Pool scene at Riviera Hotel and Casino
Swimming pool scene at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, ca. 1955 (Union Pacific Railroad Photo Collection/UNLV Libraries Special Collections)

Special Collections and Archives News

The UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives supports researchers worldwide in the interdisciplinary study of Las Vegas, Southern Nevada, and gaming.

Current Special Collections and Archives News

drawing of showgirl costume
Arts and Culture | July 8, 2021

UNLV Special Collections' archive of Las Vegas entertainment materials tell the story of this unique form of entertainment.

Artist Mike Smith standing next to file cabinets filled with his art
Business and Community | March 10, 2021

More than 13,000 illustrations from noted Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoon artist Mike Smith will be preserved, archived, and made available for research.

view of LDS temple and Las Vegas cityscape
Research | January 27, 2021

BYU professor presents Eadington lecture on the research he uncovered at UNLV Libraries.

UNLV History | April 22, 2020

UNLV Rebels raised awareness for environmental issues with a teach-in 50 years ago. Today, there are still lessons from the movement.

advertisements for classic movie
Campus News | April 9, 2020

The records span nearly a half century and focus on the billionaire's movie enterprises beginning in the late 1920s.

Darnelle Melvin in front of displays of metadata.
People | April 6, 2020

Metadata librarian Darnelle Melvin says the coolest thing he has found in UNLV Libraries' collections is a hand-sketched map of the original Las Vegas city land plots

Special Collections and Archives In The News

Vintage Las Vegas
July 27, 2021

At the time of this photo the new terminal had opened (off frame to the upper left) and the entrance to the airport re-routed to Paradise Rd. The original terminal seen here would soon be demolished.

The Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2021

The satellite of the L.A. nightspot finds inspiration in clubs of yesteryear like the Cocoanut Grove.

June 16, 2021

When the straw-marquetry radial doors swing open and guests glide down the dramatic split Streamline Moderne staircases, showgirls hit the luminescent stage and the band strikes its first chord — the two-years-in-the-making Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas will finally debut.

Las Vegas Black Image
June 16, 2021

An old African proverb states that “When an elder dies, a library burns to the ground.”

Las Vegas Sun
June 1, 2021

Just days before her death last month, Elizabeth von Till Warren received, perhaps, the gift of a lifetime at her 87th birthday celebration.

Daily Mail
May 5, 2021

The evolution of Las Vegas has been nothing short of spectacular.

Recent Special Collections and Archives Accomplishments

February 26, 2021
Claytee White (Libraries) was honored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman with the designation of Feb. 24, 2021, as Claytee White Day in the city of Las Vegas. White is the director of the Oral History Research Center in the University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, is a member of the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, and is...
May 8, 2020
Lauren Paljusaj (English), along with Anne Savage and Susanna Newbury (both Art) wrote an essay that was published in Nevada Humanities' inaugural Double Down post on distance — part of its COVID-response series on human connection. The essay considers how to interpret photographs as meaningful points of time-lapsed contact. Using UNLV Special...
May 5, 2020
Lauren Paljusaj (English) and Anne Savage (Art) have been jointly awarded the University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert prize for "Intimate Nevada," their research in photography in the UNLV Special Collections. This research reflected on concepts of the vernacular and the everyday in Southern Nevada. Mentors in Special Collections on this...
May 5, 2020
Cyndi Shein, Sarah Jones, Tammi Kim and Karla Irwin (all Special Collections and Archives) recently published a paper in the Journal of Western Archives. "Balancing the Art and Science of Archival Processing Metrics and Assessment" demonstrates how metrics are used to support value propositions, project proposals, project management, and strategic...