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George Kelly Ryan Papers (MS-00120)

Abstract

The George Kelly Ryan papers (1921-1971) contain correspondence inquiring about Octavius Decatur "O. D." Gass, newspaper clippings from 1929, handwritten recollections of the Gold Ranch by Laura Royce, and a San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company information, including information on wash-outs in Nevada.

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Date
1929 to 1971
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder (shared box))
0.01 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Papers
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Scope and Contents

The George Kelly Ryan papers (1921-1971) contain correspondence inquiring about O. D. Gass, newspaper clippings from 1929, handwritten recollections of the Gold Ranch by Laura Royce, and San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company information, including information on wash-outs in Nevada.

Ryan collected information about pioneering, railroads, and Colorado River navigation in an attempt to write a history of the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort area, previously known as Fort Baker. The materials include correspondence with historical societies and military records divisions requesting information about Fort Baker.

Biographical / Historical Note

George Kelly Ryan was a geological engineer, prospector, and land use advisor who lived in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1959 until his death. He served in the Marines during World War II and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. George was also active in the Nevada Mining Council and the First United Methodist Church.

George was born June 3, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father was Archer De Vol "Archie" Ryan and his mother was Maggie Kelly. Archie was a member of the original railroad survey crew who laid out the Union Pacific railroad route in Las Vegas between August 1903 and October 1904. In the late 1920s, Archie served as the head of the Salt Lake Office of the United States General Land Office, Department of the Interior. During this time, Archie got George a job as part of the General Land Office survey party. Beginning in 1929, Archie assisted in performing preliminary surveys in Southern Nevada for the construction of Hoover (Boulder) Dam. George later met Ora Smith and married her in March 5, 1960. After her marriage, Ora was also known as Ora Palmer Prichard Ryan.

George Kelly Ryan died on June 6, 1977.

Sources:

"Retired geologist dead at 66." Las Vegas Review-Journal. June 7, 1977. Accessed October 18, 2019.

"Railway Pioneers Tell of Vegas in Early 1900s." Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 6, 1955. Accessed October 18, 2019.

Arrangement

Material remains in original order.

Preferred Citation

George Kelly Ryan Papers, 1929-1971. MS-00120. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00120
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 1976 by George Kelly Ryan; accession number 76-45.

Processing Information

In 2017, Joyce Moore processed the material, wrote teh finding aid, and entered the information into ArchivesSpace. and entered Material was processed in 2017 by Joyce Moore. In 2019, Jimmy Chang revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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