Pool scene at Riviera Hotel and Casino

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

books related to Nevada plantlife
Arts and Culture | October 26, 2022

UNLV Special Collections exhibition showcases the work produced by activists, artists, and researchers dedicated to protecting the land and species that make Nevada unique.

detail of illustration on 1950s El Rancho menu
Campus News | July 11, 2022

“Menus, Theater, and the Marketplace” lecture scheduled July 14.

archival photo of man peering into water
Research | May 12, 2022

A bottomless hole, a tiny fish, and an ongoing preservation legacy that took a UNLV professor all the way to the Supreme Court and created one of North America's most important conservation sites.

group of 5 people
People | November 12, 2021

Explore the UNLV Libraries’ Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project 

A panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip in the early 1980s.
Campus News | July 21, 2021

Former Caesars executive Robert Paluzzi's panoramic photos, now a part of Special Collections, chronicle '70s and '80s Las Vegas and well beyond.

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.

Special Collections and Archives In The News

Nevada Magazine
November 29, 2022

The Las Vegas showgirl was beautiful, majestic, and larger than life. In full feathers and heels, a showgirl could measure 10 feet tall. She exuded poise and panache, and her revealing costume was bedecked in glimmering Parisian crystals and expensive fur. She was a city icon who helped Las Vegas become the Entertainment Capital of the World.The showgirl is a distant memory for most, but there is hope that she will one day return to the stage.

The Street
October 13, 2022

While one Strip resort is doubling down on families, more are going 21+ and the city has a message for parents.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 16, 2022

An exhibit celebrating more than 100 years of the electric sign company YESCO in Las Vegas will be on the move.

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.

Recent Special Collections and Archives Accomplishments

September 12, 2022
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 III,…
December 17, 2021
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…
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…