These children pose on the steps of the Boulder City City Hall in this undated photograph from our Manis Collection. The building first served as a school for children of Boulder Dam construction workers. The girls wear costumes decorated with hearts as "Uncle Sam" looks on. It may or may not have been Valentine's Day, but we still think it's fitting for February!
Five young bathers at the swimming hole at Ladd’s Resort Las Vegas, ca. 1920s (E. W. Cragin Photo Collection, PH: 0017-0022)
In summertime, UNLV Libraries Special Collections’ reading room offers a cool retreat from the heat. It’s a quiet place to study, to do research, or simply to spend time learning about Las Vegas’ historic past. During this hottest time of the year, we thought we’d share images from our photo collections that show how early residents and visitors managed to cope with sizzling temperatures at various Las Vegas resorts over the years.
As part of UNLV Libraries’ observance of Asian, Pacific Islander & Middle Eastern Heritage Month, we’re sharing—and celebrating—an incredible life story documented in our Tomiyasu Photograph Collection. Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu is notable in early Las Vegas history for the 160-acre ranch he operated near what is now Pecos and Warm Springs Road. The Tomiyasu Farm provided a surprising array of luscious produce for Las Vegas and even the remotest areas in Southern Nevada, as well as for workers at the Boulder Dam construction site. By Nancy Hardy, Outreach and Reference Assistant, UNLV Libraries Special Collections.
A portrait of Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu taken in California sometime between 1908 and 1910. (Tomiyasu Photo Collection, PH: 0294-0004)