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Eadington Lecture Preview: Betting on the Triple Crown: Wagering on Papal Elections in Renaissance Rome

By Su Kim Chung on April 14, 2015 1:14 PM | Permalink

Eadington Fellow John Hunt has written an interesting blog post examining several 16- and 17-century Italian treatises on gaming found in UNLV Libraries Special Collections, and his upcoming lecture: "Betting on the Triple Crown: Wagering on Papal Elections in Renaissance Rome" which will take place on April 15 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library.



Latest Updates from the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project

By Su Kim Chung on April 10, 2015 11:39 AM | Permalink

Guides to Jewish life in Southern Nevada, 1998-1999 and 2009-2010 (Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records)

The Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project has been making a lot of exciting progress collecting both oral histories and manuscript collections since it began in August 2014.  If you'd like to learn more about the latest developments, check out these updates from their web site, including:

Eadington Gaming Fellow John Hunt | In Residence April 2 - April 15

By Su Kim Chung on April 6, 2015 12:25 PM | Permalink


Hunt (Ph. D., Ohio State University, 2009) specializes in the social and cultural history of Renaissance Italy, with a particular focus on popular culture in Papal Rome.  He has written several articles on diverse topics that include the role of public opinion on the conclave and papal election; rumors and the pope’s death; and carriages and violence.  He currently is revising his manuscript, “Violence and the Vacant See in Early Modern Rome,” for publication in late 2015.  Future projects will focus on the culture of gambling in Papal Rome.  He is an assistant professor at Utah Valley University.

Spring Break in the Archives

By Su Kim Chung on March 31, 2015 3:44 PM | Permalink

While most people associate spring break in Las Vegas with hanging out at casino pool side cabanas, going to nightclubs or gambling, there are also folks like patrons Casey White and his grandfather Jim Heinselman who find a history field trip to UNLV Special Collections to view old photographs and maps of Las Vegas is just the ticket for a fun afternoon. #springbreakinthearchives


Eadington Lecture Preview: Indian Gaming, American Anxiety

By Su Kim Chung on March 16, 2015 11:19 AM | Permalink

Eadington Fellow Laurie Arnold has written an interesting blog post on her upcoming lecture: "Indian Gaming, American Anxiety" which will take place on March 18 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library.

On her work in Special Collections, Arnold writes: "While using the Katherine Spilde Papers on tribal gaming in the UNLV Special Collections, I realized that the materials represent a real-time snapshot of the questions that emerged as Indian gaming grew from the early 1990s through the first decade of the 20th century. Spilde held several professional positions during the time she collected these materials, and in each position she researched the politics and economics of tribal gaming."

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 Donates Historical Photo Collection

By Su Kim Chung on March 11, 2015 1:57 PM | Permalink


Special Collections was delighted to receive a significant donation of historical photographs from the Culinary Workers Union Local 226

Depicting strikes, rallies, and other Union member activities spanning several decades, the images show the Culinary Union’s dynamic role in shaping Las Vegas history over the years. This extensive collection will be curated, digitized, and preserved. A wide selection of images from the collection will be made available online for community members, students, and researchers around the world.

Read more about this historic donation on the UNLV News web site and the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 web site. 


Exhibit Highlight: The Game Ball: March Madness 1990

By Su Kim Chung on March 9, 2015 6:14 PM | Permalink


Peter Michel, Head of Exhibits, has curated an exhibit celebrating Jerry Tarkanian, March Madness, and the Game That Put UNLV on the Map!

Check it out on the 1st floor of Lied Library, near Media Services to see THE game ball used in the 1990 championship game. Here's a brief excerpt from the exhibit. 


When Moses Scurry asked Tarkanian about playing in Denver’s mile-high altitude after the team arrived for the 1990 Final Four, Tarkanian said, “Moses, don’t worry about it. We’re playing indoors.”

“The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.”

Staff Highlight: Claytee White & Black History Month 2015

By Su Kim Chung on January 30, 2015 5:28 PM | Permalink

Claytee White, Director of the Center for Oral History Research Center in Special Collections, will be speaking and moderating at a number of events in February in celebration of Black History Month.  All of these events are free and open to the public.  

In addition to her work as Director of the OHRC, Claytee frequently lectures on the history of African-Americans in Las Vegas. She is the author of several articles including “Eight Dollars a Day and Working in the Shade: An Oral History of African American Migrant Women in the Las Vegas Gaming Industry” in African American Women Confront The West, 1600-2000; “The March That Never Happened: Desegregating the Las Vegas Strip,” Nevada Law Journal 5 (2004): 71-83; and “Marking the Unique Moulin Rouge Era,” Casino & Gaming International, 2006 Issue1, 15-21.

Staff Highlight: Visiting Special Collections Librarian Emily Lapworth

By Su Kim Chung on January 14, 2015 1:49 PM | Permalink

We are pleased to welcome Emily Lapworth who has been appointed Visiting Special Collections Librarian and will serve as an archivist for the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project.  Emily will focus on acquiring and processing archival records as well as preparing biographical entries, organizational histories, and finding aids for the project. Emily's first day on campus for her 18-month appointment was January 5, 2015.

Emily has an in-depth knowledge of archival theory and digitization practices, experience working with donors, and skills developed while working with a wide variety of archival collections, including collections that focus on the Jewish experience in America.  She earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and her Masters of Library Science from Simmons College.