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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

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People | November 12, 2021

Explore the UNLV Libraries’ Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project 

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Arts and Culture | July 8, 2021

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

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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.

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Research | January 27, 2021

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

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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.

Special Collections and Archives In The News

Vintage Las Vegas
December 30, 2021

In late ‘79, Ceasars Palace coordinated a Frank Sinatra residency to celebrate the singer’s 40 years in show business with the newly remodeled resort.

Vintage Las Vegas
December 28, 2021

The original rooftop sign seen here was changed by the time of the second grand opening 3/3/47.

Vintage Las Vegas
December 28, 2021

On the grounds of Hotel Last Frontier, the Strip’s first theme resort, Bill Moore opened an actual theme park, a re-creation of old west town populated with artifacts from the collection of “Doby Doc” Caudill, souvenir shops, contemporary retail, casino, restaurant, and banquet hall.

The Nevada Independent
December 7, 2021

Carole Vilardo, the longtime head of the Nevada Taxpayers Association known for her incisive critiques of tax proposals and eye-catching hat collection, died in Las Vegas on Sunday. She was 80.

Vintage Las Vegas
December 2, 2021

Hughes’ Las Vegas businesses became Summa Corp. when he sold Hughes Tool Company in ‘72.

Vintage Las Vegas
November 16, 2021

Arizona Club, 221 N. 1st Street, one of Las Vegas’ first permanent buildings, was still standing years after the old red light district of Block 16 was closed.

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…