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Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project

Staff Highlight: Visiting Special Collections Librarian Emily Lapworth

By Su Kim Chung on January 14, 2015 1:49 PM | Permalink

We are pleased to welcome Emily Lapworth who has been appointed Visiting Special Collections Librarian and will serve as an archivist for the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project.  Emily will focus on acquiring and processing archival records as well as preparing biographical entries, organizational histories, and finding aids for the project. Emily's first day on campus for her 18-month appointment was January 5, 2015.

Emily has an in-depth knowledge of archival theory and digitization practices, experience working with donors, and skills developed while working with a wide variety of archival collections, including collections that focus on the Jewish experience in America.  She earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and her Masters of Library Science from Simmons College.

Documenting Our Region's Jewish Community

By Michelle Light on October 29, 2014 3:46 PM | Permalink

In August Special Collections launched the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project.  With assistance from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the UNLV Libraries will collect historical primary sources (e.g., photographs, documents, newspapers, and more) about the Southern Nevada Jewish community, conduct oral histories to capture first hand testimony about Jewish life in Las Vegas, and create a digital collection to provide online access to these historical resources. 

Edythe and Lloyd Katz, and their families on their wedding day, 1948.

Edythe and Lloyd Katz on their wedding day, 1948. Edythe is kissing her father, and Lloyd is hugging his father. Edythe and Lloyd Katz Photograph Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections.