Su Kim Chung

Head of Special Collections Public Services

Su Kim Chung has been immersed in the history of UNLV and Las Vegas since she began work in the Libraries' Special Collections Division in 1999. Since then, she has helped dozens of researchers in their quest to find significant and interesting historical documents and photographs on the history of Las Vegas. In 2012, the revised and updated second edition of her popular photo history book Las Vegas Then and Now was published by Thunder Bay Press.

Articles by Su Kim Chung

An aerial image of a Homecoming Festival with the Las Vegas strip in the background.
UNLV History | October 12, 2023

Homecoming brings students and alumni to gether to celebrate at traditions like the golf cart parade, festival, and football game.

Four men sit in the water up to their necks
UNLV History | August 3, 2021

A look at how Las Vegans cooled off in the yesteryear of triple-digit summers.

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UNLV History | April 22, 2020

UNLV Rebels raised awareness for environmental issues with a teach-in 50 years ago. Today, there are still lessons from the movement.

couple laying on lawn
UNLV History | February 14, 2019

The old UNLV yearbooks in Special Collections offer a look at campus love in decades past.

snow at fremont street
Arts and Culture | December 22, 2017

Snow is a near-magical experience in Las Vegas, preserved in photos long after the snow melts. Here are a few of our favorites from the UNLV archives.

Frank Sinatra
UNLV History | May 6, 2016

From Bob Hope to Jimmy Kimmel, top entertainers have long been honored at UNLV commencement with honorary degrees.

Researchers look through photographs
Research | October 15, 2015

The discoveries made in the Libraries' Special Collections challenge the way that people think of Las Vegas and its place in the American landscape. Here's a taste.

Swimming pool scene at the Riviera Hotel
Arts and Culture | May 6, 2015

The vast archives within University Libraries preserve the history of the now-shuttered casino. Su Kim Chung, head of special collections public services, offers a peek inside.