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Collection Highlights

Harrah’s Entertainment Corporate Archives Ready for Researchers! by Hannah Robinson

By Special Collections & Archives Technical Services on August 24, 2017 8:48 AM | Permalink

The Harrah’s brand began in 1946 with Bill Harrah when he opened a bingo parlor in Reno, Nevada. Ever since the opening of Harrah’s Reno Club, the brand has contributed to and often led trends in casino and gaming marketing and corporate strategies. For example, Harrah’s established a lucrative busing program in the 1950s, created a linked customer loyalty program in the late 1990s, and partnered with Native American nations just after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1989.

Royer Collection on Gaming ~ Ready for Researchers! by Hannah Robinson

By Special Collections & Archives Technical Services on July 30, 2017 7:21 PM | Permalink

As the gaming industry expanded dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s, Gary Royer provided his casino managing, auditing, and accounting expertise to hundreds of corporations, casinos, and regulatory agencies in the United States. As a consultant and auditing agent, Royer created extensive research files that researchers can now peruse to gain insight about the expansion of gaming in the US in the last fifty years. Researchers interested in the development of gaming policy, changes in casino management and operational control procedures, and the corporatization of the US gaming industry will find a wealth of information in the Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming. The Royer Collection is housed in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives and a detailed inventory of the collection is available online.

Laughlin, Nevada documentation from the Royer collection, UNLV

Collection highlight: Martin Stern Jr.'s architectural vision for Autoworld, by Jimmy Chang and Tyler Stanger

By Special Collections & Archives Technical Services on March 20, 2017 12:00 AM | Permalink


Aerial perspective illustrating Stern's conceptual layout for Harrah's Autoworld complex. Martin Stern Architectural Records, 1953-1990. MS-00382. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UNLV Libraries is home to the Martin Stern Architectural Records.  UNLV School of Architecture students Jimmy Chang and Tyler Stanger explore an unbuilt project of architect Martin Stern Jr., whose projects, from the International Hotel to the first MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, have paved the way for both intellectual thought and physical land in Las Vegas.

A Note on Sovereignty, by Lee M. Hanover

By Special Collections & Archives Technical Services on February 7, 2017 5:08 PM | Permalink

Handwritten note from the Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming, 1789-2015. MS-00092. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.