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About the Collections

Special Collections maintains a photograph collection of over 70,000 individually cataloged images, including black and white prints, color prints, scrap books, slides, negatives, color transparencies and glassplates. The photographs primarly document the history of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The department also maintains a nearly comprehensive series of aerial photographs of Las Vegas and other environments from the early 1970s to the present. The photograph collections as a whole date from the turn of the century and are particularly significant in documenting the physical culture and evolution of the city from the late 1940s through the 1970s.

To request copies or for further information, please contact Special Collections at or (702) 895-2234. For more images, see the UNLV Special Collections Digital Collections and Exhibits page. Please provide the photograph or digital ID number in your request.


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