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Preserve, Build, Inspire, Impact : 50th Anniversary Event Series

By Su Kim Chung on December 15, 2017 12:00 AM | Permalink


Join us for this special event series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives.

Preserve the Past: A Musical Essay with Judy Jones
Friday, January 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
Judy Jones shares excerpts from her upcoming memoir about life as a Copa Girl at the Sands Hotel during the Rat Pack-era. Mixing backstage stories with live classic music performances, this is an unforgettable performance you won’t want to miss.

Exhibit Opening: Built
Friday, February 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit featuring photography by Aaron Mayes and items from Building Las Vegas.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert E. Lang, Executive Director of the Lincy Institute, Director of Brookings Mountain West, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, and Professor of Urban Affairs

Celebrate Special Collections & Archives 50th Anniversary

By Su Kim Chung on October 20, 2017 10:54 AM | Permalink

You are invited to attend our campus celebration to commemorate 50 years of Special Collections and Archives on Thursday, November 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lied Library lobby. We will have remarks from University Libraries Dean Maggie Farrell, Senior Vice Provost Carl Reiber, and Director of Special Collections and Archives Michelle Light. We'll be serving special 50th anniversary cupcakes and inviting everyone to explore our 50 Treasures for 50 Years exhibit.

Event Announcement: Jay Sarno Roundtable

By David G. Schwartz on January 21, 2014 2:20 PM | Permalink

March 2, 4PM
Roundtable Discussion: Jay Sarno: His Life and Legacy

Jay Sarno did more than build two of the most iconic casinos in the world, Caesars Palace and Circus Circus. He created the mold for modern Las Vegas. In this panel discussion, those who knew him best will talk about his contributions and his quirks.

Panelists include

  • Oscar Goodman, former Las Vegas mayor and Sarno’s attorney
  • Burton Cohen, casino president
  • Mel Larson, former Circus Circus vice president of marketing
  • Jay C. Sarno, September Sarno, Freddie Sarno, and Heidi Sarno Straus, Jay Sarno’s children

The panel will be moderated by David G. Schwartz, author of Sarno biography Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

View invitation (pdf)

Event Announcement: 2/23 Larry Gragg Author Talk

By David G. Schwartz on January 21, 2014 2:18 PM | Permalink

February 23, 4 PM
Author Event: Larry Gragg

Introduced by Nevada Historian Dr. Michael Green

In his book Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture Larry Gragg invites readers to view Las Vegas in an entirely new way. Gragg considers how popular culture has depicted the city and its allure over its first century. He draws on hundreds of films, television programs, novels and articles and identifies changing trends in how the city is presented. In its earliest days, Las Vegas was promoted by boosters as the last frontier town where cowboys and prospectors enjoyed liquor, women and gambling. In the 1950s it was largely characterized as a sophisticated resort town. More recently, Las Vegas has been depicted as controlled by organized crime, offering non-stop entertainment and luxury. Gragg introduces readers to gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Tony Spilotro and entertainers like Elvis and Frank Sinatra. His book is an eclectic blend of stories, people sights and sounds that make up Las Vegas’ appeal.

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By Tom Sommer on March 20, 2013 10:01 AM | Permalink


April 21 -27, 2013

This year, University Libraries will participating in National Preservation Week.

Libraries all over the country will present events, activities, and resources  that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

In honor of Preservation Week, University Libraries will be hosting a Preservation Open House, on the 3rd Floor of the Lied Library.  April 27th, 2013; Saturday (2:00 -5:00 pm).