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Oral History Research Center News

Current Oral History Research Center News

Campus News | March 11, 2021

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

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Research | March 2, 2021

Four students have joined the UNLV Oral History Research Center to conduct interviews from the region’s Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.

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Campus News | October 26, 2020

'We Need to Talk' discussion series continues. Tune into the next episode Oct. 29.

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Campus News | October 9, 2020

Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

People | May 12, 2020

Journalism major soaks up the experiences offered behind the scenes at KUNV.

Oral History Research Center In The News

Vegas Inc
March 29, 2021

Cox Communications honored four Southern Nevadans during Black History Month. Honorees included Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno; 100 Black Men of America Las Vegas chapter founder and president Larry Mosley; director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries Claytee White and Cox Media consultant and chair of Cox’s Southwest Region Diversity & Inclusion Council Keith Wingate.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 1, 2021

For decades, the Historic Westside has felt the effects of disinvestment.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
February 23, 2021

The panel series, “We Need To Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas,” will stream the final episode on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 22, 2021

He designed affordable bungalows for first-time homeowners and luxurious mansions for Southern California’s elite, though as a Black man he wouldn’t have been allowed to live in some of the neighborhoods where those mansions were built.

KNPR News
February 18, 2021

Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries talked to KNPR's State of Nevada about some of the important landmarks for the city's Black community.

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February 16, 2021

Though Las Vegas has long been known as a hub for world-class entertainment, decadent dining, and glamorous gambling, these pleasures haven’t always been afforded to all, and for many years the Black community was excluded from participating in these past times. Determined to circumvent these race-based limitations, they transformed Jackson Avenue on the Westside of Las Vegas into what became known as the "Black Strip.”

Oral History Research Center Experts

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

Recent Oral History Research Center Accomplishments

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...
September 18, 2020
Claytee White (UNLV Oral History Research Center) facilitated a panel discussion as part of an event series titled "We Need to Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas." The panelists were A.B. Wilkinson (History), Kevin Wright (Student Diversity & Social Justice), and Brenda Williams of the Westside School Alumni...
August 7, 2020
Korey Tillman (Sociology), Claytee White (Oral History Research Center), and alum Leslie Turner were featured on the KNPR story, "You Can't Live There: A Long Struggle For Black Rights In Las Vegas." This story covered the history of race and racism in Las Vegas and its implications for today's Black liberation struggle. 
January 17, 2020
Iesha Jackson (Teaching & Learning), Doris L. Watson, Tara Plachowski (both Educational Psychology & Higher Education), Marcia Gallo (History), and Claytee White (Oral History Research Center) have been awarded a research grant from the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity for a study titled, Digging Deep and Branching Out: Using Oral ...
October 31, 2019
Monserrath Hernández, Elsa Lopez, Nathalie Martinez, Rodrigo Vazquez, and Barbara Tabach (all Libraries) presented a roundtable, "Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada: Birth of an Oral History Project," at the 53rd annual Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada is the latest oral history project from...
September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the...