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Behind the Scenes

Union Pacific Railroad: Unlikely Water Conservation Pioneers by Gayle O'Hara

By Su Kim Chung on April 19, 2019 5:53 PM | Permalink

 

Las Vegas Age newspaper clipping on water conservation dated February 20, 1942 from the files of the Union Pacific Railroad Collection (MS-00397)

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day celebration, Digital Collections Specialist Gayle O'Hara's blog post focuses on historical efforts at water conservation as uncovered in the Union Pacific Railroad Collection (MS-00397).  O'Hara recently received her MLIS from San Jose State University and is currently managing the digitization of portions of the UPR Collection with a focus on water-related files.

"Raising the Curtain": A Large-Scale Digitization Project at UNLV Libraries by Cory Lampert, Emily Lapworth & Sarah Jones

By Su Kim Chung on June 12, 2018 1:31 PM | Permalink

 

”Publicity Photographs” ent000158-001. Jerry Jackson Papers MS-00573. 

Cory Lampert, Head of Digitial Collections in UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives, and her colleagues Emily Lapworth (Digital Special Collections & Archives Librarian) and Sarah Jones (Visiting Special Collections & Archives Technical Services Librarian) "raise the curtain" on a fabulous new digital collection that has made it possible to access hundreds of documents and photos on Las Vegas entertainment history. 

Culinary Workers Union Collection Comes Alive Through Tech in Digital Collections Lab by Jasmin Bryant

By Su Kim Chung on November 15, 2017 4:22 PM | Permalink

 

Photographs of Frontier Victory rally , Culinary Union, Las Vegas (Nev.), 1998 January 31. Culinary Workers Union Local 226 Las Vegas, Nevada Photograph Collection (PH:00382)

In one photograph a diverse group of union workers hold up a banner together that boldly declares, “Whatever it takes. As long as it takes.” In another, Rev. Jesse Jackson holds his fist in the air during a labor union rally on the Strip. And in a series of negatives, the moment is captured when one of the longest labor strikes in American history finally ends, with jubilant workers embracing each other and applauding. These are just a few among the thousands of images that can be found within the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 Photograph Collection, now available online.

Special Collections & Archives Completes Work on NHPRC Grant “America’s Great Gamble”

By Su Kim Chung on October 23, 2017 11:48 AM | Permalink

Special Collections and Archives project staff recently completed work on the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) grant-funded project, “America’s Great Gamble: A Project to Promote the Discovery of Sources About the Expansion of Legalized Gambling Across the United States.” The $129,600 grant allowed SCA to hire two full-time project archivists, and two student assistants who were able to process and describe four of our most significant modern gaming collections.

Archiving UNLV's Web Presence

By Su Kim Chung on February 23, 2016 5:30 PM | Permalink

 

Documenting the UNLV web site using Archive-It - a service of the Internet Archive.

The University Archives in UNLV Libraries Special Collections have been collecting the paper records and publications of UNLV for nearly fifty years, but in the twenty-first century, it is has become essential to collect and document the university's landscape in the digital world.  Thus, UNLV Libraries Special Collections has recently begun to archive UNLV's public web presence via Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive. Read more about this work in the February issue of the UNLV Libraries Between the Lines newsletter and check out the UNLV Libraries page on the Archive-It site!

Dorothy Keeler: Deputy County Clerk and Motorist, by Angela Moor

By Cyndi Shein on September 29, 2015 9:56 AM | Permalink

Angela Moor, UNLV PhD candidate and Special Collections intern, 2015

Before beginning my internship in Special Collections this summer, I hoped I might come across materials that would be useful for my doctoral dissertation about the history of weddings and divorce in Las Vegas during the 1930s and 1940s.  When I worked on the Dorothy Keeler Papers (MS-00195), I was excited to find some great materials about the early Las Vegas wedding industry and 1930s in Southern Nevada.

Dorothy Keeler portrait, undated

Las Vegas Pride! by Franklin Howard

By Cyndi Shein on September 14, 2015 11:40 AM | Permalink

 

For many in the LGBT community, summer is a season of travel and celebration. Beginning in June, cities across the United States hold LGBT Pride parades and festivals that draw thousands from the community and its allies. Las Vegas is no exception—the Las Vegas Pride Night Parade will be held on September 18th this year. The Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. (SNAPI) has been in charge of planning Las Vegas LGBT Pride since 1995 and Special Collections has some of the records of one of its executive members, Strutt Hurley, from the early years of the organization.


Hurley was the Director of Entertainment of SNAPI in 1996 and 1997 and her collection features documents that demonstrate how the parades and Pride events were constructed. Among the documents are edited drafts of press releases and sample pages from Pride programs that show how much work and thought went into creating this one event.