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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


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

May 31, 2018

You don’t have to be a first responder to participate in UNLV Libraries’ “Remembering 1 October” oral history project, although it’s fine if you are. “We want to show how Las Vegas [rallied] together to support each other,” says Claytee D. White, director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center.

Apr 2, 2018

Four years before the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee — 50 years ago Wednesday — Las Vegas shared in his historic legacy.

Apr 2, 2018

In early 1960, Dr. James McMillan penned a letter to then-Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson demanding that the city integrate.

Mar 28, 2018

The historic African-American neighborhood in Las Vegas known as the Westside sits at a crossroads — literally and figuratively.

Articles Featuring Claytee D. White

Lied Library
Dec 19, 2017
Arts and Culture

National Endowment for Humanities awards UNLV Special Collections and Archives $100,000 to document contributions of Latino Communities to Southern Nevada's development.

Claytee White, Director, Oral History Research Center at the Historic Westside School
Jun 14, 2017

Oral historian Claytee White has spent a career recording Las Vegans’ personal histories. Now she speaks about her own remarkable roots.