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Oral History Research Center News

Current Oral History Research Center News

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People | October 23, 2023

The Oral History Research Center and its inaugural director, Claytee White, celebrate 20 years.

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Campus News | April 21, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 17, 2023

A roundup of news stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made headlines locally, nationally, and globally.

Moulin Rouge meeting for integration in Las Vegas.
People | February 1, 2023

UNLV director of oral history Claytee White shares Nevada’s diverse history, telling us why ‘Nevada Means Home’ for so many.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created U.N.L.V.'s iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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Business and Community | March 25, 2022

Latest episode in series presented by UNLV Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will examine the hub of Las Vegas’ diverse Latinx communities and its significance in Nevada’s historical timeline.

Oral History Research Center In The News

The Island Packet
November 9, 2023

As Lucille Bryant told a University of Nevada Las Vegas oral historian, once she moved to Las Vegas in 1953 and got a job at the Algiers Hotel.

Las Vegas Black Image Magazine
October 24, 2023

What are the current plans for businesses in the Westside Business core? During the years from the early 1940s through the 1970s, businesses on the Westside were vibrant and successful. There were restaurants, nightclubs with gaming, a bowling alley, taxicab company, malt shop, beauty shops, and barbershops.

Nevada Independent
September 28, 2023

A pair of top executive branch officials left Nevada earlier this week, potentially leaving no formal acting governor as required by state law.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 28, 2023

Claytee White, historian and director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, mentioned the Historic Westside’s resiliency and long-lasting legacy.

Vegas Business Digest
September 27, 2023

$1.3 million in federal funding to support the redevelopment of Jackson Avenue in the Historic Westside

August 24, 2023

For more than 200 years, American industries, even universities, used slaves. Over that time, some 300,000 slaves who could be bought, sold, deeded and gifted, were forced into labor. And it wasn’t that long ago, ending in the late 1800s.

Oral History Research Center Experts

An oral historian and author on preserving family memories.
Claytee D. White is an oral historian whose many projects include the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.

Recent Oral History Research Center Accomplishments

June 8, 2022
Claytee D. White (Oral History Research Center) is joining community icons Audry Batiste, Richard Bryan, Rob Dondero, Michael Green, Peter Guzman, John Mowbray, Ted Quirk, Bob Stoldal, and many others on the Board of Directors of The Mob Museum, National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement. This honor allows her deeper engagement with…
May 25, 2022
Claytee White (Oral History Research Center) was honored with the distinguished Pioneer Award on May 22 by the Las Vegas chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW). She received the honor at the 16th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards luncheon at the MGM Grand. The nonprofit NCBW is a volunteer organization for African American women…
May 19, 2022
Iesha Jackson (Teaching and Learning), Doris L. Watson (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Claytee D. White (Oral History Research Center), and Marcie Gallo (History) published the article, "Research as (Re)vision: Laying Claim to Oral History as a Just-us Research Methodology," in the special issue of the International Journal of…
April 6, 2022
Barbara Tabach (Oral History Research Center) received the Mink Award at the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) annual conference. The Mink Award is SOHA's highest honor and recognized Tabach's nearly 15 years of preserving local history through oral history interviews.   
July 9, 2021
Michael Green, Andy Kirk, Willy Bauer, Michelle Turk (all History), Claytee White (Libraries), and Karen Harry (Anthropology) presented at the NEH Summer Institute, "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," which brought 25 K-12 teachers from around the country to Southern Nevada for a two-week program of content, pedagogy, and tours.
October 27, 2020
Iesha Jackson (Teaching and Learning), Doris L. Watson (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Marcie Gallo (History), and Claytee White (Oral History Center) gave their second of two peer review presentations on their collaborative project, Digging Deep and Branching Out: Using Oral History and Collaborative Inquiry to Explore Candidate…