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

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.

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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

A look down an empty Fremont Street.
Business and Community | March 26, 2020

A photographic look of Las Vegas during the coronavirus shut down from UNLV Special Collections.

View of empty Vegas Strip walkway with sign that says: Times are tough, but so are we.
Business and Community | March 20, 2020

A photographic look at the now-empty spaces along the city's iconic boulevard.

A man and woman embrace at the Latinx/UNLV meeting.
Business and Community | July 17, 2019

Students conducting interviews say the project allows them to reconnect to their heritage.

Special Collections and Archives In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
July 24, 2020

In the early 1900s, Las Vegas looks nearly unrecognizable from what it looks like today: a town of just over 2,000 people, a few shops, a post office.

Washington Post
June 29, 2020

On Oct. 9, 1986, at the height of anti-gay hysteria during the AIDS crisis, a biracial gay couple from Reno, Nev., made a remarkable announcement: They were going to create what some called “a gay homeland” in the Nevada desert.

Nevada Today
June 10, 2020

As Northern Nevada cities grow, a loss of affordable housing is not the only impact the region faces. The area is losing its neon signs.

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 1, 2020

A new chapter. A new beginning.

Yahoo!
April 22, 2020

A Las Vegas university is making people smile after staging a photo shoot with a figure well-known to students and alumni at one of its empty libraries on campus.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 22, 2020

While the UNLV campus is closed because of coronavirus concerns, nobody is using the Lied Library — save for one dutiful skeleton.

Recent Special Collections and Archives Accomplishments

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...