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Winter Break Hours in Special Collections & Archives

By Su Kim Chung on December 15, 2017 3:46 PM | Permalink


Fremont Street after rare snow storm in the late 1940s. Elbert Edwards Photo Collection (PH: 0214 0774)

Please note that Special Collections & Archives will have reduced hours during the Winter Break at UNLV. From December 18-22 and December 26-29 we will be open from 1-5pm only.

From January 2- January 12 we will be open 9am-5pm with normal semester hours resuming on January 16. We are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15. 

Preserve, Build, Inspire, Impact : 50th Anniversary Event Series

By Su Kim Chung on December 15, 2017 12:00 AM | Permalink


Join us for this special event series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives.

Preserve the Past: A Musical Essay with Judy Jones
Friday, January 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
Judy Jones shares excerpts from her upcoming memoir about life as a Copa Girl at the Sands Hotel during the Rat Pack-era. Mixing backstage stories with live classic music performances, this is an unforgettable performance you won’t want to miss.

Exhibit Opening: Built
Friday, February 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit featuring photography by Aaron Mayes and items from Building Las Vegas.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert E. Lang, Executive Director of the Lincy Institute, Director of Brookings Mountain West, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, and Professor of Urban Affairs

Culinary Workers Union Collection Comes Alive Through Tech in Digital Collections Lab by Jasmin Bryant

By Su Kim Chung on November 15, 2017 4:22 PM | Permalink


Photographs of Frontier Victory rally , Culinary Union, Las Vegas (Nev.), 1998 January 31. Culinary Workers Union Local 226 Las Vegas, Nevada Photograph Collection (PH:00382)

In one photograph a diverse group of union workers hold up a banner together that boldly declares, “Whatever it takes. As long as it takes.” In another, Rev. Jesse Jackson holds his fist in the air during a labor union rally on the Strip. And in a series of negatives, the moment is captured when one of the longest labor strikes in American history finally ends, with jubilant workers embracing each other and applauding. These are just a few among the thousands of images that can be found within the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 Photograph Collection, now available online.

Who in the World is Roberta Kane?

By skennedy on November 2, 2017 2:05 PM | Permalink

Join the UNLV University Libraries for "Who in the World is Roberta Kane?" on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Goldfield Room in Lied Library. This special reception will feature Roberta Kane, the daughter of Mike and Sallie Gordon and the first known Jewish baby born in Las Vegas.

Special Collections & Archives Completes Work on NHPRC Grant “America’s Great Gamble”

By Su Kim Chung on October 23, 2017 11:48 AM | Permalink

Special Collections and Archives project staff recently completed work on the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) grant-funded project, “America’s Great Gamble: A Project to Promote the Discovery of Sources About the Expansion of Legalized Gambling Across the United States.” The $129,600 grant allowed SCA to hire two full-time project archivists, and two student assistants who were able to process and describe four of our most significant modern gaming collections.