. The photos of houses purchased by the State are in several volumes of appraisal reports dating from 1958-1961 and are identified by address and owner.