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The Visual Art of Printing: The Curious and Their Collections (Part I) by Peter Michel

By Su Kim Chung on May 23, 2018 6:30 PM | Permalink

From the German Baroque to Revolutionary France, with Bill Harrah’s playing cards in between, the art of printing and printmaking has captured the eye of collectors. This Reading Room exhibit highlights the visual arts of printing from three collections representing three very different collectors: a European scholar of literature, an unknown American collector of Napoleana, and a Nevada gaming mogul.

In part one of this series on his exhibit "The Visual Art of Printing," curator Peter Michel discusses a rare collection of German Baroque literature housed in Special Collections & Archives. 

A German Baroque literature Collection at UNLV?

Voices from the Archives: Holocaust Remembrance Day by Nancy Hardy

By Su Kim Chung on May 2, 2016 10:49 AM | Permalink

 

Yom HaShoah marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and is observed during the Week of Remembrance, this year beginning the evening of May 4th. (Holocaust remembrance event at the Jewish Federation, circa 1998-2000. Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records, MS-00602)

No voices recorded among our archived oral histories are more powerful or heart wrenching than those of Southern Nevadans who recounted their personal memories of one of the greatest war crimes of the modern world. These oral histories, along with biographical essays and video interviews with Holocaust survivors, are accessible online to everyone as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Photo Essay: The Tomiyasu Family by Nancy Hardy

By Su Kim Chung on April 29, 2016 10:10 AM | Permalink

As part of UNLV Libraries’ observance of Asian, Pacific Islander & Middle Eastern Heritage Month, we’re sharing—and celebrating—an incredible life story documented in our Tomiyasu Photograph Collection. Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu is notable in early Las Vegas history for the 160-acre ranch he operated near what is now Pecos and Warm Springs Road. The Tomiyasu Farm provided a surprising array of luscious produce for Las Vegas and even the remotest areas in Southern Nevada, as well as for workers at the Boulder Dam construction site.  By Nancy Hardy, Outreach and Reference Assistant, UNLV Libraries Special Collections. 

A portrait of Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu taken in California sometime between 1908 and 1910.  (Tomiyasu Photo Collection, PH: 0294-0004)

Heroines of “Sin City” Pulp Fiction by Nancy Hardy

By Su Kim Chung on March 18, 2016 3:19 PM | Permalink

 

UNLV Libraries Special Collections includes many unexpected items of ephemera and literature, from elegant 19th Century hotel menus to lurid crime novels based in a fictionalized Las Vegas. 

For Women’s History Month, Public Services Outreach Assistant Nancy Hardy investigates a few of the female characters who populate the tantalizing guilty-pleasure paperbacks of Las Vegas-based pulp fiction that are a unique part of Special Collections.

 

Cover image of The Only Girl in the Game by John D. McDonald (UNLV Libraries Special Collections)

Celebrating the Nevada Women's Archives

By Su Kim Chung on March 11, 2016 12:41 PM | Permalink

Mesquite Club mother/daughter luncheon, Las Vegas, Nevada, probably late 1920s or early 1930s. The oldest women's club in Las Vegas, it was founded in 1911 and still exists today. Betty Ham Dokter Collection PH 0012 0001.

Collection Highlight: Leonard Blood Papers by Kayla McDuffie

By Su Kim Chung on August 4, 2014 9:49 AM | Permalink

Throughout the summer I worked on many collections – the one I found to be the most interesting was the Leonard Blood Papers (collection number: MS-00161). This collection documents the life of Leonard Blood, who was responsible for hiring people for the Boulder (Hoover) Dam project between 1931 and 1938. The collection contains a scrapbook of articles featuring Blood, documents from the Boulder Dam project, his Navy and Naval Reserve paperwork, and his employment history.

Throwback Thursday ~ by Hana Gutierrez

By Su Kim Chung on July 31, 2014 3:58 PM | Permalink

(Photos of Renee Lee come from the Renee Lee papers, MS-00587)

While working in Special Collections I have come across many collections with interesting pieces, but one collection that has remained in my mind is the Renee Lee Collection. The collection documents the later years of Renee Lee’s career as an actress and singer in Las Vegas. My favorite items in the collection are two images of Ms. Lee. The first image is a picture of her posing in a showgirl outfit in the 1960s. The second image is of her again posing in a showgirl’s outfit, but about 40 years later. As soon as I saw the two photos juxtaposed, I was reminded of the popular “Throwback Thursday” internet trend in which a person recreates a photo from her past to show how she has changed or stayed the same. I admire the pride Lee took in her body and professional image no matter her age.

Hana Gutierrez is an undergraduate student assistant in UNLV Special Collections.