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Total manuscripts: 35

Baker, C. D.
Coll #: T35
Date: 1901- 1972
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 record storage box)
Location: 1:10:5
Collection consists of papers relating to the life and activities of civil engineer C.D. Baker who served as chief engineer, county surveyor and two-term mayor of Las Vegas in the 1950s. Baker also served as a Nevada State senator and assemblyman and ran an unsuccessful campaign for Nevada governor. Collection contains mayoral correspondence, campaign ephemera, scrapbooks, award certificates, and news clippings relating primarily to his career in politics. The collection also contains correspondence and newsletters focusing on the Las Vegas Rotary Club in the 1920s including the "The Boulder Dam" newsletter.

Berkley, Shelley Papers
Coll #: 2013-05
Date: 1982-2013
Extent: 18 boxes, 15.210 linear feet.
This collection documents the political career of Rochelle "Shelley" Berkley when she served as U.S. Representative for Nevada's 1st Congressional District. Included are correspondence and constituent mail; congressional documents and subject files, a variety of materials about Yucca Mountain, awards, and multimedia materials, including VHS and beta video tapes and an external hard drive. Topics documented include Las Vegas, health care, veteran's affairs, the hepatitis C outbreak of 2008, and Yucca Mountain and the nuclear waste controversy.
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Brown, Harlan
Coll #: 1023-1
Date: 1943-1956
Extent: 2 folders
Location: 1:1:2
Collection consists of mimeographed copy of the Index to Las Vegas City Charter (1943), Chicago Tribune newspaper (8/12/52) focusing on engineers and their achievements, and official drawings of lots and additions with Harlan Brown's signature of approval as a registered professional engineer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Clark County Economic Opportunity Board
Coll #: MS16
Date: 1962 - 1973
Extent: 4.41 linear feet (10 document boxes, 1 slim document box)
Location: 1:5:1 - 1:5:2
Collection is comprised of the administrative and program records of the Clark County Economic Opportunity Board from 1963 - 1973. The CCEOB was responsible for administering and disbursing funds allocated from the federal government's Economic Opportunity Act. The collection includes minutes, reports, budget and financial reports, correspondence, news clippings, press releases, and numerous files on programs funded by the CCEOB such as Operation Independence and Head Start.
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Clark County Museum Guild
Coll #: 2003-02
Location: 10:8:5
Collection consists of news clippings, meeting minutes, programs and other historical materials on the Clark County Museum Guild.

Corbett, Carol
Coll #: 2006-24
Date: 1970s-2000s
Extent: 7 linear feet (7 record storage cartons)
Location: 11:11:6 - 11:12:3
Personal papers documenting Carol Corbett's professional and personal life in Las Vegas including work with the Clark Co. Recorder's Office, Nevada Women's Archives, Nevada State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). Also documents how her life was impacted by coming out as a lesbian in Las Vegas in the 1980s.

Cornwall, Beda
Coll #: MS-00001
Date: 1941-1973
Extent: 3.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 2 oversized boxes)
Location: 1:1:2 and ROLLER SHELF 1:6:8
The Beda Cornwall Collection on the Citizens' Library Association of Las Vegas consists of material gathered by Beda Brennecke Cornwall that documents the activities of the Citizens' Library Association of Las Vegas during the years 1941 to 1973. Most of the materials document the efforts by the citizens group to raise money in the community to build and sustain a new public library in Las Vegas, Nevada. The remaining part of the collection relates to local and statewide libraries and biographical materials on Beda Cornwall and her husband through various documents and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.
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Dondero, Thalia M.
Coll #: 94-48
Date: 1966 - 1994
Extent: 62.2 linear feet (58 document boxes, 10 slim document boxes)
Location: 4:5:4 - 4:3:2
Collection is comprised of the political papers of Thalia Dondero during her last four years as a Clark County Commissioner from 1990 - 1994. Dondero, a long-time political and community activist in Las Vegas, currently serves on the Nevada Board of Regents. The collection consists of a variety of documents, brochures, reports and statements pertaining to Clark County, Las Vegas and Nevada. Issues covered in the collection include: environment, liquor, gambling, public works, water management and nuclear waste.
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Down, James H. Sr. Scrapbook
Coll #: 79-209
Date: 1918-1979
Extent: 1.34 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Location: Roller Shelf 1:7:7
This collection contains two scrapbooks of family memorabilia. This includes photocopies of photos of Downs early days in Las Vegas along with newspaper clippings about his run for mayor and his time in office as County Commissioner.

Ferron, William E.
Coll #: MS-00061
Date: 1917-1976
Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 1:1:1
The William E. Ferron Family Papers (1917-1976) are comprised of materials that document the lives of the Ferrons, one of the pioneer families of early Las Vegas, Nevada. It includes biographical material, speeches, and ephemera on patriarch William E. Ferron and his wife, Mary Ruth Cooper Ferron, as well as their two daughters, Barbara Ferron Doyle and Shirley Elizabeth Ferron Swanson.
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Gragson, Oran
Coll #: T86
Date: 1959 - 1974
Extent: 33.25 linear feet (15 record storage boxes ; 2 document boxes and 13 oversize boxes)
Location: 1:12:5 - 2:12:5 (Boxes 1-35) and ROLLER SHELF 1:7:4 -1:7:5 (Boxes 36-43)
Collection is comprised of the political papers of Oran Gragson, Las Vegas mayor from 1959-1974. Collection includes news clippings, city documents, memos, daily planners and correspondence. The bulk of the collection consists of Gragson's mayoral files which are arranged alphabetically . Subjects include crime, labor union arbitration, race relations, pollution abatement, and there is much information concerning the city's involvement with county and federal agencies regarding law enforcement, economic opportunity projects and planning. The collection also documents Gragson's failed bid to win the 1962 Nevada gubernatorial election. In 2005, there was an additional donation of materials from Gragon's family that consisted primarily of scrapbooks kept during his various campaigns and his time in office.
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Gregory, Leila (Walker) Collection
Coll #: T162
Date: 1920 - 197(?)
Extent: 1 slim doc box
Location: 2:3:2
Collection consists of news clippings and handwritten notes regarding the murder of Reed Walker (Leila's second husband) who was Chief Building Inspector for Las Vegas (includes his identification card and inspector badge). There are also notes and Mormon genealogy information on Leila and her third husband, Arthur Gregory, Gregory's diplomas, and Leila's correspondence with Anna Dean Kepper regarding her donation.

Harmon Family Papers
Coll #: 89-01
Date: 1910 - 1920
Extent: 3.51 linear feet (3 document boxes, 2 record storage boxes and 1 folder)
Location: 4:12:1 - 4:12:2
Collection consists of the political and personal correspondence of Las Vegas pioneer Harley A. Harmon. There are family scrapbooks with his wedding announcement, birthday cards, childrens honors etc.: correspondence includes letters and greeting cards, certificates of acceptance into groups like the Fraternal Brotherhood of Eagles, etc.; news clippings of running for County Clerk, District Attorney, Governor and reporting on his death, and a Western Union Telegraph from Franklin Roosevelt looking forward to counting Nevada as a Democratic state in the upcoming presidential election. There are also clippings about the rise of his son in politics. Additional materials added in 2003. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE

Henderson, A.S.
Coll #: T113
Date: 1898 - 1960
Extent: .42 linear feet (1 document box; 1 oversize folder)
Location: 2:8:5
This collection is comprised of the papers of A. S. Henderson, a native Nevadan who served on the Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada from 1946 to 1960. The collection focuses primarily on his prominent career as a district court judge in Las Vegas. Little is mentioned about his service as an educator, district attorney, or legislator. Types of documents in the collection include Hendersons correspondence, campaign statements, certificates and proclamations, his memorial book, newspaper clippings, an 1879 edition of Eureka and Its Resources, and ephemera.
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Inspector of Election (Griffith, Robert)
Coll #: Mss4
Date: 1911
Extent: 1 folder (containing 4 slim volumes, bound)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of tally list, poll list, challenge list, and rejected ballots tally list, and cover envelope for the first election of mayor and commissioners in Las Vegas. Records of a precinct in the election for adoption of the charter of the City of Las Vegas. The poll list provides the names of each individual voting in this first election, including pioneers such as "Pop" Squires, A.S. Henderson, and Harley Harmon.

Keeler, Dorothy V.
Coll #: T121
Date: ca. 1920 -1970s
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 2:7:2
Collection consists of newsclippings, telegrams, and photographs relating to the career of Dorothy Keeler, who was Las Vegas Deputy City Clerk from the late 1920s to 1938. There are also materials relating to the career of Eva Adams, Nevada-born director of the U.S. Mint from 1961-1969, and programs from the 100th Anniversary of Nevada celebration and the Nevada's Outstanding Women of the Century celebration.

Las Vegas Board of Commissioners
Coll #: 85-88
Date: 1921 - 1946
Extent: 1 slim document box
Location: 2:1:3
Collection is comprised of documents produced by the City of Las Vegas - Board of Commissioners. Materials include minutes, resolutions, budgets, call of special meetings, petitions, leases and reports. Subjects include Las Vegas Land and Water Company deed, War Memorial Building, city elections, city library, and the Department of Recreation. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Coll #: 96-07
Date: 1911 - 1988
Extent: 14 boxes
Location: 13:6:4-13:6:6
Collection is comprised of organizational records of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Materials include Board of Directors' meetings - minutes (incomplete); financial records, news clippings, photographs, correspondence, reports, publications and scrapbooks. There are a series of files on the history of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas News Bureau. Includes some Chamber of Commerce publications. Additional material added in 2012-13.
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Las Vegas City Commission Minutes
Coll #: MS 80-188
Date: 1911-1960
Extent: 18 oversize volumes
Location: Special vertical shelves next to MS stacks
Collection is comprised of twelve volumes of original City of Las Vegas Commission Minutes that served as the official record of the proceedings of all Las Vegas City Commission meetings from 1911-1960. They are accompanied by three volumes of City of Las Vegas ordinances dating from 1911 to 1958, one volume of legal documents from 1944-1945 and two large volumes containing an alphabetical subject index to the topics covered in the minutes. They provide a valuable historical record of a wide variety of business and community activities in Las Vegas in the first fifty years of its incorporation.
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Las Vegas City, Engineering and Planning Department
Coll #: 86-69
Date: 1949 - 1975
Extent: 2 linear feet (2 record storage boxes)
Location: 3:3:5
Collection contains various published studies and reports dealing with transportation in the Las Vegas Valley. Documents include environmental action plans, reports, evaluations of parking, highway projects and budgets for projects; includes some publications of codes and standards. Also contains a significant amount of information on Interstate 15. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Las Vegas Land and Water Co.
Coll #: Mss35
Date: 1927 -1940
Extent: 1 folder (containing 15 items)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection concerns water shortages in the City of Las Vegas due in part to wasteful water usage; refers to City Ordinance No. 247. Includes correspondence, resolutions, petitions, application for permit and newspaper clippings. Several items signed by Walter R. Bracken, Vice President and Agent of the Company, and A.M. Folger, Assistant Agent.

Las Vegas/Clark County Consolidation
Coll #: 93-17
Date: 1977 - 1992
Extent: 1 document box
Location: 4:7:2
Las Vegas City/Clark County Consolidation collection is comprised of newspaper articles and legislative notes used in a research paper titled "Blurred Boundaries and Business Licenses" by Jim Azar. This consolidation movement focused on government entities not included in the consolidation of county and city law enforcement in the early and mid-seventies. Refer to collection 90-84 for that earlier consolidation move.

Las Vegas/Clark County Urban Action Committee.....
Coll #: 90-84
Date: 1972 - 1974
Extent: 1 document box
Location: 4:9:1
The Las Vegas/Clark County Urban Action Committee Task Forces were formed to study and report findings for consolidation of Clark County and Las Vegas government entities. Collection is comprised of the reports, meeting minutes and recommendations of this task force.

Lowman, Zelvin
Coll #: T104
Date: 1966-1976
Extent: 8 record storage boxes (8 linear feet)
Location: 2:9:6 - 2:8:3
Collection is comprised of the legislative papers of Zelvin Lowman who served in the Nevada State Legislature from 1966-1976. Collection includes publications, correspondence, reports and newspaper clippings pertaining to his time in office. Subjects include Clark High School, capital punishment, medical malpractice, Las Vegas/Clark County consolidation, ERA. PARTIAL INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Lurie, Ron
Coll #: 91-45
Date: 1972-1990
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 4:9:6
Collection is comprised of manuscripts and photographs of the former mayor of Las Vegas.

Neonis, Delores
Coll #: T102
Date: 197(?)
Extent: 7 record storage boxes
Location: 2:10:5 - 2:9:2
Collection contains the personal and professional records of Delores Neonis, secretary for the Committee for Effective Mass Transportation. Included in these records are correspondence and reports from the Board of County Commissioners and the District Attorneys Office regarding the feasibility of mass transportation, specifically the monorail, and possible location sites. Ms. Neonis personal records contain copies of plays, miscellaneous photos of people, daytimers, receipt books and personal chit-chat correspondence.

O'Donnell, Tom (Judge)
Coll #: 85-61
Date: 1960 - 198(?)
Extent: x
Location: Roller Shelf 1:7:8
Collection contains the scrapbooks and news clippings of Judge ODonnells campaign for district judge, events/court cases while he was on the bench and general personal ephemera.

Ortiz Consolidation Collection
Coll #: Mss38
Date: 1976 - 1977
Extent: 10 folders (containing 208 items)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of material relating to issue of consolidation/annexation of local governments in Clark County. Primarily concerns limits of the City of Las Vegas, Nevada in clippings from the newspapers, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun, 9 July 1975 through 13 November 1977. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Petitions
Coll #: Mss29
Date: 1940
Extent: 1 folder (containing [24] items)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of petitions of citizens of Las Vegas from 1 February 1940 to 4 December 1940 that were filed with the Clerk, City of Las Vegas. A number of these petitions focus on the need for improvements on the Westside and were filed by the Westside Improvement Committee. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Phelan, Margaret
Coll #: 2005-04
Date: 1950s-1980s
Extent: 1 folder
Location: 10:2:5
Papers of Margaret Phelan, singer, who entertained on the Las Vegas Strip in the 1950s. One folder of news clippings and other documents.

Poll tax [receipt] (State of Nevada)
Coll #: Mss13
Date: 1915
Extent: 1 folder (containing 1 item)
Location: 1:1:1
Consists of the poll tax receipt of Oscar Ikonen [Enonen?] from Esmeralda County, Nevada. The Poll Tax Collector is the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Co., and Clyde P. Johnson is listed as County Auditor. It is dated April 1, 1915.

Rhodine, George
Coll #: T95
Date: 1974 -1976
Extent: 2 record storage boxes (2 linear feet)
Location: 2:11:4
The George Rhodine collection focuses primarily on the US Bicentennial celebrations, both nationally and locally. It contains a variety of news clippings, correspondence, publications and articles. A portion of the collection includes items on juvenile delinquency, ERA, parenthood and community service.

Ronzone Family Papers
Coll #: 2005-27
Date: 1900-1991
Extent: 1 record storage box, 1 slim document box (1.21 linear feet)
Location: 11:2:2
Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs documenting the life of the Richard "Dick" Ronzone, County Commissioner, and former owner of Ronzone's Department Stores in Las Vegas. Some campaign materials are included. Also includes information on his mother, Bertha Ronzone (founder of Ronzone's Department Store) , and his wife, Anne Ronzone.
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Wile, Albert E.
Coll #: T54
Date: 1941 - 1970
Extent: 1 slim doc box; 3 linear inches
Location: 1:11:5
Collection consists of personal and business records of Albert E. Wile, former Las Vegas Police Captain and Chief of Police, North Las Vegas. Collection contains Las Vegas jail records, correspondence, war time food allotments, financial, insurance, and medical records.

Williams, Nancy
Coll #: 97-010
Extent: 1 doc box (1/4 linear ft.)
Location: 6:6:2
Nancy Williams' collection contains news clippings, poetry, photos and correspondence focusing on Clark County Nevada Juvenile Services and African American poetry