The Visual Art of Printing: The Curious and Their Collections (Part III) by Peter Michel

From the German Baroque to Revolutionary France, with Bill Harrah’s playing cards in between, the art of printing and printmaking has captured the eye of collectors. This Reading Room exhibit highlights the visual arts of printing from three collections representing three very different collectors: a European scholar of literature, an unknown American collector of Napoleana, and a Nevada gaming mogul.

In the third and final part of this series on his exhibit "The Visual Art of Printing," curator Peter Michel considers an intriguing collection of Napoleana housed in Special Collections & Archives.

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Eadington Fellow Tim Simpson: In Residence June 11 - July 6

We are delighted to welcome our latest Eadington Fellow, Dr. Tim Simpson, to the Center for Gaming Research in Special Collections & Archives.

Tim Simpson is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Macau, where he has worked since 2001. He is the co-author (with UK-based photographer Roger Palmer) of the volume Macao Macau (Black Dog Publishing, 2015), and editor of the book Tourist Utopias: Offshore Islands, Enclave Spaces and Mobile Imaginaries (Amsterdam University…Read More

"Raising the Curtain": A Large-Scale Digitization Project at UNLV Libraries by Cory Lampert, Emily Lapworth & Sarah Jones

”Publicity Photographs” ent000158-001. Jerry Jackson Papers MS-00573. 

Cory Lampert, Head of Digitial Collections in UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives, and her colleagues Emily Lapworth (Digital Special Collections & Archives Librarian) and Sarah Jones (Visiting Special Collections & Archives Technical Services Librarian) "raise the curtain" on a fabulous new digital collection that has made it possible to access hundreds of documents and photos on Las Vegas entertainment history. 

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The Visual Art of Printing: The Curious and Their Collections (Part II) by Peter Michel

From the German Baroque to Revolutionary France, with Bill Harrah’s playing cards in between, the art of printing and printmaking has captured the eye of collectors. This Reading Room exhibit highlights the visual arts of printing from three collections representing three very different collectors: a European scholar of literature, an unknown American collector of Napoleana, and a Nevada gaming mogul.

In part two of this series on his exhibit "The Visual Art of Printing," curator Peter Michel considers Bill Harrah's extensive playing card collection housed in Special Collections & Archives.

Bill Harrah and his Collections

William Harrah, founder of a corporate gaming empire that until recently bore his name, was also a collector, most famously of cars. Some of his other personal collections came to UNLV with the Harrah’s Corporate Archives including a hood ornament collection, but also a collection of over 350…Read More

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