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Armed Services Editions: A Footnote to D-Day

By Cyndi Shein on June 3, 2019 12:30 PM | Permalink

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Cyndi Shein looks at the history of Armed Services Editions, a series of books provided to military servicemen during World War II. UNLV offers public access to a collection of these rare historical books thanks to the generosity of Beverly Rogers, who donated her collection of more than 400 Armed Services Editions to UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives.

Latinx Voices: Rodrigo Vazquez

By skennedy on May 24, 2019 3:40 PM | Permalink

For Rodrigo Vazquez, Las Vegas' East Side will always be home. Vazquez, who identifies as Mexican, graduated from UNLV this month with a double major in Economics and English. He spent his senior year working on the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project in the UNLV Oral History Research Center as a way to connect with his heritage and give back to the Latinx community in Las Vegas. In this interview, we asked Rodrigo to share more about his experiences and what he has learned while working on the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada.

Eadington Fellow Yale Belanger: In Residence May 8 - May 31

By Su Kim Chung on May 10, 2019 5:59 PM | Permalink

UNLV University Libraries Special Collections & Archives and the Center for Gaming Research welcomes our latest Eadington Fellow, Yale Belanger, professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge in the province of Alberta, Canada. Belanger is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, author of the book Gambling with the Future, and editor of First Nations Gaming in Canada. Join us for his lecture on Friday, May 31 at 3 p.m. in the Goldfield Room.

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.