Example color photo from digital collections showing Fremont Street at night with many lit neon signs.
Our collections feature numerous historical images of Fremont Street from the early 1900s through the 1960s.

Access over 80,000 individually cataloged images and a number of additional photographs located in the manuscript collections.

  • Black and white prints
  • Color prints
  • Scrap books
  • Slides
  • Negatives
  • Color transparencies
  • Glass plates

The photographs primarily document the history of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

We also maintain a nearly comprehensive series of aerial photographs of Las Vegas and other environments from the early 1970s to the present.

The photograph collections as a whole date from the turn of the century and are particularly significant in documenting the physical culture and evolution of the city from the late 1940s through the 1970s.

Access the Photo Collections

The majority of our photo collections have inventories listing photo captions that can be searched by keyword. However, thousands of these images have been digitized and can be viewed via our Digital Collections as we continually add more digitized photographs to the collections. 

For more information or to request reproductions, please see Reproduction Policies and Fees or contact Special Collections at special.collections@unlv.edu or (702) 895-2234.

Featured Photo Galleries

Example black and white photograph from early Las Vegas digital collections showing Arizona Club building.
Browse historical images of early Las Vegas in our digital collections.
Example black and white photograph from the Dreaming the Skyline digital collection of the sign for the Sands hotel.
Browse images of Las Vegas hotels & casinos in our Dreaming the Skyline digital collection.
Example black and white photograph from the African-Americans in Las Vegas digital portal.
Browse historical images of African-Americans in Las Vegas in our African-American Experience digital portal.
Example black and white photograph from the Showgirls digital collection of showgirls dancing on stage.
Browse historical images of Las Vegas showgirls and dancers in our Showgirls digital collection.
Example color photograph from the Dina at the Sands digital collection of the Rat Pack talking on stage.
Browse images of the Rat Pack in the digital collection Dino at the Sands.
Example black and white photograph from the University Archives showing an aerial view of the Hoover Dam.
Browse historical images of UNLV in our University Archives.
An example black and white photograph from the Welcome Home Howard digital collection showing Howard Hughes with aviator hat and goggles standing next to a plane.
Browse images of Howard Hughes in our Welcome Home Howard digital collection.
Example black and white image from the digital collections of gamblers at a roulette wheel.
Browse historical images of gamblers and gambling in our digital collections.
Example black and white photograph from the University Archives showing an aerial view of UNLV.
Browse historical images of UNLV in our University Archives.