Wikimedian in Residence

Wikimedian-in-Residence Violet Fox poses in front of a fun sign during her trip to the Neon Museum on a visit to Las Vegas.

In January, Violet Fox joined the Special Collections & Archives team as the Digital Collections Wikimedian-in-Residence. In this three month grant-funded role, she’ll add information about selected collections into Wikidata, making those resources more visible to search engines and more findable by researchers. 

I’m glad for the opportunity to introduce myself and the project I’m working on! I’m a metadata librarian currently living in Washington, D…Read More

Mike Smith Editorial Cartoon Collection Donated To Special Collections & Archives

Mike Smith, Editorial Cartoon for the Las Vegas Sun (Photo courtesy Christopher DeVargas/Las Vegas Sun)

Special Collections & Archives in the UNLV University Libraries is getting political with it’s latest donation - more than 35 years of Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoons from cartoonist Mike Smith. 

“We are so thrilled that Mike Smith and the Las Vegas Sun have chosen to donate this collection to our university,” said Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries at UNLV. “Students in political science, history, fine arts, and other professions will be able to access this archive and gain insight into what was…Read More

"Sky Devils": a glimpse into the screenwriting process by Ryan DiPaolo

Photograph of Howard Hughes in his plane, January 1936. Howard Hughes Public Relations Photograph Collection, 1930-1950. PH-00373. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

The creative process to draft and create a film follows a complex path. It goes through various stages of edits and additions in order to create a film as close to the image in the producer's mind. The Howard Hughes Motion Pictures Papers (HHMPP) stored at UNLV Special Collections and Archives showcases this creative process in all its…Read More

Eadington Fellow Fred Woods - In Residence Jan 19 - Feb 3

We are pleased to welcome our first Eadington Fellow of 2021, Dr. Fred Woods who has served as a Professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University since 1998. From 2005 to 2010, he held a Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding and was appointed in 2019 to a BYU endowed Moral Education Professorship. He is also a Senior Associate of Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

Dr. Woods is the author of several books and numerous articles. He is best known for his…Read More

The History of Howard Hughes and HUAC by By Kyle Gagnon and Hannah Tran

A Spectre is Haunting Hollywood: The History of Howard Hughes and HUAC - Part I

Image of newspaper clipping from the Howard Hughes Motion Picture Papers (MS-01036)

Kyle Gagnon is a third year UNLV film student and Hannah Tran is a senior at UNLV majoring in film and English. Both are student assistants working on the "Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes" joint project sponsored by the UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives and the UNLV Department of Film, which is funded by a…Read More

Paluzzi Panoramic Photo Project by Amy Check

A long panoramic photograph of the Las Vegas valley unrolled across two tabletops. The image is printed in color and held down using weights.)
Take a look at this panoramic! This view of the Las Vegas valley needs two tables to fully unroll.

Amy Check received her BA in Psychology from UNLV in 2016. She has worked in Digital Collections since 2013, first as a student assistant, before transitioning to a staff position in 2017.  Her previous work includes the National Digital Newspaper Project and the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project. …Read More

Introducing the NEH "Inventing Hollywood" Grant Project Team

Introducing the Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes Project Team!

The processing project team for the "Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes" NEH grant has been hard at working surveying the collection, preparing inventories, and beginning conservation work. The team is a diverse group of students, part-time processing assistants, and a project archivist. Their educational backgrounds, personal interests, and work experiences come together to form a strong, dynamic team. UNLV Special Collections and Archives is excited to have such a strong team!


Celene Chavez 

Celene is a second year UNLV film student and student assistant for the NEH grant project.

I am currently in my second year at UNLV as a film…Read More

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

1 October Twitter Data Collection: Tutorial Series

Tutorial One: Introduction to Tweet JSON

Learn the basics of JavaScript Object Notation and Tweet JSON

All operating systems · Related Presentation 

Tutorial Two: Command Line

Learn how to navigate your filesystem using the command line 

Mac users · Windows users · 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

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