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Statement of Purpose and Goals

The Oral History Research Center at UNLV was formally established by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada System in September 2003 as an entity of the University Libraries' Special Collections.

The purpose of the Center is to conduct and collect audio taped interviews, sometimes supplemented by video segments, of persons selected for their ability to provide first-hand observations on a variety of historical topics in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.


I. Design projects that will orally capture the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.

II. Act as a clearinghouse for oral history projects throughout the UNLV campus as well as those at other locations in the Las Vegas area (libraries, historical societies, museums, the Community College System, etc.) to enable us to provide information to patrons and to be a repository for certain projects.

III. Play an active role in state, regional, and national oral history associations that will provide an audience for and critiques of our various projects.

IV. Teach classes and seminars in the art of collecting oral histories.

V. Assist Special Collections in securing collections of historical documents where appropriate.

VI. Promote Oral History as a method of gathering and preserving historical information.

VII. Promote and foster professional standards and practices in the conduct of oral history.

VII. Encourage those who produce and use oral history to recognize and apply the principles, rights, ethical obligations for the creating and preservation of source materials.

Special Collections houses a number of oral histories that have been cataloged and are searchable in the library catalog. Uncataloged oral histories are listed alphabetically by the interviewee's last name in a guide available at the Special Collections service desk. In some cases, written transcripts may not be available.

If you would like more information on our Oral History Collection, please contact the Director of the Oral History Research Center, Claytee D. White, at

Updated: Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:54:25 PST
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