Claytee D. White

Director, Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries
Expertise: African Americans in Las Vegas, The Art of Collecting Oral Histories, Oral History Workshops

Biography

Claytee D. White is the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. She collects the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from longtime residents. Her projects include early health care in the city, history of the John S. Park Neighborhood, The Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project, and a study of musicians who played with some of the greats in the entertainment field.

As one of five founders of the Las Vegas Black Historical Society Inc., she chronicles the history of the Las Vegas black community that was established in 1905. Her published writings on the subject include a book chapter, encyclopedia entries, and several articles.

White received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles, master's degree in history from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has completed work toward a doctorate at the College of William & Mary. White currently serves on the Board of Women of Diversity, the UNLV Presidential Debate Planning Committee, and the Historic Preservation Commission. White has also served on the Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities executive board, and is the past president of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Claytee D. White In The News

K.N.P.R. News
The upcoming holidays mean people spend —on food, on gifts, clothes and so much more.
Las Vegas Sun
A ” We Need to Talk” panel discussion on critical race theory at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Metropolis Magazine
The casual elegance of architect Paul Revere Williams’ Southern California mansions attracted a host of celebrity clients, including Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Yet today the architect is celebrated as much for his improbable journey and the obstacles he overcame as for the remarkable quality of his work. Born in 1894, Williams, the orphan son of an African American fruit and vegetable merchant, would rise from his humble beginnings and the racial prejudice of his day to become one of America’s most respected architects.
The New York Times
The architect’s achievements transformed the landscape of Nevada but were obscured by racism. Janna Ireland’s exhibition changes that.

Articles Featuring Claytee D. White

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

We Need to Talk sign on TV screen
Business and Community | March 25, 2022

Latest episode in series presented by UNLV Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will examine the hub of Las Vegas’ diverse Latinx communities and its significance in Nevada’s historical timeline.

a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.