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Collection highlight: Martin Stern Jr.'s architectural vision for Autoworld, by Jimmy Chang and Tyler Stanger

By Special Collections Technical Services on March 20, 2017 12:00 AM | Permalink


Aerial perspective illustrating Stern's conceptual layout for Harrah's Autoworld complex. Martin Stern Architectural Records, 1953-1990. MS-00382. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UNLV Libraries is home to the Martin Stern Architectural Records.  UNLV School of Architecture students Jimmy Chang and Tyler Stanger explore an unbuilt project of architect Martin Stern Jr., whose projects, from the International Hotel to the first MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, have paved the way for both intellectual thought and physical land in Las Vegas.

Mining for Gold (and Silver) in Special Collections by Peter Michel

By Su Kim Chung on March 14, 2017 5:02 AM | Permalink

Above: A view of Tonopah in the early 1900s (Leon Rockwell Collection, PH: 0008-0159)

If March brings to mind the luck of the Irish and a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, it might be a good time to highlight Nevada’s last great Gold Rush, and the towns along the rainbow. Over the years, UNLV Libraries Special Collections has acquired numerous documents and photographs from the great gold and silver mining boom in Tonopah and Goldfield. Selections from many of these collections are accessible online through our Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years digital collection. The history revealed in these collections, of Goldfield and Tonopah and the men who made, and lost their fortunes there, offers researchers new perspectives on an intriguing aspect of turn-of-the century Nevada and the Western frontier.

Staff Highlight: Oscar Giurcovich and the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project

By Su Kim Chung on February 23, 2017 3:18 PM | Permalink

Project Technician Oscar Giurcovich with the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project (NVDNP) at UNLV

If you're curious about some of the work UNLV Libraries Special Collections staff members are doing in the archives, our Staff Highlight feature answers commonly-asked questions about their projects and perspectives. Here, Project Technician Oscar Giurcovich with the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project offers a look into his current activities.

1. What are you working on right now? How will it contribute to Nevada as a whole?

African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience Documentary Premiere February 20

By Su Kim Chung on February 15, 2017 3:03 PM | Permalink

 

On Monday, Feb. 20, the UNLV University Libraries’ multi-year project “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas” will culminate with the premiere of the Vegas PBS documentary African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience.

“The history of the Las Vegas African American community is the history of Las Vegas,” says Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “This documentary ​honors the African American community of Las Vegas and we are grateful to have the opportunity to share this story in the words of the people who lived it.”

Hearts and Flowers in the Archives

By Su Kim Chung on February 13, 2017 7:57 AM | Permalink

These children pose on the steps of the Boulder City City Hall in this undated photograph from our Manis Collection. The building first served as a school for children of Boulder Dam construction workers. The girls wear costumes decorated with hearts as "Uncle Sam" looks on. It may or may not have been Valentine's Day, but we still think it's fitting for February!

A Note on Sovereignty, by Lee M. Hanover

By Special Collections Technical Services on February 7, 2017 5:08 PM | Permalink

Handwritten note from the Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming, 1789-2015. MS-00092. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Staff Highlight: Marina Georgieva and the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project

By Su Kim Chung on January 26, 2017 1:45 PM | Permalink

    

Marina Georgieva, Project Manager for the National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP) at UNLV

If you're curious about some of the work UNLV Libraries Special Collections staff members are doing in the archives, our Staff Highlight feature answers commonly-asked questions about their projects and perspectives. Here, Marina Georgieva, Project Manager for the National Digital Newspaper Project, offers a look into her current activities with this ongoing effort to provide permanent access to a national digital resource of historic newspapers.