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 Review Journal
November 21, 2019
When Roosevelt Toston took his first broadcasting class, he was told he “didn’t have the right stuff.” Years later, he became familiar to Las Vegas Valley viewers as the region’s first black anchor on television.
Boise State Public Radio
October 22, 2019
The Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. But many of their stories are left out of the historical record.
KUER 90.1
October 18, 2019
The Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. But many of their stories are left out of the historical record.
KUNC
October 17, 2019
The Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. But many of their stories are left out of the historical record.

Articles Featuring Claytee D. White

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.
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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.
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Business and CommunityJuly 1, 2016
Through UNLV's Downtown Design Center, architecture students learn vital lessons in collaboration during neighborhood redevelopment.