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Southern Nevada's Planes, Trains, and Automobiles by Stefani Evans

By Su Kim Chung on September 14, 2018 4:55 PM | Permalink


Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County Director of Aviation

The UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives launched the Building Las Vegas collecting initiative in 2016 to collect and preserve evidence about this dramatic growth. This focused effort ensures future students and researchers -- urban planners, geographers, architects, historians, sociologists, and others -- can study and learn from our unique built environment. Stefani Evans, a UNLV doctoral student in history, is Project Manager.

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")

African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience Documentary Premiere February 20

By Su Kim Chung on February 15, 2017 3:03 PM | Permalink


On Monday, Feb. 20, the UNLV University Libraries’ multi-year project “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas” will culminate with the premiere of the Vegas PBS documentary African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience.

“The history of the Las Vegas African American community is the history of Las Vegas,” says Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “This documentary ​honors the African American community of Las Vegas and we are grateful to have the opportunity to share this story in the words of the people who lived it.”

UNLV Libraries Receives LSTA Grant to Partner wtih Vegas PBS

By Su Kim Chung on March 22, 2016 12:33 PM | Permalink


March 1960 meeting at the Moulin Rouge Hotel Coffee Shop to end segregation on the Las Vegas Strip. City officials and NAACP members met to eliminate segregation in public accommodations and jobs and discuss calling off demonstrations on the Strip in the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada. From left to right: Woodrow Wilson (NAACP), Lubertha M. Warden Johnson, Bob Bailey (NAACP), Clesse Turner (County Commissioner), Butch W. E. Leypoldt (Sheriff), Hank Greenspun (Las Vegas Sun), Dr. James B. McMillan (President of the NAACP), Oran Gragson (Mayor), Dr. Charles I. West, Ray K. Sheffer (Chief of Police), Art Olsen (County Commissioner), possibly David Hoggard, and Donald Clark (NAACP). Marie McMillan Collection PH 0334:0008

Vegas PBS Panel Discussions

By Tom Sommer on November 22, 2013 7:23 PM | Permalink

The collaborative to Document the African American Experience in Las Vegas is in the process of conducting the second series of roundtable discussions.  The first panel filmed in this sequence recalled fact and memories about Berkley Square.  On November 6, 2013 the conversation was by Brenda William with panelists that included Esther Langston, Agnes Marshall, Jarmilla McMillan-Arnold, and Courtney Mooney.  They examined various aspects of this first subdivision in Nevada built by and for African Americans.  Architect Paul Williams designed the homes and the Thomas Berkley acted as financier for Berkley Square which is located approximately 1/2 mile from the center downtown.

One week later, Patricia Cunningham, master talk show host, moderated a panel that discussed Las Vegas black media.  Craig Knight (GM KCEP), Ramon Savoy (Editor, Sentinel Voice Newspaper), Roosevelt Toston (first news anchorman of color), and Kim Bailey Tureaud (Founder and Editor of Black Image Magazine) provided insights on the history and future of black media in the Westside community and beyond.

Living to Dance: Tapping in Las Vegas

By Michelle Light on August 31, 2013 12:00 AM | Permalink

By Claytee White, Director of the UNLV Oral History Research Center

Dr. Marcia Robinson, Director of the West Las Vegas Arts Center, called my attention to a group of older women who enjoy tap dance classes at her facility several time per week. One Sunday afternoon, I met the leader of the group, Carolyn Freeman, wife of jazz great, Russ Freeman. Her enthusiasm captured my attention. That following week, Andres Moses, Regent Awards Program Student, and I went over with the video camera. The six septuagenarian and octogenarian women of diverse backgrounds were led through intricate steps by a young man fifty years their junior, Lindell Blake. Andres and I immediately scheduled interviews. Please enjoy and grow younger just by watching their moves and listening to their stories.


Rose Hamilton & Friends

By Michelle Light on August 31, 2013 12:00 AM | Permalink

This segment from the Boyer Early Las Vegas History Project highlights the memories of Rose Hamilton and friends. Rose, Carolyn, Marilyn, Deloris and Bobbie grew up together in Las Vegas and they are still very good friends. The interview by Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Research Center, was taped in Bobbie's home on January 20, 2007.

Staff Highlight: Claytee White and Finding Las Vegas

By Tom Sommer on August 27, 2013 12:53 PM | Permalink

Claytee White


When the average person talks about Las Vegas as decadent, sinful, dangerous and seedy, I am always the person in the room who argues the opposites.  From my vantage point I see a city that is vibrant, exciting and alive with possibilities.  Why the difference in perspective?  I see Las Vegas from inside average homes where I go to document the city's history.  I see Las Vegas as I record stories sitting at a kitchen table sharing a cup of coffee, or in the den with the family dog jumping on my lap, or on a patio listening to memories while watching a sunset.  This is my Las Vegas.  My Las Vegas extends from Sun Rise Mountain to Mt. Charleston, from Aliante to Boulder City, and from Blue Diamond to Lake Las Vegas.

Panel Discussion at NEON Museum

By Tom Sommer on May 20, 2013 11:35 AM | Permalink

On Thursday, May 23, the Neon Museum will host a special program commemorating the 58th anniversary of the opening of Las Vegas’ famed Moulin Rouge Casino.  Las Vegas filmmaker Stan Armstrong will screen portions of his latest project, the documentary titled “The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge.” Stan will also serve on the panel with Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries, and others that may include Katherine Joseph and Jerushia McDonald. Dr. Michael Green, professor of history, College of Southern Nevada, will serve as the panel moderator.

The evening will begin with a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. with the panelists for Neon Museum members only. Doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

African American Collaborative Project - Town Hall Meeting

By Tom Sommer on May 1, 2013 3:08 PM | Permalink

The African American Collaborative Project is holding the third in a series of three Town Hall Meetings on Saturday, 11 May 2013. This meeting will be held at the West Las Vegas Library (951 W. Lake Mead) from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The goal of this project is to collect oral interviews, photographs, and manuscript materials depicting the overarching, pivotal experiences of blacks in Las Vegas.

Please join us for a few hours to:

-tell stories
-share photos from your personal collection
-test your knowledge of historical facts
-enjoy light refreshments
-give us names of people who have materials and/or stories about the black experience in Las Vegas.