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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Nevada Magazine
The Las Vegas showgirl was beautiful, majestic, and larger than life. In full feathers and heels, a showgirl could measure 10 feet tall. She exuded poise and panache, and her revealing costume was bedecked in glimmering Parisian crystals and expensive fur. She was a city icon who helped Las Vegas become the Entertainment Capital of the World.The showgirl is a distant memory for most, but there is hope that she will one day return to the stage.
Las Vegas Sun
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 Sun
The hate speech directed at Nevada first lady Kathy Sisolak happened a few months ago and she’s still hurt.
Daily Mail
The evolution of Las Vegas has been nothing short of spectacular.

Articles Featuring Su Kim Chung

Business and Community | October 28, 2014

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