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Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Stead campus in 1977, when TMCC was still known as Western Nevada Community College, a branch of WNCC whose main campus was based in Carson City. WNCC in Carson City is now Western Nevada College.
Soup cans labeled with “Cream of Education: Soup for Success,” and a recipe with directions to “Mix well, and let stew…when education is complete, turn out and look for a bright future,” is one example of the quirky and intriguing historical items that are now stored in Truckee Meadows Community College official archives in the Elizabeth Sturm Library.
TMCC’s historical archives are located on the second floor of the library, and host various sizes of filing cabinets, rolling storage shelves and book cases. The room is kept locked, and an appointment is needed to browse these timeworn materials. Its mission is to maintain a collection of resources that document the college’s history.
Cameron Carr, Library Assistant III, has been working on the archives for about two years. Organizing the records has involved sorting, categorizing, labeling, prioritizing, condensing important collections and some recycling of duplicate copies, Carr said. About 3-5 copies of each item is kept, if possible.
“We are always looking for materials like old photos and reports that may be of interest,” said Carr. “We would like to go over all donated items to see whether they may have a place in the archives.”
Among the many items in the collection are publications, videos and memorabilia including:
Western Nevada College requested 1972-1982 graduation lists to help fill in gaps existing in their own collection. Slides have been borrowed for retirement celebrations. Copies of accreditation materials from the 1980s were requested, Carr said.
During research on the history of the lizard mascot icon, the staff writer found instances of logo designs and lizard illustrations in a class schedule of Summer 1995, and an Associated Students of Truckee Meadows (ASTM) logo of lizards in the newspaper, Voices, during that same year.
There are intriguing facts accessible to the dedicated researcher at TMCC:
There is a set of detailed and artistic storyboards which are still a mystery. Plans for a theatrical production? Storyboards for the first college commercial?
Also, there is a scanned article called “The Lizard’s Tale” that explains some history behind the lizard being TMCC’s unofficial mascot going back to the 1970s. If anyone in the campus community has information about the storyboards or the article, please contact Carr.
Carr stressed that many of the collections are starting to be digitized, which will make items more easily accessible.
For more information about the historical archives, email Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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