Inventing Hollywood: NEH Grant Project Lifts Off in UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives

 Filing cabinet used to store newspaper clippings about “The Outlaw”, one of Hughes’ most controversial films.
Filing cabinet used to store newspaper clippings about “The Outlaw”, one of Hughes’ most controversial films.

Over the summer, the UNLV University Libraries and the UNLV Department of Film received a $271,580 National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Award for their project, “Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes.” A small team recently…Read More

Honoring Atomic Veterans: Alice P. Broudy Papers

November 11 is a day to honor the veterans who have served our nation.  UNLV archivist Joyce Moore has just completed the description of material focused on veteran Major Charles A. Broudy, USMC, who served in World War II, the Korean War, and at the Nevada Test Site. Major Broudy died of cancer in 1977 and, as a result, his wife, Alice Patricia “Pat” Broudy, has dedicated much of her life to the cause of “atomic veterans,” a term used to describe United States veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation during their military service.

The Alice P. Broudy Papers on Broudy v United States (MS-00097) document the landmark…Read More

Special Collections Open By Appointment Only

Special Collections & Archives reference desk with plexiglass shields and Covid prevention signs.
Special Collections & Archives Reference Desk

Because we have limited staff and student workers to manage the reference desk and pull materials, Special Collections & Archives will have limited access. We are open for NSHE/UNLV users Monday 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Wednesday 1:00-5:00 pm. For all other users and hours, please make an appointment (via phone at 702-895-2234 or email at special.collections@unlv.edu) to…Read More

Inside the Karl Carsony Papers by Lee Hanover

Archival objects from the Karl Carsony Papers, including Carsony’s boater hat, balancing cane, acrobat hoops, three golf balls, and a souvenir wine bottle.

Figure 1: Archival objects from the Karl Carsony Papers, including Carsony’s boater hat, balancing cane, acrobat hoops, three golf balls, and a souvenir wine bottle.

Prior to leaving for the doctoral program in history at UC Riverside, Lee Hanover received his BA and MA degrees in History from UNLV while serving as an archival processing assistant in UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives

The…Read More

Documenting COVID-19 in Las Vegas

UNLV University Libraries Photographs of the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Las Vegas, Nevada, PH-00428/ Photo by Aaron Mayes

Like many university libraries and archives across the country, UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives has been documenting the community impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to create a permanent collection for future researchers. Our collecting efforts are focused on how the coronavirus has affected everyday life in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and includes the following types of materials:

Visual Documentation: Visual…Read More

Researcher Profile: Emily Budd

Emily Budd's Memorial for Queer Rhyolite, a temporary monument to dreams in the dust,  a public piece installed for the inaugural Bullfrog Biennial at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV in October 2019
Emily Budd's Memorial for Queer Rhyolite, a temporary monument to dreams in the dust, a public piece installed for the inaugural Bullfrog Biennial at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV in October 2019. Image courtesy of Emily Budd.

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects…Read More

Researcher Profile: Maribel Estrada Calderón

Maribel Estrada Calderon examining the the Fort Mojave Indian School Records.
Maribel Estrada Calderón examines the Fort Mojave Indian School Records (MS-00034) for a class research project.

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects ranging from articles and…Read More

Researcher Profile: Aseem Inam

Photo of Dr. Aseem Inam, Courtesy of Matthew Sussman
Dr. Aseem Inam, Image Courtesy of Matthew Sussman

Our Researcher Profile series highlights researchers and who have used resources in Special Collections & Archives for a variety of projects ranging from articles and books to exhibits and documentaries and more. 

This week's post focuses on the work of Dr. Aseem Inam, Professor and Chair in Urban Design, School of Architecture,…Read More

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 in Nevada


“The success of this campaign against influenza depends upon your co-operation.” - Las Vegas Age, Nov. 9, 1918

Peter Michel, PhD., Curator of Collections and Interim Director, Special Collections & Archives with a historical perspective on the Spanish Flu pandemic in Nevada drawn from issues of the Las Vegas Age in our Digital Collections.

When we hear that the COVID 19 pandemic and its social impact are unprecedented, that is not actually true. I have taken the opportunity of working from home to use our…Read More

UNLV Libraries and UNLV Film Receive NEH Grant to Process, Preserve Howard Hughes Motion Picture Papers

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced today that the UNLV University Libraries and the UNLV Department of Film have received a $271,580 National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Award for their project, “Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes.” 

The Tony Stark of his era. That is perhaps the most concise description of Howard Robard Hughes (1905-1976), arguably one of America’s most significant visionaries. Intuitive, mercurial, and insistent upon continual out-of-the-box innovation in everything he did, Hughes pushed himself and everyone around him to shape the future by looking beyond the possibilities of the present. 

He leveraged an…Read More

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