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photo: early Fremont Street

Our collections feature numerous historical images of Fremont Street from the early 1900s through the 1960s.

Special Collections maintains a photograph collection of over 80,000 individually cataloged images, including black and white prints, color prints, scrap books, slides, negatives, color transparencies, and glass plates. A number of additional photographs are located in manuscript collections. 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. The department also maintains 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 and we are continually adding more digitized photographs to the collections. 

For more information on our photograph collections or to request reproductions, please see Reproduction Policies and Fees or contact Special Collections at or (702) 895-2234.

Featured Photo Galleries

photo: African American men, Las Vegas
Browse historical images of African-Americans in Las Vegas in our African-American Experience digital portal.
photo: Sands hotel sign, early Las Vegas
Browse images of Las Vegas hotels & casinos in our Dreaming the Skyline digital collection.
photo: Arizona Club, early Las Vegas
Browse historical images of early Las Vegas in our digital collections.
photo: Hoover Dam
Browse images of Hoover Dam in our digital collections.
photo: Rat Pack in Las Vegas
Browse images of the Rat Pack in the digital collection Dino at the Sands.
photo: early Las Vegas showgirls
Browse historical images of Las Vegas showgirls and dancers in our Showgirls digital collection.
aerial photo: early UNLV
Browse historical images of UNLV in our University Archives.
photo: gamblers in early Las Vegas
Browse historical images of gamblers and gambling in our digital collections.
Howard Hughes
Browse images of Howard Hughes in our Welcome Home Howard digital collection.