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Oral historian Claytee White has spent a career recording Las Vegans’ personal histories. Now she speaks about her own remarkable roots.
How the old papers of an esteemed accountant and the memories of a casino legend chart the shift in the casino model.
This section of the city was integrated and flourished in days of overt segregation along the Las Vegas Strip. Oral historian Claytee White takes a look at the businesses that formed the backbone for this community.
As the state celebrates its 150th year, special collections librarian Su Kim Chung shares her picks for the most important records on early Las Vegas history.
Oral History Research Center In The News
During the question-and-answer session at the end of “A Woman’s Place is …” a man referred to the four female panelists collectively as “you guys,” then quickly realized his mistake.
Las Vegas and Clark County have exploded in the last few decades. The growth has been sometimes painful and sometimes exhilarating. And for much of our history, women have played a key role in building and planning for Southern Nevada. Think Virginia Valentine, Pat Mulroy, Thalia Dondero. Think Margi Grein, Carol Vallardo and Ann O'Connell.
About 25 people gathered Saturday afternoon at the West Las Vegas Library to remember the history of slavery in America and commemorate the day in 1865 when Texas slaves first learned that they were free. The gathering was one of five events being held by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation to honor Juneteenth, an observance of that day — June 19, 1865 — that came more than two years after President Abe Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation.
Norges Rodriguez worked as a telecom engineer and journalist in his native Cuba. But the day I meet him, he’s leaning over a bed at a workforce training academy in Las Vegas, learning how to tuck corners and stuff pillowcases with the kind of precision that passes muster in the guest rooms at Las Vegas’ sparkling casino resorts.
Ruby Duncan and five other women who fought for Southern Nevada welfare recipients’ rights in the 1970s were celebrated as pioneers at the North Las Vegas school that bears her name.
Oral History Research Center Experts
Oral Historian, UNLV Oral History Research Center
An oral historian and author on preserving family memories.
Director, Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries
Claytee D. White is an oral historian whose many projects include the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.