Conservation work on the Howard Hughes Motion Picture Papers by Ryan DiPaolo

Archival processing assistant Jimmy Chang cuts acid-free boards to create a custom storage solution for metal advertising proofs of The Outlaw (1943).”

Ryan DiPaolo is the project archivist 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 generous grant from the Read More

2021-22 Eadington Fellowship Application Period Open

Close up of historical book page show colored drawing of cards from a deck

The Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites interested scholars to apply for the 2021-22 William R. Eadington Fellowships in Gaming Research. The Eadington Fellowship facilitates research into many aspects of both gambling and Las Vegas at UNLV Special Collections and Archives in the University Libraries.

In the 2021-22 academic year, the Center will award two types of Eadington fellowships:

  • Four-week Resident Fellowships offer a $3,000 stipend and can be completed any time before September 1,…Read More

Paluzzi Panoramic Photo Project: Part II by Amy Check

Robert “Bob” Paluzzi with his Cirkut Camera at Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, January 1998. Image courtesy of Victoria Paluzzi.

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. 

Welcome to the second and final blog post about the UNLV Special Collections…Read More

Robert Paluzzi Photography Collection Digitization Project Featured On Video Vault

Still of Video Vault segment with Tom Hawley. (Courtesy of KSNV).

A project to digitize rare historical panoramic photographs was recently featured on a segment of Video Vault on KSNV with Tom Hawley.

The Paluzzi Digitization Project is a six-month grant initiative funded by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to physically arrange and rehouse the Robert Paluzzi Panoramic Photograph Collection (PH-00414). Paluzzi was a long-time Caesar's Palace…Read More

Eadington Fellow John Eglin - In Residence April 12 - April 26

Dr. John Elgin sitting at a table with a laptop examining a historical book

We are pleased to welcome this month’s Eadington Fellow Dr. John Eglin, Professor of History, University of Montana, Missoula. A member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and North American Council on British Studies, Eglin’s work explores the relationship between culture and politics in British society from the late 1600s until the end of the 1700s. 

His past work includes The Imaginary Autocrat: Beau Nash and the Invention of Bath.  London: Profile Books, 2005, and Venice Transfigured: The Myth of…Read More

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 works on the globalization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes his specialized research  …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

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