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Total manuscripts: 41

Arnold (George) Letter, Pioche City, Nevada
Coll #: MS-00037
Date: 1870
Extent: 0.1 linear feet (1 shared box)
Location: 1:1:1
The George Arnold Letter, Pioche City, Nevada is dated 1870 and contains a handwritten letter from Arnold to his uncle Gideon. The letter is a brief review of Arnold's life in Nevada.
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Bass, Burt and Wilma Photographs and Programs
Coll #: MS-00716
Date: 1976-1987 and undated
Extent: 28 Digital Files
Location: Digital Collection
The Burt and Wilma Bass photographs and programs mainly document the Bass' involvement in the Jewish community of Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as their personal and professional lives. Images date from 1976 to 1987 and are entirely digital.
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Bracken, J. K. W.
Coll #: MS-00082
Date: 1927-1928
Extent: 1 folder
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of correspondence between JKW Bracken and Bruce M. Barnard Co. regarding the purchase of Native American (Navajo) rugs and blankets. It also contains some invoices, and descriptions of the design significance of the individual rugs.

Brown, Dora Lee
Coll #: Mss23
Date: 1904 - 1946
Extent: 1 folder (containing 30 items)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of the papers (mostly photocopies of originals) of an American Indian family (Brown) who resided in Pahrump and Las Vegas, Nevada. Includes correspondence between family members, notes, certificates of awards, report cards, birth announcements, wedding announcements, sample ballot 1936, and copies of photographs.

Chung (Sue Fawn) Collection on Asians in Nevada
Coll #: MS-00332
Date: 1913-2005
Extent: 3.13 cubic feet (7 boxes)
Location: MS 4:7:3 - 4:7:4
The Sue Fawn Chung Collection on Asians in Nevada (1913-2005) consists of various materials collected by Dr. Sue Fawn Chung in the course of her research on the history of Asians in Nevada. It includes interviews, correspondence, biographical information on prominent Chinese- and Japanese-Americans, and material on the internment of Japanese-Americans during during WWII.
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Clark, Donald
Coll #: T68
Date: 1953 - 1972
Extent: .84 linear feet ( 2 document boxes)
Location: 1:12:3
The collection of Rev. Donald M Clark, who played a major role in the development of the black community in Las Vegas and in the struggle for civil rights, is comprised of materials ranging from 1953 to 1972, detailing Rev. Clark's activities with his community, NAACP, and Economic Opportunity Board. Types of documents include correspondence, organizational plans, newspaper clippings and personal memorabilia. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE. Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online.
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Clement, Mary Edna Brown
Coll #: MS-00059
Date: 1955
Extent: 0.1 linear feet (1 shared box)
Location: MS 01:01:01
Collection consists of correspondence, poetry manuscript and musical score. Two letters dated 19 January 1956 and 26 February 1956 from Zoe A. Tilghman, Oklahoma City to Mary Brown Clement, Las Vegas. Correspondence refers to "Pistol Pete" by Eva Gillhouse. "Black and Silver" poetry manuscript draft that was published by Henry Harrison, poetry publisher, in New York, 1944, written by Mary Edna Brown. Musical score and verse "Neshabe" (Dark Water) from Cheyenne Indian melody, words by Zoe A. Tilghman, music arranged by Ruth F. McNaughton, dedicated to Mary B. Clement.
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Duncan, Ruby
Coll #: MS-00367
Date: 1972-1992
Extent: 25.34 Cubic Feet (47 boxes, 1 oversized box, 3 oversized folders)
Location: MS 5:3:3 - 5:4:5; Roller Shelf 2.1.7; MS Map Case 11:F, 11:H
The Ruby Duncan Papers consists of the organizational records of Operation Life Community Development Corporation (1972-1992), a non-profit organization that worked to improve living conditions in West Las Vegas, Nevada by providing a variety of community development services. Included are correspondence, agreements, accounting records, lease agreements, meeting materials, reports, speeches.
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Edythe and Lloyd Katz Papers
Coll #: MS-00376
Date: 1934-2002
Extent: 5.50 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and one flat file)
Location: MS 5:6:5, MS Map Case 11:I, and RS 2:1:8
The Edythe and Lloyd Katz papers (1934-2002) provide a glimpse of the social, religious, and educational contributions that they made to the community of Las Vegas, Nevada. Materials include photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and awards dating from 1934 to 2002.
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Fong, Lilly
Coll #: T148
Date: 1960 - 1996
Extent: 38 linear feet (38 record storage boxes)
Location: LASR, MS 12.1.3
Collection consists of the personal papers of Lilly Fong, the first woman and first Asian-American member of the Nevada Board of Regents. Material focuses on her community activities in various organizations and her work on the Board of Regents. Materials include clippings, magazines, correspondence, conference programs, and reports. INVENTORY AVAILABLE NOTE: THIS COLLECTION IS STORED IN LIED LIBRARY'S LASR SYSTEM, PLEASE CALL AHEAD 702-895-2234 TO OBTAIN BOXES.

Fort Mojave Industrial School Records
Coll #: MS-00034
Date: 1890-1923
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Location: 1:10:4
Fort Mojave Industrial School Records (1890-1923) consist of correspondence, documents of the school's finances and administrative operations, blueprints for a pump station, as well as policy implementation and fact finding. The information is contained in two bound volumes.
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Henry and Anita Schuster Papers
Coll #: MS-00580
Extent: 5 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Location: MS 12.4.1, MS 12.4.2
Collection is comprised of correspondence, speeches, essays, meeting minutes, photographs, research materials, publications, press clippings, awards, and event programs (1941-2011) that document the life of Henry Schuster, and his work with his wife Anita. Materials are mainly related to the Holocaust and to Holocaust memory and survivor organizations (especially the Holocaust Survivor's Group of Southern Nevada, which the couple founded, and L'(Euvre de Secours aux Enfants). Genealogical information is also included, as well as records of Henry Schuster's time in the U.S. Army and his studies at the Manhattan Technical Institute.
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Hoggard, Mabel
Coll #: 2009-29
Date: ca. 1950s-1970s
Extent: 5.6 linear feet (6 boxes)
Location: MS 13.7.2, RS 2.5.4
Collection is comprised of the personal papers, clippings, scrapbooks of Mabel Hoggard,the first African-American public school teacher in Las Vegas who taught from 1946-1970 in various schools around Las Vegas including the Westside School. Hoggard was also respected for her work as a civil rights activist and a civic and educational leader in Las Vegas. Other materials in the collection include her early student notes, curriculum notes from teaching days, documents from her wartime work in West Virginia, letters and cards from students and friends, and various documents on Blacks and the civil rights movement in Las Vegas and the US. Note: Collection is partially processed, please consult Manuscripts Librarian to access materials.

Humphries, Kathy (Quinn)
Coll #: 1017-3
Date: 1960 - 197(?)
Extent: 1 folder
Location: 1:1:2
Collection consists of various items regarding the Paiute Indians of Southern Nevada. Includes photo negatives, kinship chart, audio tape of Paiute vocabulary, family history, a paper listing Paiute words, their meanings, and the uses of various herbs and plants, and a brief autobiography of Stella Smith of the Las Vegas Indian Village.

Jewish Family Service Agency Records
Coll #: MS-00386
Date: 1954, 1977-2013
Extent: 0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: MS 6:7:6
The Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA) records (1954, 1979-1993) contain organizational records, minutes, committee information, planning documents, newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, and volunteer information collected by Bea Levinson. There are also two folders of material about Bea Levinson, who was chairperson of the JFSA Long Range Planning Committee.
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Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming
Coll #: MS-00092
Date: 1789, 1793, 1823-1832, 1851, 1859, 1883, 1886, 1903, 1908-1909, 1970-2015, (bulk 1990-2015)
Extent: 59.64 cubic feet (77 boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 3 flat files, 1 item)
Location: A 2.2.4 - A 2.4.5, BIS 1.7.3, MC MS 10:I, MC MS 11:H, MC MS 11:J, MC MS 12:G
The Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming include materials collected by anthropologist Katherine Spilde about Native American gaming and the greater gaming industry. The materials date from 1789 to 2015, with the bulk of materials dating from 1995 to 2010. Materials dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are reproductions of key court opinions and treaties concerning Native American rights and sovereignty. The majority of the materials document Native American gaming following the passage of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). The papers detail Native American gaming enterprises both on and off reservations, the socioeconomic impact of gaming, and the legislative history of Native American gaming in the United States. The papers include research and subject files created by Dr. 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). The collection includes socioeconomic reports; testimonies; correspondence; memos; press releases; photographs; audiovisual materials; promotional materials from casinos and tourist attractions; brochures; fact sheets; summaries; booklets; pamphlets; advertisements; tourism materials; journal articles; legal briefs; legislative documents; court opinions; Dr. Spilde’s notes; presentations; packets, agenda, schedules, and itineraries from conferences; magazines; Native American and community newspapers; and newspaper articles. The collection includes materials about over one hundred federally recognized Native American nations. Also included are materials that document the socioeconomic impact of gaming, the international gaming industry, criminal activities related to gaming, advertising about gaming and casinos, lotteries, internet gaming, compulsive gaming, and bankruptcy as a result of gaming.
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Key, Alice papers
Coll #: MS-00095
Date: 1936-1995
Extent: .5 linear feet
Location: MS 5:1:2
Alice Key Papers, (1936-1995) contain certificates and awards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, and pamphlets. There is also a VHS tape from January 30, 1995 featuring Alice Key, highlighting upcoming Black History Month. Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online.
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Kim Sisters Scrapbooks and Clippings
Coll #: MS-00633
Date: 1959-1966, 1983
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Roller Shelf 1:4:8
The Kim Sisters material date from 1959 to 1966 and 1983. It consists of two scrapbooks and one folder of photocopied materials containing newspaper clippings about the appearances of the Kim Sisters musical group throughout the United States as well as Italy, Germany, and Spain. It also includes two record album sleeves.
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Las Vegas Black Historical Society Records
Coll #: MS-00101
Date: 2005-2009
Extent: 0.37 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: B 1:1:1
The Las Vegas Black Historical Society Records (2005-2009) document the organization's history including correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, bylaws, articles, a corporate charter, and use agreements. Also included is a Proclamation from Nevada State Senator Steven Horsford regarding the Second Annual Gathering of the Las Vegas Black Historical Society on January 27, 2007.
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Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Archives
Coll #: E 99 P2 L37x 1911
Date: 1911-1976
Extent: 1 doc box (legal)
Location: E 99 P2 L37x 1911
Includes government documents from such agencies as the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Most of the documents concern the Las Vegas Indian Colony, which was made up of Paiute and Chemehuevi Indians. Also includes material on the Moapa River (Paiute) Reservation. Some of the documents are from other groups such as the Citizens' Committee for Community Improvement of Las Vegas, Nev. Also includes transcriptions of oral history interviews conducted in the 1970s with Maureen Frank, Daisy Mike, Nellie Sanchez, Herbert Myers, Juanita Lee, and Lee Castillo.

Mack, Joyce Papers
Coll #: MS-00732
Date: 1970s - 2014
Extent: 21 Digital Files transferred electronically; no physical carrier
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The Joyce Mack Papers are mainly comprised of photographs and ephemera documenting Joyce Mack and her family from the 1970s to 2014. Photographs in the collection depict political and community events, the Mack family, and their interaction with politicians. An invitation, newspaper clipping, and transcript of a speech by Joyce Mack document various honors that were bestowed upon Joyce Mack and her husband, Jerome D. "Jerry" Mack.
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Mason, Flora and Stuart Photographs and Event Programs
Coll #: MS-00694
Date: approximately 1965-2010
Extent: 78 Digital Files transferred electronically; no physical carrier
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Collection is comprised of photographs of Las Vegas, Nevada community leaders Flora and Stuart Mason and three event programs from Temple Beth Sholom (Las Vegas, Nevada). Materials date from approximately 1965 to 2010.
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McMillan, Marie
Coll #: MS-00482
Date: 1928-2010
Extent: 10.5 Linear Feet (25 boxes)
Location: MS 10:3:3 - 10:3:6, RS 2.5.1
The Marie McMillan Papers include Marie McMillan, Elisha "Duke" Daly, and Dr. James B. McMillan's papers about their families and careers from 1928-2010. Included are photographs, biographical materials, newspaper clippings, award certificates, programs, obituaries, scrapbooks, trophies, legal and military documents, and political campaign documents.
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Mercer, L. Paul papers
Coll #: MS-00066
Date: 1939-1979
Extent: 0.9 linear feet (6 folders)
Location: 1:1:1 and ROLLER SHELF 1:6:6
Related Materials: 0062
The L. Paul Mercer Papers date from 1939-1970 and consist of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and textile samples dyed in the Native American tradition.
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MGM Mirage Corporation Records
Coll #: MS-00096
Date: 1990-2005
Extent: 33.7 linear feet (50 boxes)
Location: MS 11.3.1 - MS 11.4.3, MS 11.8.3 - MS 11.8.6, MS 11.9.2, RS 2.2.3
The collection encompasses news clippings, correspondence, marketing and events, photographs and a variety of audio-visual materials from 1990-2005. There are advertising, contracts, and corporate officer's bios as well as conference materials and an impact study done by the American Gaming Association. Diversity efforts of the corporation are also documented. Collection consists of photographs and ephemera from MGM properties including the Bellagio, Mirage, and Golden Nugget. Additional materials from MGM Mirage for their corporate archives collection - promotional materials from the City Center development at its December 2009 opening. Consists of promotional materials, brochures, publicity packets, and catalogs from the various properties such as Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. Also contains material on the public art installation at City Center.

Mollie Gregory Collection of Oral Histories
Coll #: MS-00516
Date: 1970-1974
Extent: 7.8 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
Location: MS 11.11.1 - 11.11.3
The Mollie Gregory Collection of Oral Histories contains audio interviews and transcripts that focus on welfare, family, and women's issues in Nevada from 1970 to 1974. Gregory interviewed people who described their lives during the anti-poverty and women's rights campaigns in the early 1970s. The collection documents views on welfare, the Equal Rights Amendment, political campaigns, race, discrimination, civil rights, youth, and political music.
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Professional Black Women's Alliance Records
Coll #: MS-00498
Date: 1997-2003
Extent: 1.88 linear feet, 0.23 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: MS 10.2.4, MS Map Case 11:A
The Professional Black Women’s Alliance Records (1997-2003) consist of correspondence, photographs, and programs from the Professional Black Women’s Alliance. Most programs pertain to the organization’s annual Rose Awards, which celebrate black female role models from the Las Vegas, Nevada community. The collection also contains a large poster from the 1999 Rose Awards ceremony.
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Raben, Barbara Collection on the Las Vegas Jewish Community
Coll #: MS-00655
Date: 1976-2015
Extent: 8.9 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 1 flat file)
Location: Annex B 1:5:7, Annex B IS 1:5:4, MS Map Case 11:K
Related Materials: MS-00386, MS-00426, OH-02278
Collection is comprised of materials (1976-2015) collected by Barbara Raben that document her personal life and her involvement with the Las Vegas Jewish community, specifically Hadassah Southern Nevada Chapter and the Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA) of Clark County, Nevada. Hadassah and JFSA records make up the bulk of the collection and mainly consist of photographs and programs from events held by the organizations. Four Hadassah scrapbooks document the group's activities and events during the 1970s, 1990s, and first decade of the 21st century. A JFSA report provides an overview of the organization from 2013 to 2014. A small amount of personal papers document Raben's store The Candy Factory and her graduation from the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in 2013.
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Rathbun, Frank D.
Coll #: MS-00209
Date: 1919 - 1939
Extent: 1 document box, 2 slim doc boxes, and 2 flat boxes
Location: MS 2:12:5, RS 1:7:7
The Rathbun papers include publications on the Colorado Aqueduct and telephone lines at Hayfield and the Colorado Rim. There is also a descriptive chapter on desert mirages and archeological field notes written by Rathbun. The archeological materials include inventories from sites in the Southern Great Basin, photos of dwellings and pictographs (taken in the 30s), Nevada Highways and Parks promotional brochures and general newspaper articles on anthropology and archeology (1920s-1930s).

Ruby Amie-Pilot Papers
Coll #: MS-00102
Date: 1930s-2002
Extent: 1.3 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder)
Location: MS Map Case 11:O
The Ruby Amie - Pilot Papers document her life as an active leader in the African-American community in Las Vegas from the 1930s to 2002. The collection contains assorted newspaper clippings, photographs and a memorial program from her son's funeral service. The collection also includes a look at the cartoon series her son Ronald Terry Amie published in the Las Vegas Voice and his artistic accomplishments in the community during that time period, including public commissions for North Las Vegas.
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Rusco, Elmer Professor
Coll #: T123
Date: 1964 - 1972
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 2:7:2
Collection is comprised of the papers of Elmer Rusco, former UNR professor, who has done extensive research into civil rights and race relations in Nevada. Topics include school integration, welfare, black employment, poverty, and Clark County School District staff training pertaining to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There is also information on Local 357 regarding discrimination cases against blacks by the union, and information on the number of minorities working at the major Strip hotels. Types of material in the collection include correspondence, news clippings, and research notes.
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Sabbath, Dennis and Roberta Papers
Coll #: MS-00731
Date: 1970s-1991
Extent: 17 Digital Files
Location: Digital Collection
The Dennis and Roberta Sabbath papers are comprised of photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera created and collected by Dennis and Roberta Sabbath. Photographs and ephemera document the Sabbaths' personal and social lives and their involvement in the Jewish community in Las Vegas, Nevada. Newspaper clippings document the law career of Dennis Sabbath and his campaign for Nevada State Senate in 1986.
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Sadovich, Maryellen Vallier
Coll #: MS-00065
Date: 1852 -1934
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (9 folders) (shared box)
Location: MS 1:1:1
The Maryellen Vallier Sadovich Papers include transcripts and handwritten and photocopied documents pertaining to early Nevada history from 1852 to 1934. Documents include information about the boundaries of Nevada; mail service contracts between Utah and California; documents from the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs concerning reservations in Southern Nevada; a copy of Gibb's Phonetic alphabet of Southern Nevada Native American languages; maps of tributaries in Southern Nevada; notes about the National Archives photographic holdings of Nevada; and documents from mining reports.
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Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center Records
Coll #: MS-00733
Date: 1971-2015
Extent: 18.51 linear feet, 8.36 cubic feet (10 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 2 oversize flat files)
Location: MS MC 05:D, B-02.09.3, B-02.09.4, BIS-01.03.5, BIS-01.04.5
The collection mainly consists of correspondence, event planning documents, financial records, subject files,and newspaper clippings from 1971 to 2014 created by or related to the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center and the Nevada Governor's Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust. Materials document educational conferences, remembrance events, and student field trips; curriculum planning, involvement with the Clark County School District, and educational materials about the Holocaust and other related historical events; and grant and fundraising activities. The collection also includes some photographs and proclamations.
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Sternberg, Gary Papers
Coll #: MS-00717
Date: 1983-2015
Extent: 12 Digital Files transferred electronically; no physical carrier
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The Gary Sternberg Papers are comprised of correspondence, publications, and videos documenting Sternberg's involvement with the Las Vegas Jewish community from 1983 to 2015. Organizations represented in the collection include Congregation Ner Tamid and the Holocaust Survivors Group of Southern Nevada. Also included are digital photographs of Sternberg in 2015 wearing his Caesars Palace dealer's uniform.
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Stewart - Knack Collection on Nevada Indians
Coll #: MS-00274
Date: 1831 - 1975
Extent: 3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Location: 3:4:1 - 3:4:2
The Omer C. Stewart and Martha C. Knack Collection on the Pyramid Lake Northern Paiute People and Reservation contains materials from 1831 to 1975 collected for Stewart's and Knack's book, As Long as the River Shall Run: An Ethnohistory of Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. Materials include legal documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, maps, and ethnohistorical data.
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Stewart, William M.
Coll #: MS-00071
Date: 1854 - 1872
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder), (shared box)
Location: 1:1:1
William M. Stewart Correspondence is primarily comprised of handwritten letters addressed to U.S. Senator William Morris Stewart, between 1854 and 1872. Many of the letters were written during his first term in office. Also included is one document about the reappointment of a postmaster of Sutro, Nevada, and a manuscript telegram from Frances P. Hayes about the territorial organization and judicate district in Indian Territory.
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Union of Black Episcopalians Las Vegas Chapter Records
Coll #: MS-00739
Date: 1993-2015
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: B 2:3:4
The Union of Black Episcopalians Las Vegas Chapter Records, dating from 1993 to 2014, contain the organization's charter, bylaws, constitution, awards, Kwanzaa activities, the teachings of Absalom Jones, photographs, and sponsored activities.
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Union of Black Episcopalians Las Vegas Chapter Records
Coll #: MS-00739
Date: 1993-2015
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: B 2:3:4
The Union of Black Episcopalians Las Vegas Chapter Records, dating from 1993 to 2014, contain the organization's charter, bylaws, constitution, awards, Kwanzaa activities, the teachings of Absalom Jones, photographs, and sponsored activities.
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Williams (Aaron) paper
Coll #: MS-00276
Date: 1965-1981 (bulk 1966-1976)
Extent: 2 boxes (0.92 cubic feet, 0.83 linear feet)
Location: MS 3:4:5
Related Materials: 0234
Aaron Williams Papers (1965-1981) consist of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, certificates, newspaper clippings, reports, and programs. Many of the clippings and some of the correspondence contain references that give insight into the role of women in North Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The scrapbooks and newspaper clippings document Williams' career as well as issues he dealt with as councilman and commissioner. These issues include those related to community and infrastructure development, such as airports, sewage treatment plants, senior citizens, health, and urban planning as well as North Las Vegas and Clark county political activities during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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Williams, Nancy Ellen Webb Papers
Coll #: MS-00391
Date: 1983-1996
Extent: 0.21 linear feet, 0.23 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: MS 6:6:2
The Nancy Ellen Webb Williams Papers span 1983 to 1996. This collection is about William's career as a writer. The papers include newspaper clippings, photos, fliers, and correspondence. The collection also contains one of Williams' books of poetry, "The Soul Side: Big Mama Remembers."
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