One of the enduring missions of the UNLV University Libraries is to preserve the dynamic history and culture of Southern Nevada. However, the region was built by a variety of important communities whose voices have not always been well represented by traditional outlets. One such community is the Jewish community, an important presence in Las Vegas since the city’s inception. Jewish individuals have contributed to the growth and development of our region in a number of significant ways.
UNLV Libraries recently received a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to fund the first year of a three-year Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. This comprehensive project will document the history of Las Vegas through the lens of the Jewish experience. With this grant, efforts are underway to collect oral histories, videos, documents, photographs, and other materials. These items will be preserved, digitized, and made available online.
Four advisory boards are charged with engaging a broad segment of the community, helping identify interviewees, assisting the Libraries in finding materials to collect, and advising on matters of interest to the region’s Jewish community.
For information on how you can get involved and to learn more about this exciting project and the many members of the community already participating in it, please visit us at http://digital.library.unlv.edu/jewish.