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Oral History Research Center at UNLV

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Because so much of what is known, or can be known, about Las Vegas still resides exclusively within the living memory of those still here, we must reach beyond  traditional historical records to capture this fragile and elusive history if we are to fully document the history of this area. Oral history is simply a way of documenting and presenting, in a very immediate and engaging way, a piece of history through the actual voices of those who were there; recording what historians have always relied upon in textual form: eye-witness accounts.

The UNLV Oral History Research Center (OHRC) conducts, collects and makes accessible for research audio and video interviews of members of the Las Vegas community, selected for their ability to provide reliable first-hand accounts of the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Individual oral history projects are designed to select and focus a series of interrelated histories that address a particular historical subject or theme.  The OHRC is located in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections Department where the interviews are available and are searchable online through the libraries’ catalog or the Special Collections search box (see below).

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