May is National Bike Month, so we thought we’d roll out this free- wheeling assortment of bicycling images from our photograph collections. For us, Bike Month is the perfect opportunity to share photos of both notable and everyday Southern Nevadans enjoying the many pleasures of life on two wheels. By Nancy Hardy, Special Collections Outreach and Reference Assistant
Carlos Lemus, Application Programmer, UNLV Libraries Special Collections. (Next to Carlos is a cutout of Carmella Rickman from the Carmella Rickman Papers, MS-00541)
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, Carlos Lemus, Application Programmer, gives us a glimpse into life working among the rare treasures of the library and the system that stores the maps to these treasures.
When you first began working in Special Collections, what was the one item or collection that made your jaw drop, and why?
Yom HaShoah marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and is observed during the Week of Remembrance, this year beginning the evening of May 4th. (Holocaust remembrance event at the Jewish Federation, circa 1998-2000. Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records, MS-00602)
No voices recorded among our archived oral histories are more powerful or heart wrenching than those of Southern Nevadans who recounted their personal memories of one of the greatest war crimes of the modern world. These oral histories, along with biographical essays and video interviews with Holocaust survivors, are accessible online to everyone as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project.
As part of UNLV Libraries’ observance of Asian, Pacific Islander & Middle Eastern Heritage Month, we’re sharing—and celebrating—an incredible life story documented in our Tomiyasu Photograph Collection. Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu is notable in early Las Vegas history for the 160-acre ranch he operated near what is now Pecos and Warm Springs Road. The Tomiyasu Farm provided a surprising array of luscious produce for Las Vegas and even the remotest areas in Southern Nevada, as well as for workers at the Boulder Dam construction site. By Nancy Hardy, Outreach and Reference Assistant, UNLV Libraries Special Collections.
A portrait of Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu taken in California sometime between 1908 and 1910. (Tomiyasu Photo Collection, PH: 0294-0004)
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries was recently selected as Nevada’s host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The First Folio exhibition will be open to the public September 1-29, 2016.
“The UNLV University Libraries is excited that Southern Nevada will be able to experience first-hand the wonder and rareness of the First Folio,” said Michelle Light, Director of Special Collections. “From Shakespeare aficionados to students studying the Bard’s plays for the first time, this exhibit is a rare opportunity for people in Nevada to see one of the most influential books in history.”
Scott Boylan (Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1995) specializes in analyzing risk-taking and decision-making under uncertainty. His published work focuses on how factors such as past history, complexity, and effort affect the amount of risk individuals are willing to take when making tax and financial reporting decisions. Boylan is a professor in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He teaches an elective course on casino accounting and the gaming industry.
Emily Lapworth, Digital 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, Emily Lapworth, Digital 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?
In partnership with the Department of History, we're excited to announce a special book signing and lecture on April 24 with Dr. Leisl Carr-Childers, Assistant Professor of Public History and the American West at the University of Northern Iowa, and author of The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015). The University of Oklahoma Press web site notes:
Planes, Trains and Automobiles…and Women!
Nancy Hardy, Public Services Outreach Assistant, has created a delightful photo essay to round out Women's History Month. Enjoy these fun photographs from our collections!
Since the arrival of the railroad at the beginning of the 20th century—and the subsequent land auction that founded Las Vegas—women have played a critical role in the city’s growth and cultural development. Interestingly, the evolution of transportation documented by photographs in UNLV Libraries Special Collections also tells us a great deal about women’s contributions during that era. Here we’ve gathered images that visually convey a part of the story of women, transportation, and even fashion from Las Vegas’ and Nevada’s earliest days.
Stop by and listen to this unique panel on "Community Conversations" which explores the way in which oral history can help us connect with and understand our community. It features UNLV undergraduate students who conducted oral histories as part of their class projects, and the Las Vegas residents who were interviewed for the project.
Date: March 30, 2016
Time: 5-7 pm
Place: Goldfield Room (3rd floor), Lied Library, UNLV campus
If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact Angela Ayers in the UNLV University Libraries Administration Office at 702-895-2277 (or by email at email@example.com) in advance.
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