Every month, Special Collections and Archives will highlight some of our newly processed collections. Here are some of the highlights for September.
Rich Rizzo Professional Papers, approximately 1960-2022. MS-01106. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore the complete Rich Rizzo finding aid.
- The Rich Rizzo Professional Papers (approximately 1960-2022) are composed largely of photographs documenting the life of Las Vegas, Nevada dancer and choreographer Rich Rizzo in shows such as Jubilee! and Lido de Paris in Las Vegas and in Paris, France. The photographs show rehearsal and performances, Rizzo with his partner and fellow choreographer Winston Helmsley, dancers and showgirls, Donn Arden, and Miss Bluebell. Other types of material include business and personal correspondence, contracts, production prospectives and set designs, show programs, and costume design photographs.
- Subjects: Choreographers; Lido de Paris (Las Vegas); Jubilee!; Entertainment -- Nevada -- Las Vegas; Male dancers; Photographers
Kaku Makino and Julie Kano oral history interview, 2021 March 22. OH-03749. [Cite format consulted: Audio recording or Transcript.] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore the complete Kaku Makino oral history interview.
- Oral history interview with Kaku Makino and Julie Kano conducted by Kristel Peralta, Vanessa Concepcion, Ayrton Yamaguchi, and Stefani Evans on March 22, 2021 for the Reflections: The Las Vegas Asian American and Pacific Islander Oral History Project. In this interview, Makino discusses his early life in Tokyo, Japan and becoming a chef. He recalls arriving to the United States in 1989, establishing the Todai (now Makino Sushi & Seafood Buffet) restaurant chain, and opening nineteen locations in California, Florida, and in Hawaii. Kano talks about her upbringing in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan and describes Japan during the Meiji era. She remembers arriving to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2000 and the cultural change she experienced. Lastly, Makino and Kano discuss the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Subjects: Oral histories (document genres); COVID-19 Pandemic; Las Vegas (Nev.); Japanese; Restaurants
Raymond Brooks Papers on Mining, approximately 1900-1955. MS-01153. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore the complete Raymond Brooks finding aid.
- The Raymond Brooks Papers on Mining (approximately 1900-1955) document Brooks' time working in the mining and railroad industries in central and southern Nevada, as well as in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Brooks worked as a mining engineer and executive in many Nevada mining districts, including Goldfield, Tonopah, Bullfrog, Rawhide, Chloride, Beatty, Wonder, and Searchlight. The collection consists of photographs, photograph albums, ledgers and mining certificates, correspondence, and publications that all relate to mining. Notable figures mentioned in material throughout the collection include George Nixon, George Wingfield, William MacMaster, and James Butler.
- Subjects: Goldfield (Nev.); Virginia City (Nev.); Mining districts -- Nevada; Gold mines and mining