The Dorothy Dorothy Photograph Collection (approximately 1910-1985) consists of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives as well as colored transparencies of Dorothy Dorothy. Included are photographs of campaigns, meetings, and banquets with various local and federal politicians. Also included are photographs of her husband, Dale Dorothy, and their ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
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Scope and Contents Note
The Dorothy Dorothy Photograph Collection (approximately 1910-1985) consists of photographic prints and photographic transparencies of farmer and singer, Dorothy Dorothy, and her involvement in political activism, city development, animal rights awareness, and other philanthropic efforts. Included are photographs of campaigns, meetings, and banquets with politicians. Also included are photographs of her husband, Dale Dorothy, and their ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. There are several photographs of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site captured from the Dorothy's ranch in Pahrump as well as photographs of Dorothy Dorothy's singing career in California.
Collection is open for research.
Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.
Collection materials are arranged by topic.
Biographical / Historical Note
Dorothy Dorothy was born on February 17, 1899 to James "Buck" Buchanan Richardson and Lulu Cooley in California. In her adolescence, she performed in a singing troupe that travelled throughout northern California. Dorothy eventually gave up singing after having multiple throat surgeries. She then wrote song lyrics under the name Dorothy Varnum. Dorothy attended San Francisco College and after graduation opened her own brokerage firm. Dorothy took flying lessons at Mills Field in San Francisco, California and subsequently earned her pilot’s license. She was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, who organized an association of female pilots. Dorothy was a member of this group, known as the "Flying 99's," and was actively involved in the local chapter while living in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the 1930s, Dorothy worked as a comptometer operator in the statistical department of Shell Oil Company. After an injury to her back, she moved to Palm Springs, California where her sister, Beth Chase, lived. During her recovery, she wrote columns for local newspapers. After the beginning of World War II, she returned to work. She married John Moore MacAdam in 1943, but he died in 1945. She married Dale B. Dorothy in the late 1940s and the couple established residency in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dorothy wrote a daily column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in Las Vegas from 1946 to 1948.
In 1949 the Dorothys bought a 1,400 acre alfalfa and cotton farm in Pahrump, Nevada. She actively promoted the establishment of infrastructure in Pahrump such as roads, telephones, and electricity. Dorothy successfully lobbied local and state politicians to improve the road to Pahrump. A paved road to Pahrump from Las Vegas was opened in 1954 and citizens of Pahrump held a city-wide gathering near the road to celebrate this achievement.
From 1949 to 1958 Dorothy wrote a weekly column for the Las Vegas Sun. She also wrote for the Tonopah Times and the Henderson Home News.
Dorothy organized and served as the first president of the Women's Democratic Club of Whitney, Nevada. She worked with Virginia Catt and Gladys Dula to organize the Boulder City, Nevada Democratic Club, and with Sara Denton to organize the Blue Diamond, Nevada Democratic Club. Later Dorothy established a Democratic Club chapter in Pahrump, Nevada.
In 1958, the Dorothys migrated from Pahrump back to Las Vegas. During the presidential election of 1960, Dorothy helped campaign for the Democratic nominees and future presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Throughout the remaining years of Dorothy's life she was actively involved in a variety of local civic organizations and societies.
Dorothy Dorothy died on October 31, 1986.
Dorothy Dorothy papers, approximately 1913-1986. MS-00352. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dorothy Dorothy Photograph Collection, approximately 1910-1985. PH-00131. Special Collections and
Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 1981 by Dorothy Dorothy and in 1995 by George Morrissey III and Tamara Lohrenz; accession numbers 82-52 and 95-20.
In 2020, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, James Howard processed the materials, wrote the finding aid, and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.