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

Las Vegas Sun
April 19, 2022
Before Nathalie Martinez graduated from UNLV in 2021, she worked as a student oral historian for the Latinx Voices Project, collecting oral stories in English and Spanish about the eastside of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Review Journal
February 23, 2022
A panel of local leaders, community activists and educators looked to the past and the future during a discussion Saturday about Las Vegas’ Historic Westside.
Boulder City Review
February 17, 2022
In honor of Black History Month and, as chair of the Boulder City Democratic Club, I was afforded the opportunity to invite Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center at the UNLV libraries, to participate in our monthly Zoom meeting.
The Nevada Independent
January 24, 2022
When Shanta Patton discusses the gap between Black and white homeownership rates, she starts with the game of Monopoly.

Articles Featuring Claytee D. White

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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.

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Campus News | March 7, 2022

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

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