What's New in Special Collections: DeVinney Family Papers

Every month, Special Collections and Archives will highlight some of our newly processed collections. Here are some of the highlights for July.

McGriff and DeVinney Family Papers, approximately 1950-1959. MS-01152. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore the complete McGriff and DeVinney finding aid.

  • The McGriff and DeVinney Family Papers (approximately 1900-1959) contain papers and photographs documenting Francis DeVinney and his wife, Della, who lived in Las Vegas, Nevada in the early- to mid- 20th century. The collection also includes documentation about Della's father, Edwin Guy "E. G." McGriff, an early Las Vegas resident. Materials include photographic prints and albums, business and personal correspondence, and 16mm film.
  • Subjects: Krolak, Florence DeVinney, 1931-2009; McGriff, E. G. (Edwin Guy), 1860-1938; McGriff, Olive Higgins, 1872-1962; DeVinney, Della McGriff, 1895-1973; DeVinney, Francis, 1887-1944; black-and-white photographs; photographs Las Vegas (Nev.) -- History

Geri Tomich oral history interview, 2023 May 15. OH-03897. [Cite format consulted: Audio recording or Transcript.] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore the complete Geri Tomich interivew.

  • Oral history interview with Geri Tomich conducted by Cecilia Winchell, Jerwin Tiu, and Stefani Evans on May 15, 2023 for the Reflections: the Las Vegas Asian American and Pacific Islander Oral History Project. Born and raised in the Philippines, Geraldine "Geri" Tomich recalls life in the city of Manila, where her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a stay-at-home mother. Tomich attended an American school, where she learned how to speak English from a young age, and her extracurricular activities included speed reading and writing letters to her friends. After her parents divorce, her mother took Tomich and her three siblings to the United States to live with their aunt. After a brief period in California, Tomich resumed her college career in a community college in Southern Nevada, getting an associate's degree in paralegal studies before transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to earn her bachelor's degree in business management. During this time, Tomich recalls working her way up in a law firm, starting as a receptionist before moving up to a secretary and then later a paralegal. For law school, Tomich moved to Spokane, Washington, to attend Gonzaga University. Citing her family, she moved back to Las Vegas to practice law, first returning to the law firm where she got her start before moving to Marquis Aurbach in 2003. She also discusses the other organizations she is involved in, including the Nevada Community Foundation and the Baller Dream Foundation. Throughout the rest of the interview, Tomich discusses values, what it has been like balancing a family with a full-time job, and what parts of Filipino culture she has retained.
  • Subjects: Oral histories (document genres); Women lawyers; Manila (Philippines); Las Vegas (Nev.)

AH'-WAH-NEE Exhibition Records, 2020-2021. UA-00141. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore the complete AH'-WAH-NEE Exhibit Records finding aid.

  • The AH'-WAH-NEE Exhibition Records (2020-2021) contain materials related to the AH'-WAH-NEE Exhibit, which was the first exhibit at the Donna Beam Gallery in UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art featuring local and regional Native American women artists. UNLV resides on the traditional homelands of the Nuwuvi, Southern Paiute People. The exhibit was curated by MFA student Fawn Douglas, and ran November 1-December 10, 2021. The records contain exhibit planning documents, correspondence, publicity, loan agreements, and photographs of objects for exhibit catalogs. Also included are photographs and videos taken during the symposium and the exhibit's closing event held in the UNLV Barrick Museum of Art. AH'-WAH-NEE is Paiute for 'balance'.
  • Subjects: University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art; Exhibitions; Women artists; Indigenous women; Indigenous art; Southern Paiute Indians

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