Su Kim Chung

Head of Special Collections Public Services, University Libraries
Expertise: Las Vegas and Southern Nevada History, Las Vegas Entertainment, Preservation and Archiving, Showgirls


Su Kim Chung has been immersed in the history of Las Vegas since she began work in the UNLV Libraries' Special Collections Division in 1999. 

As head of public services, she is in charge of reference, outreach, and instruction for archival collections and photographs about Las Vegas and southern Nevada history. Chung also serves as curator of the UNLV Libraries' entertainment collections, where she works on documenting the history of the showgirls and the Las Vegas production show. As part of this work, she has conducted oral history interviews of former dancers and showgirls and moderated community panel presentations on the history of the Las Vegas showgirl and production shows.

Chung is the author of the popular photo book Las Vegas Then and Now, now in its third edition, and also writes a monthly photo history column for


  • Ph.D., Information Studies, UCLA
  • MLIS, Archives and Preservation, UCLA
  • M.A., History, California State University, Fresno
  • B.A., History, California State University, Fresno

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Su Kim Chung In The News

May 5, 2021
The evolution of Las Vegas has been nothing short of spectacular.
June 27, 2018
When the remains of 13 Chinese residents were unearthed in Carlin and sent off for archaeological study, no one realized it would be more than 20 years before they were seen again.
September 26, 2017
Imagine Fremont Street free of profane language. Or a downtown Las Vegas landscape where cattle, horses, burros, sheep and goats run free.
September 7, 2017
According to its website, the Clark County School District currently has more than 320,000 students enrolled in grades K-12 and is the fifth largest school district in the nation. Such numbers would have been unbelievable to the small group of pioneers who settled in Southern Nevada back in the early 20th century and sent their children to the first schools in Las Vegas. A look at historical photographs of these early buildings highlights the sparseness of the desert landscape, as well as the hope and optimism of students who attended school in these dusty and somewhat primitive surroundings.

Articles Featuring Su Kim Chung

Business and Community | October 28, 2014
We're celebrating the state's sesquicentennial with some fun facts and insightful observations from UNLV professors.