Nevada County Historical Society

Oral History Interviews

An Evening with Ellen Sargent

On behalf of the Nevada County Historical Society, I am pleased to recommend “An Evening with Ellen,” a video available on YouTube produced by our local Famous Marching Presidents that is a dramatized interview with suffragist Ellen Clark Sargent.

Superbly played by actress, Mary Baird, Ellen comes across as a determined woman who was far ahead of her time in support of women having the right to vote.

Interviewer: Rick Ewald, Narration: Pearce Boyer.

Filmed in Nevada City’s Oddfellows Hall.

Edwin Tyson Interview, Curator of the Searls Library (2009)

This video interview was recorded in the last days of Edwin Tyson, Curator of the Searls Library and revered Nevada County historian–resident of Nevada City for many years. He became synonymous with the “Searls Library” to the extent that tourists sometimes assumed he was “old Mr. Searls” Ed passed away at age 92 in February 2010 shortly after recording this oral history. He was much respected and beloved.” Wally Hagaman conducted the interview at the Searls Library. This video file was created with very old video equipment.

Download the transcript of this video.


Beryl Robinson & Bill Wetherall

A discussion of the Nevada City Ordinance 338. “Historical District Ordinance”. Moderated by: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes. March 3, 2013. Produced by the Nevada County Historical Society.

Orlo Steele and Gerald Angove discussion topics include: Growing up in Grass Valley, California, High school, College, Careers, Cornish heritage, The logging and local mining community, Recreation as a kid, Involvement in local sports and businesses, and the creation of Sierra College.

Ed Yun discusses his life as a young Chinese man growing up in Grass Valley, California. Discussion topics include: The three fingered butcher, moving from San Francisco to Grass Valley as a kid, attending regular grade school and Chinese school at the same time, Lake Olympia, the only car dealership in Grass Valley, and of course his family!

Mike Nevius Interview (Part 1)

Local mining collector and preservationist Mike Nevius discusses growing up in Nevada County, California. Topics include: The Union Hill Store,The Empire Mine, local Grass Valley mining, collecting and preserving mining artifacts, trading gold and jewelry, working for the National Forest Service as a mechanic, and his own extensive personal mining artifact collection.

Mike Nevius Interview (Part 2)

Mike Nevius Interview (Part 3)

Marian & Darrell Murphy Interview (Part 1)

Darrel Murphy and Marian Murphy Jewett discussing life and growing up in Nevada County. Discussion topics include the Weimar Institute, The Ladies Relief Society, Empire Mine, Donation Day, and growing up around the Union Hill School District area.

Marian & Darrell Murphy Interview (Part 2)

Marian & Darrell Murphy Interview (Part 3)

Marian & Darrell Murphy Interview (Part 4)

Robert Crabb Interview (Part 1)

Robert Crabb discusses his personal history involving the Northstar Powerhouse Pelton Wheel in Grass Valley, California. He also talks about growing up in Grass Valley and his life as a cartoonist.

Robert Crabb Interview (Part 2)