Nearly complete runs of two early Las Vegas newspapers are now available to view and search online thanks to a project from the UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Division.
With funding from the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, the Las Vegas Age, which was published from 1905-1947, and the Las Vegas Times, the city’s first newspapers published from 1905-1906, are available online through the UNLV University Libraries website and with portions soon to be available through the Library of Congress Chronicling America website.
“This is a day to celebrate the availability of an exciting new resource for Las Vegas history,” said Cory Lampert, head of UNLV Digital Collections and the co-principal investigator on the project. “These newspapers serve as a first draft of history for Las Vegas and are an essential tool for many researchers and history buffs who want to take a deep dive into the early days of our city.”
Previously, only microfilm versions of the newspapers were available for researchers to peruse at either UNLV’s Lied Library or the Nevada State Museum.
“We are pleased to have completed work on this project and made this important historical resource available in a digital format,” said Maggie Farrell, Dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “Our incredible team lead by Cory, and our project manager, Stacey Fott, have worked to make this complex project easily accessible to individuals around the world.”
Partners on the digitization project included the Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records, the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.
UNLV University Libraries is a leader in preserving and digitizing historical Nevada newspapers, having served as the lead institution for Nevada’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The University Libraries has received three grants totaling $839,300 and Digital Collections has coordinated the digitization of more than 200,000 pages of historical Nevada newspapers that are now available through the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website.
To view the entire Las Vegas Age collection online, visit our website at http://d.library.unlv.edu/digital/collection/LasVegas02a.