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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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Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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Campus News |

University Libraries adds first-person accounts to the historical record of the Dec. 6 campus shooting. 

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Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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People |

The original 'It Girl' — and subject of Taylor Swift’s latest song — has strong ties to Southern Nevada. Discover more from the UNLV Special Collections & Archives.

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UNLV History |

The former student body president and longtime donor passes away, 60 years after UNLV's first commencement. 

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Business and Community |

The center's newest project will chronicle the extensive and rich history of sports in Las Vegas. 

Special Collections and Archives In The News

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio

It’s our first live episode of Milk Street Radio, recorded at The Beverly Theater in Las Vegas! In this special episode, Su Kim Chung shares Las Vegas’s most fascinating restaurants from history; “Top Chef” contestant and Black Sheep chef/owner Jamie Tran answers live cooking questions; and Neon Feast creator Al Mancini takes us on his ultimate food and drinking tour—complete with tiki rooms, hidden gems and one unforgettable dive bar that serve shots out of porcelain toilets.

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To many, he was known as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” to others, “The Hillbilly Cat,” “The Memphis Flash,” “Elvis the Pelvis,” or simply “The King.” In Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, Elvis Presley will always be remembered for the many years he spent performing to sold-out audiences from 1969 to 1977.

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As the Tropicana closed its doors, 67 years of history were left behind. It is history that will now be home to UNLV’s library. “History is important, right, it’s the way we tell our story based on these pieces of evidence and having the records from the Tropicana itself enables historians and scholars. members of the community to understand the impact the Tropicana had in Las Vegas,” Sarah Quigley the director of special collections and Archives said.


It has been over five months since a gunman opened fire at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, killing three professors. Now, the UNLV Oral History Research Center is launching a new project that hopes to "enhance the historical record around that day with first-hand accounts of the tragedy, campus and community response, and recovery efforts."

Las Vegas Weekly

Professional sports in Las Vegas couldn’t be a hotter topic than it is today. But while locals and fans celebrate recent championships and successful events and look to future expansion, it’s easy to overlook the significant history of sports in the Valley and how we got here.

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Las Vegas has long been known as the entertainment capital of the world, but most recently it’s also taken its place as a major market for major sporting events. “At one time we couldn’t even get a major team here, because of our gambling. We were the gambling Mecca of the world, and they were afraid of that combination, but now that doesn’t make any difference anymore,” says Claytee White, Director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center. The Center looking to hear the story of sports here in the Las Vegas Valley through the anecdotes of those who call it home.

Recent Special Collections and Archives Accomplishments

Darnelle O. Melvin (Libraries) presented two papers during the 2023 LD4 Conference on Linked Data this month. "Proactive strategies to improve underrepresentation in public knowledge graphs: A Wikidata sprint in UNLV Special Collections highlighting LGBTQ+ Las Vegas" highlights efforts by UNLV Special Collections & Archives to bring to…
Michael Don Fraser (Special Collections and Archives) recently published a book review in the Journal of Western Archives, Vol. 13 (2022). He reviewed Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts by Elizabeth Joffrion and Michèle V. Cloonan. In his review, he called this work a worthy update to the ongoing Archival Fundamentals Series…
Tammi Kim (Libraries) is the co-author of an article, "Learning from Las Vegas: Adapting Workflows for Managing Born-Digital Design Records," published in the fall/winter 2021 issue of The American Archivist, the semi-annual journal of the Society of American Archivists. The article discusses UNLV Special Collections and Archives' approach to…
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…
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…
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…