Latinx Voices: Marcela Rodriguez-Campo

Marcela Rodriguez-Campo

As the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project gets underway, this series highlights the UNLV students who are working as oral historians on this UNLV University Libraries Special Collections & Archives project.

Born in Cali, Colombia, Marcela Rodriguez-Campo and her family immigrated to the United States when she was five years old. Attending elementary and middle school in Florida, Rodriguez-Campo moved to Las Vegas at the start of high school in 2008. After completing an undergraduate degree at Washington State University, she returned to Las Vegas to serve as a public school teacher, specializing in teaching secondary…Read More

Book. Art. Object. by Peter Michel

Curator Peter Michel reflects on the collection of Artists' Books held in UNLV Special Collections and Archives. Photography by Aaron Mayes, Curator of Visual Materials

The book as an object designed for the transmission of text persists as a significant artifact even in a culture increasingly digital. Not all books are created as works of art, but those that are have been collected by connoisseurs, bibliophiles, and Special Collections librarians for as long as there have been libraries. Book art is a collaborative art form created by artists in small but thriving studios…Read More

Shining Light On Tragedy: Collecting 14,000,000 Tweets Following the 1 October Mass Shooting by Miranda Barrie and Thomas Padilla

"Our city of lights, in our hour of darkness, still shines." - Nevada State Senator Aaron Ford

How do cities respond to tragedy? How do they remember? How do they heal? These are some of the questions researchers at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) asked following 1 October, a mass shooting that occurred at the 2017 Route 91 music festival. Pursuing questions like these depends on access to the history of Las Vegas. UNLV Libraries has long dedicated itself to making that possible. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the libraries responded by collecting oral histories and archiving relevant websites. The libraries also collected more than 14,100,000 tweets associated with the…Read More

Collection highlight: John Levy Lighting Productions Records and the Roman temple by Jimmy Chang

Roman interpretation of classical Greek architecture, or Las Vegas’ interpretation of a Roman interpretation of classical Greek architecture?
Image Credit:Caesars Palace cabana artist’s rendering, John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc. Records, 1992-2017. MS-00832. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In 2016 John Levy, founder of John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc. donated to UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives his company’s records, which feature…Read More

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