Inside the Karl Carsony Papers by Lee Hanover

Archival objects from the Karl Carsony Papers, including Carsony’s boater hat, balancing cane, acrobat hoops, three golf balls, and a souvenir wine bottle.

Figure 1: Archival objects from the Karl Carsony Papers, including Carsony’s boater hat, balancing cane, acrobat hoops, three golf balls, and a souvenir wine bottle.

Prior to leaving for the doctoral program in history at UC Riverside, Lee Hanover received his BA and MA degrees in History from UNLV while serving as an archival processing assistant in UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives

The…Read More

Documenting COVID-19 in Las Vegas

UNLV University Libraries Photographs of the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Las Vegas, Nevada, PH-00428/ Photo by Aaron Mayes

Like many university libraries and archives across the country, UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives has been documenting the community impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to create a permanent collection for future researchers. Our collecting efforts are focused on how the coronavirus has affected everyday life in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and includes the following types of materials:

Visual Documentation: Visual…Read More

Researcher Profile: Emily Budd

Emily Budd's Memorial for Queer Rhyolite, a temporary monument to dreams in the dust,  a public piece installed for the inaugural Bullfrog Biennial at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV in October 2019
Emily Budd's Memorial for Queer Rhyolite, a temporary monument to dreams in the dust, a public piece installed for the inaugural Bullfrog Biennial at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV in October 2019. Image courtesy of Emily Budd.

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects…Read More

Researcher Profile: Maribel Estrada Calderón

Maribel Estrada Calderon examining the the Fort Mojave Indian School Records.
Maribel Estrada Calderón examines the Fort Mojave Indian School Records (MS-00034) for a class research project.

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects ranging from articles and…Read More

Researcher Profile: Aseem Inam

Photo of Dr. Aseem Inam, Courtesy of Matthew Sussman
Dr. Aseem Inam, Image Courtesy of Matthew Sussman

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects ranging from articles and books to exhibits and documentaries and more. 

This week's post focuses on the work of Dr. Aseem Inam, Professor and Chair in Urban Design, School of Architecture,…Read More

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 in Nevada


“The success of this campaign against influenza depends upon your co-operation.” - Las Vegas Age, Nov. 9, 1918

Peter Michel, PhD., Curator of Collections and Interim Director, Special Collections & Archives with a historical perspective on the Spanish Flu pandemic in Nevada drawn from issues of the Las Vegas Age in our Digital Collections.

When we hear that the COVID 19 pandemic and its social impact are unprecedented, that is not actually true. I have taken the opportunity of working from home to use our…Read More

UNLV Libraries and UNLV Film Receive NEH Grant to Process, Preserve Howard Hughes Motion Picture Papers

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced today that the UNLV University Libraries and the UNLV Department of Film have received a $271,580 National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Award for their project, “Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes.” 

The Tony Stark of his era. That is perhaps the most concise description of Howard Robard Hughes (1905-1976), arguably one of America’s most significant visionaries. Intuitive, mercurial, and insistent upon continual out-of-the-box innovation in everything he did, Hughes pushed himself and everyone around him to shape the future by looking beyond the possibilities of the present. 

He leveraged an…Read More

Researcher Profile: Karan Feder

Nevada State Museum exhibit Les Folies Bergère: Entertaining Las Vegas, One Rhinestone at a Time
Image of Nevada State Museum exhibit Les Folies Bergère: Entertaining Las Vegas, One Rhinestone at a Time. Photo by Karan Feder

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects ranging from articles and books to exhibits and documentaries and more. 

This post focuses on the work of Karan Feder, Guest Curator of Costume & Textiles, at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas and…Read More

Researcher Profile: Larry Gragg

Images courtesy of Missouri University S&T and Larry Gragg.

This inaugural post in our Researcher Profile series will highlight researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects ranging from articles and books to exhibits and documentaries and more.

This post focuses on the work of long-time Special Collections patron Dr. Larry Gragg, who spent over 40 years as a history professor at…Read More

UNLV Libraries Datasets Open for Research with Pilot Project by Cory Lampert and Emily Lapworth

Las Vegas City Commission minute books
Las Vegas City Commission Records, 1911-1960. MS-00237.

This is part two of a two-part article on Collections as Data research at the UNLV Libraries.

Select Las Vegas City Commission Records are now available as a dataset that can be analyzed using computational research tools. Read on for more information, or go directly to the dataset at https://github.com/UNLV-Libraries/UNLV-Collections-as-Data/tree/master/Las-Vegas-Commission.

Cory Lampert, Head of Digital Collections, and Emily Lapworth, Digital Special Collections Librarian provide us…Read More

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