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

Las Vegas Weekly
May 22, 2020
Sometimes, it doesn’t take long to change the course of history. Such was the case for Las Vegas’ Moulin Rouge.
Bureau of Reclamation
March 25, 2020
On Tuesday, March 3, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Basin Regional Office sponsored an informative special emphasis observance in celebration of Women’s History Month in Boulder City, Nevada.
March 2, 2020
"The history of West Las Vegas is a place where that's all they had, when that's all they knew, the Mississippi of the West is what they called it," said Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly.
February 27, 2020
In the 1940s, many African American's traveled to Las Vegas in search of jobs and a better life.

Articles Featuring Claytee D. White

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
PeopleDecember 27, 2019
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.
People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Lied Library
Arts and CultureDecember 19, 2017
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
PeopleJune 14, 2017
Oral historian Claytee White has spent a career recording Las Vegans’ personal histories. Now she speaks about her own remarkable roots.