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Understanding Architecture Through Special Collections, by Jimmy Chang and Tyler Stanger

By Cyndi Shein on August 15, 2016 12:00 AM | Permalink

As sixth year students in UNLV's School of Architecture, we are preparing research theses for our final year of studies in the Master's program. We are interested in urban history, Jimmy in how urban areas and architecture are portrayed in popular media and Tyler in the architectural development of Las Vegas.  In order to better understand the architectural history of Las Vegas, we are working this summer as interns for UNLV University Libraries Special Collections processing the Gary Guy Wilson and Martin Stern architectural records. It has been a lot of fun to learn from the work of these two influential architects as we discover, organize, rehouse, and describe their collected drawings.

Students from UNLV School of Architecture, Tyler Stanger and Jimmy Chang, identifying, analyzing, comparing, and processing drawings of the Riviera Hotel from the Martin Stern Architectural Records, MS-00382.

Six Secrets from Special Collections with Aaron Mayes

By Su Kim Chung on July 25, 2016 10:14 AM | Permalink

In our Secrets from Special Collections series, UNLV Libraries Special Collections staff members reveal a few lesser-known aspects about the archives and offer up personal insight into research and discovery, sharing answers, based on their own experiences, to six intriguing questions.Here, Aaron Mayes, curator for visual materials, gives us a glimpse into life working among the rare treasures of the library.

1. When you first began working in Special Collections, what was the one item or collection that made your jaw drop, and why? Describe.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Paul Franke: In Residence July 19 – August 16

By Su Kim Chung on July 20, 2016 12:00 AM | Permalink

 

Paul Franke is a doctoral candidate in history at the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies and the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His research interests are the history of gaming, urban history, the history of entertainment and pop-culture in both the USA and Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Franke’s current project is his dissertation “The Production of Monaco (1860-1960) and Las Vegas (1945-1976) as Sites of (Un)Moral Economies.”  The project will shed light on the production process of the unique gaming experience in both places, via the historical analysis of spatial arrangements, business models, advertisements, the involved workforce, and gaming practices in a comparative perspective.

Making a Splash in Special Collections - A Photo Essay by Nancy Hardy

By Su Kim Chung on July 16, 2016 11:33 PM | Permalink

 

Five young bathers at the swimming hole at Ladd’s Resort Las Vegas, ca. 1920s (E. W. Cragin Photo Collection, PH: 0017-0022)

In summertime, UNLV Libraries Special Collections’ reading room offers a cool retreat from the heat. It’s a quiet place to study, to do research, or simply to spend time learning about Las Vegas’ historic past. During this hottest time of the year, we thought we’d share images from our photo collections that show how early residents and visitors managed to cope with sizzling temperatures at various Las Vegas resorts over the years.

Application Process for 2016-17 Eadington Fellows Now Open

By Su Kim Chung on July 12, 2016 11:50 PM | Permalink

 

​Image featuring a gaming house during the Renaissance after a miniature on vellum. From the Musée rétrospectif de la classe 100 : Jeux à l'exposition universelle internationale de 1900, à Paris. Rapport présenté by Henry d'Allemagne (Taxe Collection, UNLV Libraries Special Collections).

The Center for Gaming Research in Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites interested scholars to apply for the 2016-17 cycle of William R. Eadington fellowships, which facilitate research into many aspects of both gambling and Las Vegas at UNLV Special Collections in the University Libraries.

In the 2016-17 academic year, the Center will award two types of Eadington fellowships:

Shakespeare's First Folio On Exhibit in Special Collections - September 1-29

By Su Kim Chung on July 11, 2016 6:01 PM | Permalink

 

Shakespeare's First Folio (image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library)

In little over a month and a half, one of the Shakespeare First Folios will go on display in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections reading room as part of the national tour of First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.  Accompanying it will be a number of interesting panels that will put the Folio into historical context, and provide information on the Bard himself, as well as the many theatrical productions of his works that have taken place over the years.

Six Secrets from Special Collections with Karla Irwin

By Su Kim Chung on June 20, 2016 5:52 PM | Permalink

 

Karla Irwin, Special Collections Librarian - UNLV Libraries Special Collections

In our Secrets from Special Collections series, UNLV Libraries Special Collections staff members reveal a few lesser-known aspects about the archives and offer up personal insight into research and discovery, sharing answers, based on their own experiences, to six intriguing questions. Here, Karla Irwin, Special Collections Librarian, gives us a glimpse into life working among the rare treasures of the library.

1. When you first began working in Special Collections, what was the one item or collection that made your jaw drop, and why?

Exhibit Highlights - Building UNLV's Performing Arts Center by Peter Michel

By Su Kim Chung on June 16, 2016 5:12 PM | Permalink

The Once and Future Campus: UNLV’s Mid-Century Modern Performing Arts Center : Visit the third floor of Lied Library outside of Special Collections to view an exhibit of fascinating photographs and drawings that chronicle the building of this campus landmark, curated by Peter Michel. 

The story behind the construction of the striking UNLV Performing Arts Center could be described as a particularly tortuous process compared to other campus buildings. In fact, the end result was something none of the original participants had imagined. Above is an original vision of architect James B. McDaniel. James B. McDaniel Records (MS-00203 )

New Faces in Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on June 3, 2016 6:00 PM | Permalink

 

Please join us in welcoming a number of new faces to UNLV Libraries Special Collections!

Two new permanent staff members joined Special Collections during the spring semester: Tammi Kim and Aaron Mayes 

Aaron Mayes, Visual Materials Curator, is responsible for developing the print and digital photograph collections of the UNLV Libraries through photography projects that document the region, identifying and working with potential donors of photograph collections, and providing expertise on the acquisition, storage, preservation, digitization and access of photograph collections.