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Las Vegas Age, Las Vegas Times newspaper collections available to search online

By skennedy on April 24, 2019 9:07 AM | Permalink

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.

Union Pacific Railroad: Unlikely Water Conservation Pioneers by Gayle O'Hara

By Su Kim Chung on April 19, 2019 5:53 PM | Permalink


Las Vegas Age newspaper clipping on water conservation dated February 20, 1942 from the files of the Union Pacific Railroad Collection (MS-00397)

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day celebration, Digital Collections Specialist Gayle O'Hara's blog post focuses on historical efforts at water conservation as uncovered in the Union Pacific Railroad Collection (MS-00397).  O'Hara recently received her MLIS from San Jose State University and is currently managing the digitization of portions of the UPR Collection with a focus on water-related files.

Eadington Fellow Dorothy Barenscott: In Residence April 16 - April 29

By Su Kim Chung on April 16, 2019 3:46 PM | Permalink


We are delighted to welcome Dorothy Barenscott, the first Eadington Fellow of 2019, to the Center for Gaming Research in Special Collections & Archives. An Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary art history and theory in the Department of Fine Arts in Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Barenscott is an art historian whose interdisciplinary research relates to the interplay between urban space and emerging technology and media forms in the articulation of a range of modern and postmodern identities.

New from Digital Collections: 1 October Twitter Data Tutorial Series

By Su Kim Chung on April 9, 2019 11:57 AM | Permalink

Learn how to design, collect, document, and analyze a collection of Twitter data by Miranda Barrie 

Navigating a collection of over 14 million tweets can seem like a daunting task. When the UNLV Libraries published its first-ever collection of Twitter data, we knew there was a need to make the data accessible to faculty and students across campus. The 1 October Twitter Data Tutorial Series features ten tutorials that take you step-by-step through the design, collection, and documentation process of curating a collection of Twitter data. Tutorials seven through ten feature tools to help students analyze the data they collect.

Latinx Voices: Nathalie Martinez

By skennedy on April 4, 2019 10:10 AM | Permalink

Nathalie Martinez

For UNLV junior Nathalie Martinez, being involved with the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project in the UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives is a chance to not only connect with her own heritage, but to shine a light on the impact the Latinx community has had on the growth of Las Vegas.

Latinx Voices: Maribel Estrada Calderón

By skennedy on March 5, 2019 11:31 AM | Permalink

For UNLV senior Maribel Estrada Calderón, working on Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada in UNLV University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives has been an opportunity to connect with fellow students and learn from oral historians in the UNLV Oral History Research Center.

Collection Design: Curating a Collection of Twitter JSON Data

By Su Kim Chung on March 4, 2019 10:26 AM | Permalink

Learn how to curate a collection of Twitter JSON data by Miranda Barrie


Before you start collecting Twitter data, it is important to clearly define your research questions to ensure that the tweets returned from Twitter’s Application Programming Interface (API) meet your needs as a researcher. The second tutorial in the 1 October Twitter Data Collection series will walk you through the collection design process and provides a checklist to help organize your collection. For the purposes of this tutorial, the process will assume that the collection will be created using Twarc, an open-source tool from Documenting the Now which allows users with Twitter developer access to collect Twitter data.

Inside the Elmo C. Bruner Architectural and Real Estate Appraisal Records by Angela Moor

By Su Kim Chung on February 27, 2019 4:50 PM | Permalink


Green Shack appraisal document from the Elmo C Bruner Architectural and Real Estate Appraisal Records 

Archival processing assistant Angela Moor is a PhD candidate in the UNLV History Department and is currently completing her dissertation. She is the co-author, with Dorothy Wright, of Clark County Commissioners 1909-2009: A Century of Service.