Su Kim Chung

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


Su Kim Chung received a MLIS from UCLA with a specialization in archives and preservation in 1998. She 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. Su Kim 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. In 2015, Su Kim received her doctorate in information studies from UCLA. She 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 in Information Studies, UCLA
  • M.A., History, California State University, Fresno
  • B.A., History, California State University, Fresno

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Elko Daily
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 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.
August 9, 2017
With National Dog Day on the calendar later this month (August 26), it seems the perfect time to look at some of the pooches who provided love and companionship to early Las Vegas residents. Historical photographs from UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives show that dogs of all sizes and breeds were family pets, even if the lack of air conditioning made it difficult to escape from the scorching summer temps.
June 6, 2017
For most Vegas visitors, taking a dip in a resort-style swimming pool Downtown might involve renting a cabana at the Golden Nugget pool or lounging by the rooftop pool of the Downtown Grand. A century ago, however, things were a little different. Back then, local residents (and likely a few tourists) might cool off in the concrete “plunge,” which was part of the Vegas Park Resort at the old Las Vegas ranch.