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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.


Collection Highlight: LGBT Materials in Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on June 18, 2014 12:46 PM | Permalink

Nevada Gay Rodeo Association entry in Gay Pride celebration, 1998. From the Dennis McBride Collection

Interesting in researching LGBT history in Las Vegas in honor of LGBT Pride Month? UNLV Special Collections holds a number of significant manuscript and photograph collections that document the history of the LGBT community in Las Vegas. We also collect a number of local LGBT publications such as the Las Vegas Bugle, Q Vegas and Night Beat.  Our manuscript collections include the records of groups and organizations such as Equal Rights Nevada, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Bugle, and the Las Vegas Men's Club, among others. Personal papers include Dan Hinkley, Eddie Anderson, Caratelli Collection, Strutt Hurley, Marge Jaques, Ted Lenhart, and many others.