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Special Collections & Archives in the News: Spring 2018

By Su Kim Chung on May 2, 2018 5:45 PM | Permalink

The spring semester has seen Special Collections & Archives staff and initiatives featured in a number of news stories. Just in case you’ve missed any of them, we’ve gathered them all in one place for you to peruse.

Aaron Mayes’ spring exhibit “Built” was profiled in both Desert Companion (“Visual Art: We Built this City”) and Las Vegas Weekly (“Aaron Mayes’ Built Considers the Constructed Landscape of Las Vegas")

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.

Exhibit Highlight: From Tract House To Bauhaus The Modern House In Mid-Century Las Vegas

By Su Kim Chung on July 29, 2015 2:11 PM | Permalink

Illustrations:  Paradise Palms housing development brochure. From the Farnsworth Collection MS-00497.

Special Collections Curator Peter Michel has created a new exhibit about mid-century modern home design in Las Vegas.  The exhibit cases feature original architectural designs drawn from UNLV's collections on architects Elmo Bruner, James B. McDaniel and Dale Scheideman as well as the Las Vegas Historical Building Survey Collection, historical housing development brochures from the Farnsworth Collection, color photographs of mid century moderns homes from the Mancuso Casino Collection, excerpts from the "West Charleston Neighborhoods: An Oral History Project of Ward 1" and others. 

Exhibit Highlight: The French Connection

By Su Kim Chung on May 1, 2015 5:29 PM | Permalink

Special Collections Librarian Karla Irwin has curated a new exhibit on the 1st floor of Lied Library. The French Connection: Lido de Paris and Folies Bergère in Las Vegas explores the artistry and imagination of French production shows in Las Vegas. Materials in the exhibit were drawn from various collections in UNLV Special Collections and represent the range of documentation we hold on the history of Las Vegas entertainment. The Folies Bergere costumes and headdresses in the exhibit were loaned courtesy of the Nevada State Museum. Here is a preview of this exciting exhibit!

My only aim is to…give the audience three enchanting hours of fantasy and beauty and fun, and evening's escape into the land of dream-fulfillment.
-Paul Derval, owner/manager of the Folies Bergère in Paris from 1916-1966

Exhibit Highlight - Images in Silver: Photography of Goldfield, America’s Last Great Gold Rush

By Su Kim Chung on June 2, 2014 11:18 AM | Permalink

Head of Exhibits Peter Michel has curated a new exhibit on the 3rd floor of Lied Library.  Images in Silver: Photography of Goldfield, America's Last Great Gold Rush  features images drawn from our photo collections of this important period in southern Nevada history. Please stop by and view the exhibit - it features a number of fascinating panoramas of this area as well. Michel provides some background here on the photographers that defined this era.

Buildings on Main Street, Goldfield, Nevada, ca. early 1900s

"The Singular Beauty of Birds" - New Exhibit in Lied Library

By Su Kim Chung on April 7, 2014 10:35 AM | Permalink

Head of Exhibits Peter Michel has curated a new exhibit in Lied Library based on unique materials held in Special Collections.

“The Singular Beauty of Birds”: The Natural History of the West and the Art of Bird Illustration

Highlighting the work of Andrew Jackson Grayson whose bird paintings were reproduced in a limited edition of vibrantly colored, large folio plates by the Arion Press in a portfolio entitled The Birds of the Pacific Slope, this exhibit places the art of bird illustration in the context of western exploration and the natural sciences which formed an important part of the government-sponsored western expeditions of the nineteenth century.

The exhibit also reflects on the technology of printing and illustration which popularized an art immortalized by John James Audubon, Grayson, John Gould, Edward Lear, Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Rex Brasher.

First floor of Lied Library, south corridor.

Caesars Palace Exhibit - 3rd Floor, Lied Library

By Su Kim Chung on March 4, 2014 4:19 PM | Permalink

A model standing in front of the neon sign for Caesars Palace (Las Vegas), August 1966 advertising the grand opening. YESCO Collection, 98-12.

In honor of the recent roundtable on Jay Sarno's life and legacy, Head of Exhibits Peter Michel curated an exhibit on Caesars Palace that is located just outside of the Goldfield Room.  It's drawn from a variety of collections in UNLV Special Collections, and features architectural drawings, menus, photographs, postcards, ephemera,artifacts, and original press releases documenting the history of one of the most legendary Las Vegas hotel/casinos ever built. Much of the material has never been on display before, and will be on exhibit through April 30.