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Happy Electronic Records Day!

By kirwin on October 6, 2015 11:56 AM | Permalink

October 10th is Electronic Records Day, a tradition begun by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) in 2010 in order to raise awareness about the importance of managing and preserving electronic records.   Electronic records are "born digital" files produced in a computer environment. UNLV Special Collections is working to ensure these electronic files survive well into the future, just as we do with boxes of paper based materials.

Dorothy Keeler: Deputy County Clerk and Motorist, by Angela Moor

By Cyndi Shein on September 29, 2015 9:56 AM | Permalink

Angela Moor, UNLV PhD candidate and Special Collections intern, 2015

Before beginning my internship in Special Collections this summer, I hoped I might come across materials that would be useful for my doctoral dissertation about the history of weddings and divorce in Las Vegas during the 1930s and 1940s.  When I worked on the Dorothy Keeler Papers (MS-00195), I was excited to find some great materials about the early Las Vegas wedding industry and 1930s in Southern Nevada.

Dorothy Keeler portrait, undated

UNLV Special Collections in the News

By Su Kim Chung on September 21, 2015 5:09 PM | Permalink

Image  featured in the Mid-Century modern exhibit in Special Collections. from the Glenwood Development brochure, Farnsworth Collection, MS-00177

We are thrilled that the work of Special Collections staff has been the subject of recent feature articles in the local Las Vegas press:

The French Connection exhibit curated by Karla Irwin was highlighted in the Las Vegas Weekly : UNLV Exhibit Takes Historical Look at the Feather-Decked Icon of the Vegas Showgirl.

Las Vegas Pride! by Franklin Howard

By Cyndi Shein on September 14, 2015 11:40 AM | Permalink


For many in the LGBT community, summer is a season of travel and celebration. Beginning in June, cities across the United States hold LGBT Pride parades and festivals that draw thousands from the community and its allies. Las Vegas is no exception—the Las Vegas Pride Night Parade will be held on September 18th this year. The Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. (SNAPI) has been in charge of planning Las Vegas LGBT Pride since 1995 and Special Collections has some of the records of one of its executive members, Strutt Hurley, from the early years of the organization.

Hurley was the Director of Entertainment of SNAPI in 1996 and 1997 and her collection features documents that demonstrate how the parades and Pride events were constructed. Among the documents are edited drafts of press releases and sample pages from Pride programs that show how much work and thought went into creating this one event.

Exhibit Highlight: From Tract House To Bauhaus The Modern House In Mid-Century Las Vegas

By Su Kim Chung on July 29, 2015 2:11 PM | Permalink

Illustrations:  Paradise Palms housing development brochure. From the Farnsworth Collection MS-00497.

Special Collections Curator Peter Michel has created a new exhibit about mid-century modern home design in Las Vegas.  The exhibit cases feature original architectural designs drawn from UNLV's collections on architects Elmo Bruner, James B. McDaniel and Dale Scheideman as well as the Las Vegas Historical Building Survey Collection, historical housing development brochures from the Farnsworth Collection, color photographs of mid century moderns homes from the Mancuso Casino Collection, excerpts from the "West Charleston Neighborhoods: An Oral History Project of Ward 1" and others. 

Staff Highlight: Our Award-Winning Staff

By Su Kim Chung on July 23, 2015 4:34 PM | Permalink


Some of our award-winning staff:  Su Kim Chung, Lindsay Oden, Cyndi Shein, and Michael Frazier. Not pictured: Silvia Southwick. 

The spring 2015 semester saw a number of Special Collections staff honored for their work both in the UNLV Libraries and campus-wide. Please join us in congratulating our staff on their accomplishments!

Special Collections Head of Public Services Su Kim Chung was selected as "McPhee Librarian of the Year" by her peers in the UNLV Libraries.  She was nominated by Director of Special Collections, Michelle Light. 

Silvia Southwick, Digital Collections Metadata Librarian, was honored for her significant scholarship contributions (including important work on linked data) with the UNLV Libraries Outstanding Faculty Scholarship award.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Monica Steinberg | In Residence June 1-June 30

By Su Kim Chung on June 4, 2015 1:40 PM | Permalink

Steinberg is a Doctoral Candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work focuses on the intersections of humor, identity, and contemporary art in the global context. She has contributed to exhibition catalogues including “The Abstract Impulse” (New York, 2007), “The Commonist” (Baku, 2012) and the Venice Biennale’s “Love Me, Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan” (Venice, 2013); and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University.

Celebrating Asian-Pacific Heritage Month: A Look at Asian-Pacific Entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip

By Su Kim Chung on May 21, 2015 6:30 PM | Permalink

Las Vegas Show Programs Collection MS-00333

Entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip has a rich and glamorous history .  It most commonly brings to mind images of the Rat Pack cavorting on stage in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel or of glittering showgirls descending staircases in spectacular headdresses in elaborate production shows such as the Lido de Paris or Folies Bergere.  Perhaps less known were the contributions of performers of Asian-Pacific heritage – those of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hawaiian, Filipino, Polynesian and Tahitian ancestry for example.

Eadington Lecture Preview- An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London

By Su Kim Chung on May 12, 2015 3:42 PM | Permalink

Read more about Eadington Fellow Celeste Chamberland's research in Special Collections on gambling and addiction in 17th century London and come to the lecture "An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London" on Thursday, May 14 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library, UNLV campus.