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Katherine Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming Available for Researchers

By skennedy on October 13, 2017 3:24 PM | Permalink

The UNLV University Libraries made the Katherine Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming available to researchers through the Special Collections and Archives Division at Lied Library.

Dr. Spilde is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the social, economic, and political impact of casino gaming on American Indian tribal governments and communities in the U.S. Her papers include materials about Native American gaming and the greater gaming industry.

The Spilde papers detail Native American gaming enterprises both on and off reservations, the socioeconomic impact of gaming, the legislative history of Native American gaming in the United States, and issues related to Native American rights and sovereignty. The bulk of materials date from 1995 to 2010 and include research and subject files created by Spilde during her employment with the National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC), the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (HPAIED).

Processing of the collection by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives was made possible by a $129,600 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete summary of the items available in the collection can be found online at

Titled "America’s Great Gamble: A Project to Promote the Discovery of Sources About the Expansion of Legalized Gambling Across the United States," the grant funded two temporary archivists who are organizing and describing four collections: the Spilde Papers, the Eugene Christiansen Papers on Gaming, the Gary Royer Papers on Gaming, and the Harrah's Entertainment Corporate Archives.

For 50 years, UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives has collected and preserved the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and made it available for researchers. For more information about Special Collections and Archives, visit