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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.  

Glenn Davis - Las Vegas Photographer by Maryse Lundering-Timpano

By Su Kim Chung on December 12, 2016 3:46 PM | Permalink


Glenn Davis photographed a sailboat on Lake Mead near the crest of Boulder Dam from the upstream Nevada side. The dam was officially renamed Hoover Dam in 1947.  (PH: 0020-0126)

UNLV history graduate student Maryse Lundering-Timpano worked as a summer intern in Special Collections this past June and July creating finding aids for our many historic photograph collections. Here she describes a collection of particular interest to her.


Here Davis photographed the main construction site of the Boulder Dam project from the downstream side. (PH: 0020-0072)

Decembers to Remember in Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on December 3, 2016 12:23 PM | Permalink



Above: This photograph of a snow-laden tree in Las Vegas in 1930 is part of our Doris Hancock Collection. Mrs. Hancock was a teacher at the John S. Park School for 39 years, retiring in 1963.

December is a month of holidays and celebrations. For some of us, that traditionally means it's time to deck the halls! We thought we'd add to the festivities by sharing a few images from the archives. These wintry scenes (and other ephemera) help document the spirit of the season in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada over the past hundred years.

A photo essay by Nancy Hardy, Special Collections Outreach and Reference Assistant


A Cornucopia of Memories from Special Collections

By Su Kim Chung on November 21, 2016 8:14 AM | Permalink

Menu from Thanksgiving 1908 at the Binkley Hotel in Sherman, Texas (Bohn-Bettoni Collection)

With Thanksgiving approaching, we're feeling a sense of gratitude for many things, among them the growing diversity and expansion of our archives over the past year. In honor of the holiday, we're equally grateful to be able to share these photographs and ephemeral materials from our Special Collections. They recall several delightful ways that Thanksgiving was celebrated over the last century in Las Vegas, in Southern Nevada and across the country.  

A photo essay by Nancy Hardy, Special Collections Outreach and Reference Assistant

"The Future is Here" Early tech adopters in gaming seen through the Christiansen Papers, by Lindsay Oden

By Special Collections Technical Services on November 8, 2016 1:08 PM | Permalink

The widespread use of computers and the internet made an indelible mark on the world of gaming, as it did on numerous other aspects of our lives. The Eugene Martin Christiansen Papers held in UNLV Libraries Special Collections document how gaming companies, gamblers, race tracks, and casinos began looking into the forerunners of internet gaming as early as the 1970s and had been using networked computers as a resource decades before most people were online.