OHRC 20th Anniversary

Reveal OHRC logo

The Oral History Research Center (OHRC) at the UNLV University Libraries was founded in 2003. For 20 years, the center has recorded eye-witness accounts from members of greater Las Vegas communities to capture the history of the city and Southern Nevada. After two decades of work, the center holds more than 4,000 oral history interviews within its repository. 

This exhibition explores all of these projects and highlights the history of the communities recorded by the OHRC. While each panel tells part of the history of Las Vegas, together they depict the complexity of our history and the need for continued recording within the Oral History Research Center for years to come. 

Claytee White

Founding Director of the Oral History Research Center

Claytee White has been the director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV since its founding in 2003. In this position, she has collected the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from long-time residents. 

Claytee has written several book chapters, journal articles, and presented oral history papers at national conferences from Atlanta to Maui. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts in social work from California State University Los Angeles, Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and engaged in additional graduate work at the College of William and Mary.

A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Claytee is a member of the national Oral History Association, past president of the Southwest Oral History Association, former chair of the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, and serves on Advisory Boards for BlackPast.Org and the Mob Museum.

Ralph Roske

Oral History Beginnings in Las Vegas

The recording of oral histories in Southern Nevada began before the foundation of the Oral History Research Center in 2003. UNLV History Professor Ralph Roske is dubbed the patron saint of Las Vegas oral history. Throughout his tenure at UNLV, Roske trained students on the process of collecting oral histories and placed these interviews within UNLV Special Collections & Archives. Roske and his students’ interviews make a collection of over 1,100 oral histories included within our archives.

Photo of Ralph Roske

Contributors of the Oral History Research Center

Photo of Stefani Evans

Stefani Evans

Project Manager since 2016

Photo of Barbara Tabach

Barbara Tabach

Project Manager from 2010-2022

Photo of Kristin Hicks

Kristin Hicks

Transcriber since 2008

Student Oral Historians

  • Lisa Gioia-Acres
  • Laurents Bañuelos Benitez
  • Suzanne Becker
  • Maribel Estrada Calderón
  • Vanessa Concepcion
  • Monserrath Hernández
  • Elsa López
  • Nathalie Martinez
  • Andres Moses
  • Kristel Peralta
  • Marcela Rodriguez-Campo
  • Jerwin Tiu
  • Rodrigo Vazquez
  • Ayrton Yamaguchi
  • Cecilia Winchell
Michael Beiler, Director of Development

Michael Beiler

Director of Development
Maggie Farrell, Dean of University Libraries

Maggie Farrell

Dean of University Libraries