The oral history collection features the personal stories of nearly 2,800 Las Vegas and southern Nevada residents. The interviews (both transcribed and in audio cassette format) date from the 1970s to the present day, and have captured the lives of men and women from all ethnicities and from all walks of life, who have contributed in some way to the history and development of the gaming industry, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. A searchable database features information on nearly all of the oral histories in the collection. The library catalog provides information on the published volumes produced by the Oral History Research Center.
Explore the oral history collection organized by project to gain an understanding of the focused projects that are designed to collect a series of interrelated histories.
Many of the interviews in the oral history collection were conducted by the Oral History Research Center in Special Collections, founded in 2003, which is devoted to to conducting and collecting audio taped interviews, sometimes supplemented by video segments, of persons selected for their ability to provide first-hand observations on a variety of historical topics in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.