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1940s Petitions for Improvement of Las Vegas' Westside, by John Grygo

By Cyndi Shein on August 7, 2015 4:55 PM | Permalink

Westside petition for regulation baseball diamond


As a summer intern in Special Collections Technical Services, I was tasked with improving collection descriptions to increase collection discovery online.  One of the collections I pulled from the shelf was simply titled "Petitions," which gave no real indication of the nature of the materials.  Upon investigation, I discovered that the collection is of historical significance to the history of Las Vegas, and to the African American community of the Westside in particular.

Exhibit Highlight: From Tract House To Bauhaus The Modern House In Mid-Century Las Vegas

By Su Kim Chung on July 29, 2015 2:11 PM | Permalink

Illustrations:  Paradise Palms housing development brochure. From the Farnsworth Collection MS-00497.

Special Collections Curator Peter Michel has created a new exhibit about mid-century modern home design in Las Vegas.  The exhibit cases feature original architectural designs drawn from UNLV's collections on architects Elmo Bruner, James B. McDaniel and Dale Scheideman as well as the Las Vegas Historical Building Survey Collection, historical housing development brochures from the Farnsworth Collection, color photographs of mid century moderns homes from the Mancuso Casino Collection, excerpts from the "West Charleston Neighborhoods: An Oral History Project of Ward 1" and others. 

Staff Highlight: Our Award-Winning Staff

By Su Kim Chung on July 23, 2015 4:34 PM | Permalink


Some of our award-winning staff:  Su Kim Chung, Lindsay Oden, Cyndi Shein, and Michael Frazier. Not pictured: Silvia Southwick. 

The spring 2015 semester saw a number of Special Collections staff honored for their work both in the UNLV Libraries and campus-wide. Please join us in congratulating our staff on their accomplishments!

Special Collections Head of Public Services Su Kim Chung was selected as "McPhee Librarian of the Year" by her peers in the UNLV Libraries.  She was nominated by Director of Special Collections, Michelle Light. 

Silvia Southwick, Digital Collections Metadata Librarian, was honored for her significant scholarship contributions (including important work on linked data) with the UNLV Libraries Outstanding Faculty Scholarship award.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Monica Steinberg | In Residence June 1-June 30

By Su Kim Chung on June 4, 2015 1:40 PM | Permalink

Steinberg is a Doctoral Candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work focuses on the intersections of humor, identity, and contemporary art in the global context. She has contributed to exhibition catalogues including “The Abstract Impulse” (New York, 2007), “The Commonist” (Baku, 2012) and the Venice Biennale’s “Love Me, Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan” (Venice, 2013); and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University.

Celebrating Asian-Pacific Heritage Month: A Look at Asian-Pacific Entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip

By Su Kim Chung on May 21, 2015 6:30 PM | Permalink

Las Vegas Show Programs Collection MS-00333

Entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip has a rich and glamorous history .  It most commonly brings to mind images of the Rat Pack cavorting on stage in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel or of glittering showgirls descending staircases in spectacular headdresses in elaborate production shows such as the Lido de Paris or Folies Bergere.  Perhaps less known were the contributions of performers of Asian-Pacific heritage – those of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hawaiian, Filipino, Polynesian and Tahitian ancestry for example.

Eadington Lecture Preview- An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London

By Su Kim Chung on May 12, 2015 3:42 PM | Permalink

Read more about Eadington Fellow Celeste Chamberland's research in Special Collections on gambling and addiction in 17th century London and come to the lecture "An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London" on Thursday, May 14 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library, UNLV campus.

Exhibit Highlight: The French Connection

By Su Kim Chung on May 1, 2015 5:29 PM | Permalink

Special Collections Librarian Karla Irwin has curated a new exhibit on the 1st floor of Lied Library. The French Connection: Lido de Paris and Folies Bergère in Las Vegas explores the artistry and imagination of French production shows in Las Vegas. Materials in the exhibit were drawn from various collections in UNLV Special Collections and represent the range of documentation we hold on the history of Las Vegas entertainment. The Folies Bergere costumes and headdresses in the exhibit were loaned courtesy of the Nevada State Museum. Here is a preview of this exciting exhibit!

My only aim is to…give the audience three enchanting hours of fantasy and beauty and fun, and evening's escape into the land of dream-fulfillment.
-Paul Derval, owner/manager of the Folies Bergère in Paris from 1916-1966