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

Associated Press
October 18, 2021

Tom Hawley, a longtime traffic and news reporter in Las Vegas for KSNV-TV, has died after taking a leave due to pancreatic cancer, the station reported Friday. He was 60.

Las Vegas Sun
October 18, 2021

Tom Hawley, a longtime traffic and news reporter in Las Vegas for KSNV-TV, has died after taking a leave due to pancreatic cancer, the station reported Friday. He was 60.

Casino.Org
October 18, 2021

Veteran Las Vegas journalist Tom Hawley, whose “Video Vault” stories on KSNV-TV chronicled the city’s casino history and more, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

Nevada State News
October 18, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t affected only health and the economy. Its tentacles have touched some of the Silver State’s most beloved cultural landmarks.

KVIA
October 18, 2021

KSNV-TV in Las Vegas reported Friday that Tom Hawley, the station’s longtime traffic and news reporter, has died after taking a leave due to pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

Seattlepi
October 18, 2021

Tom Hawley, a longtime traffic and news reporter in Las Vegas for KSNV-TV, has died after taking a leave due to pancreatic cancer, the station reported Friday. He was 60.

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...