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What's New in Special Collections

April 27 Author Event CANCELED

By Su Kim Chung on April 22, 2014 11:31 AM | Permalink

Please note that the Author Event for April 27 with Danielle Gomes has been canceled and will be rescheduled for Fall 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.

UNLV Libraries Author Event - April 27

By Su Kim Chung on April 8, 2014 11:23 AM | Permalink

Save the Date for the next UNLV Author Event on April 27 - Danielle Gomes, author of Hit Me! Fighting the Las Vegas Mob by the Numbers will be discussing her book and her father's life. The event will be held in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library. UNLV Campus.

Danielle Gomes - daughter of the late Dennis Gomes, who owned and operated Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, is a freelance writer and filmmaker. She co-wrote and narrated a documentary short on America’s homeless that won a Telly Award and a Videographer’s Award of Excellence. A member of the Association of Writers and Writers Program, she lives in Margate, NJ.

"The Singular Beauty of Birds" - New Exhibit in Lied Library

By Su Kim Chung on April 7, 2014 10:35 AM | Permalink

Head of Exhibits Peter Michel has curated a new exhibit in Lied Library based on unique materials held in Special Collections.

“The Singular Beauty of Birds”: The Natural History of the West and the Art of Bird Illustration

Highlighting the work of Andrew Jackson Grayson whose bird paintings were reproduced in a limited edition of vibrantly colored, large folio plates by the Arion Press in a portfolio entitled The Birds of the Pacific Slope, this exhibit places the art of bird illustration in the context of western exploration and the natural sciences which formed an important part of the government-sponsored western expeditions of the nineteenth century.

The exhibit also reflects on the technology of printing and illustration which popularized an art immortalized by John James Audubon, Grayson, John Gould, Edward Lear, Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Rex Brasher.

First floor of Lied Library, south corridor.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Matias Karekallas | In Residence March 19 - April 8

By Su Kim Chung on March 20, 2014 12:17 PM | Permalink

Matias Karekallas

Special Collections and the Center for Gaming Research welcome Eadington Gaming Fellow, Matias Karekallas.

Karekallas is a sociology Ph.D. student in the Department of Social Research at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also has a background in cultural geography where he earned his Master's degree. His dissertation approaches gambling from a cultural perspective and examines the (mental) images and places attached to gambling. In addition to gambling, his primary (research) interests include various phenomena related to popular music and sports. Karekallas is also a project researcher at the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research and is currently working on a project that examines how people begin and learn to gamble.

Documenting the Lasting Legacy of Showgirls in Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on March 17, 2014 5:15 PM | Permalink

Jerry Jackson Design

If you'd always wanted to know more about the many historical entertainment documents that  Special Collections has gathered over the years, read this UNLV News article by Su Kim Chung, Head of Public Services in Special Collections, to learn more about our collections documenting the history of the Las Vegas showgirl and the iconic French-style production shows that made her famous. For more images and costume designs, check out the digital collection, Showgirls which features a selection of digitized material from many of our archival collections.

Behind the Scenes in Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on March 14, 2014 12:22 PM | Permalink

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes in UNLV Special Collections to get a collection ready for patrons to use in our reading room? Here is the LASR intake area in Lied Library that allows staff to gain physical and intellectual control over large collections. Cyndi Shein, Head of Special Collections Technical Services and Tom Sommer, Special Collections Technical Services Librarian are currently working on bringing order to the Spilde Collection on Tribal Gaming for the upcoming NCAIS Workshop to be held in Special Collections, March 19-21.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Symposium Talk | March 18, 2014 | Goldfield Room

By Su Kim Chung on March 10, 2014 5:09 PM | Permalink
Michelle Robinson Talk
Michelle Robinson, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be presenting her Eadington Gaming Fellow symposium talk on March 18 at 3pm in the Lied Library Goldfield Room. More information on Dr. Robinson and her research is available here.

 “Billy Graham Comes to Las Vegas: Faith at Work on the Strip”