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Uncovered storage unit adds records to Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project

By skennedy on February 28, 2017 4:41 PM | Permalink

When the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas uncovered a forgotten storage unit containing decades of papers and files detailing the organization’s history, they reached out to UNLV University Libraries to add the files to the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project.

“When we learned that a storage unit holding a substantial chunk of Jewish Federation’s history had been located, our archivists were elated,” said Barbara Tabach, Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project coordinator. “Finally, we would be able to fill in gaps of the Federation’s history with meeting minutes, photos, correspondence, and planning documents.”

In addition to the organization’s records, the unit may also contain a complete run of the Jewish Reporter, which served as a source of information and news on the Las Vegas Jewish community for more than three decades. 

Building Las Vegas

By skennedy on February 28, 2017 4:34 PM | Permalink

The Tiberti family provided start-up costs for new collecting project that is documenting the urban planning and physical construction of Southern Nevada.

Recognized as one of the region’s most successful developers, J.A. Tiberti left an indelible mark on Southern Nevada. From his early days working with the U.S. Corps of Engineers on the construction of what would become Nellis Air Force Base to the founding of the Tiberti Company, J.A. Tiberti and the Tiberti family have shaped much of the physical infrastructure of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.

“The Tibertis were one of the earliest families involved in the construction of Las Vegas,” said Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “Multiple generations of the Tiberti family have followed in the footsteps of J.A. Tiberti, developing and constructing the backbone of the city with projects that define community, such as schools, churches, medical facilities, neighborhoods, parks, homes, and businesses.”