Special Collections collects personal papers from Nevada politicians, organizational records from Southern Nevada political groups, and numerous published materials from state, county, and city governments. Special Collections does not collect public government records. 

Featured Holdings

Page showing typed minutes from the Las Vegas City Commission Minutes and Ordinances.
The Las Vegas City Commission Minutes and Ordinances dating from 1911-1958 provide insight into the early activities of Las Vegas and its city leaders.
Example photography from the Howard Cannon Papers showing a man sitting at the table while several other men stand nearby observing.
The Howard Cannon Papers provide rich documentation of his 23 year career as US Senator from Nevada.
Example photograph from the Jean Ford Papers showing a women seated near a typewriter.
The Jean Ford Papers focus on the work of this influential politician and activist who was one of the founders of the Nevada Women's Archives.

Published Materials

Special Collections and the UNLV Libraries are a repository of state, county, and city government publications and maps, which are accessible through the library catalog:

Manuscript Collections

On the national level, Special Collections has the papers of Nevada Senators Howard Cannon (Democrat, 1959-1982) and Chic Hecht (Republican, 1983-1988) and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (Democrat, 1999-2013).  At  the state level we have collections from a number of state legislators from both the senate and assembly.

County records include the Clark County Economic Opportunity Board and the papers of County Commissioner Thalia Dondero. City records include the papers of mayors William FerronC.D. BakerRon Lurie and Oran Gragson, as well as the original Las Vegas City Commission Minute and Ordinance books and the records of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Browse other collections of city and county records in Special Collections.

We also hold collections from state and local Democratic and Republican organizations, as well as a number of political and social action groups such as the Las Vegas chapter records of the League of Women Voters and the National Organization for Women.

Oral Histories

In addition to oral histories of the Oral History Research Center, Special Collections has oral histories from a number of prominent city, county, and state politicians who have worked on behalf of the people of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.