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

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
December 10, 2020
An Australia-based buyer has bought the land where the Las Vegas' first racially integrated hotel-casino used to sit.
Casino.Org
December 9, 2020
Las Vegas’ long-vacant Moulin Rouge gaming property may soon again be the site of a gambling venue. Before its demise, it was once the sole desegregated, upscale casino in Southern Nevada.
USA Online Casino
December 8, 2020
After years of dilapidation and neglect, the historic Moulin Rouge casino in Las Vegas has been sold to an Australian investor.
Las Vegas Review Journal
December 3, 2020
Tony Hsieh’s vision for downtown Las Vegas may have evolved over time, but it had always been ambitious.

Articles Featuring Claytee D. White

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.
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Campus News | October 9, 2020
Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.
A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus News | July 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.