Barbara Tabach

Oral Historian, UNLV Oral History Research Center
Expertise: Collecting and organizing oral histories, Preserving family history, Las Vegas history


Barbara Tabach believes in the power of the human story and the value of collecting the voices that tell the stories. She is project manager and coordinator for the Oral History Research Center at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She collects oral histories and serves a leading role in the creation of two digital projects in UNLV Libraries’ Special Collections:

In addition, she has assisted with oral history projects of Las Vegas historic neighborhoods and longtime residents for the center.

Barbara is also an expert on techniques and methods for preserving personal and family histories. She has published two books on the topic: In Your Own Words and LifeCatching: The Art of Saving and Sharing Memories, co-authored with Polly Clark (Iowan Books).

Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in education from Drake University and did master’s studies in journalism at Iowa State University. She serves on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association.


Barbara Tabach In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Latinos have contributed to Las Vegas politically, economically, in the hotel industry and in professional careers, said Maribel Estrada Calderon, a student working on the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project at UNLV.
The Nevada Independent
A project launched recently in Las Vegas aims to not only document the legacy of Hispanics in Southern Nevada, but to tell their stories in their own words.

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