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Meehan, Louise
Coll #: 89-93
Date: ca, 1980s
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 4:11:1
Collection consists of Las Vegas casino promotional itemsashtrays, wine glasses and photos.

Meiklejohn, Patrick
Coll #: 94-41
Date: ca. 1980s-1990s
Extent: 3 record storage boxes
Location: 4:5:2 - 4:5:3
Collection consists of 100+ decks of casino playing cards and miscellaneous casino memorabilia of undetermined amount and cost.

MGM Grand
Coll #: T175
Date: ca. 1982
Extent: 1 doc box and oversize(?)
Location: 2:3:5
Collection is comprised of litigation documentation stemming from the November 1980 MGM Grand Hotel fire that killed 85 people. Included in the documentation are testimonies regarding construction materials and processes, testimonies regarding the electrical system and the ways in which fire and smoke spread and an index of eyewitness accounts. There is also included in this collection a transcript from a Nova special Why America Burns and a copy of the 1970 Building Code.

MGM Mirage - Diversity Offices
Coll #: 2008-26
Date: 1990s-2000s
Extent: 7 record storage cartons (7 linear feet)
Location: back stacks - see Su Kim
Collection is comprised of additional materials from MGM Mirage offices -- Diversity Offices.

MGM Mirage Corporate Archives
Coll #: 2002-11
Extent: 3 oversize boxes, 6 record storage cartons
Location: A: 3.10.2 - 3.10.6
Collection consists of photographs and ephemera from MGM properties including the Bellagio, Mirage, and Golden Nugget. This is will be part of an ongoing donation from MGM Mirage Corporate Offices and includes previous accessions.

MGM Mirage Corporate Archives - Accretion
Coll #: 2009-26
Date: 2009
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 11:4:2
Additional materials from MGM Mirage for their corporate archives collection - promotional materials from the City Center development at its December 2009 opening. Consists of promotional materials, brochures, publicity packets, and catalogs from the various properties such as Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. Also contains material on the public art installation at City Center.

MGM Mirage Corporation
Coll #: 2002-11
Date: 1990-2005
Extent: 15.07 linear feet, 31 boxes.
The collection encompasses news clippings, correspondence, marketing and events, photographs and a variety of audio-visual materials from 1990-2005. There are advertising, contracts, and corporate officer's bios as well as conference materials and an impact study done by the American Gaming Association. Diversity efforts of the corporation are also documented.

Minsky, Harold - Minsky's Burlesque
Coll #: 87-97
Date: 1922 - 1978
Extent: 24 doc boxes, 2 slim doc boxes, and 1 record storage box
Location: 3:8:6 - 3:9:4
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of noted burlesque producer, Harold Minsky. Minsky was noted for creating the "family burlesque" style and for introducing the topless showgirl to Las Vegas at the Dunes Hotel in 1957. His collection includes scripts, publicity, photographs, financial records, payroll records, sheet music, news clippings, contracts, and correspondence.
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Monte Carlo Club
Coll #: T72
Date: 1944
Extent: 1 box
Location: 1:12:3
Collection consists of select records from the Monte Carlo Club, a Fremont Street casino which opened in 1944 with the tagline "Home of More Jackpots." The collection contains blank checks and stationary from the Monte Carlo Club, and a binder with articles of incorporation, bylaws, and a ledger listing the names, addresses and number of shares owned by individual stockholders. Listed as the incorporators were Wilbur Clark, Art Ham and Ryland Taylor.

Moore, Bill
Coll #: 2012-20
Date: 1960s-2000s
Extent: 8 record storage cartons,3 3-D set design panoramas, 3 oversize portfolios of costume designs, numerous rolled posters, set and costume designs, 9 cartons of music tapes,
Location: A 1:9:4 - A1:9:7 and A1:10:4 - A1:10:7 and A 1.4.4 IS
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Las Vegas show producer Bill Moore and includes costume designs, programs, photographs, sheet music, production notes, correspondence, set designs, music tapes and more of his many production shows (co-produced with partner George Arnold) which included City Lites (Flamingo), Nudes on Ice (Plaza Hotel) and Spice on Ice (Hacienda) among others. Many of the costume and set designs were done by long-time collaborator and designer, Lloyd Lampert of Hollywood.

Moore, William J .
Coll #: T174
Date: 1925 - 1974
Extent: 7 doc boxes
Location: 2:3:5
The William J. Moore collection consists of a number of mining publications (Uof NV Bulletins on Geology and Mining, photographs of mine locations, mine production reports, sales contracts of various ores), maps (quadrangles with marked mine locations), claims, and correspondence re: the casino construction. It also includes original plans for the Last Frontier. Scrapbooks from the Frontier Hotel are in the oversize section of Special Collections and not included in the inventory for this collection. There is also information on estimates and analysis for a 500 room Las Vegas resort hotel. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Morelli, Antonio
Coll #: 2009-17
Date: 1920s-1970s
Extent: 2.09 linear feet (5 document boxes)
Location: 3:11:2 - 3:11:3
The collection is comprised of photographs that chronicle the professional and private life of longtime Sands Hotel orchestra conductor, Antonio Morelli, and his wife Helen. There are three scrapbooks spanning the years 1920 through the 1970s and one box of sound recording tapes. Also included is a box of slides from Thailand and snapshots from his early life in Pennsylvania dating back to 1910. The collection also documents Morellis efforts to provide classical music concerts for the Las Vegas community and his involvement with the Guardian Angel Church on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Nevada Biltmore Hotel
Coll #: 2003-28
Date: 1942-1986
Location: 10:5:6
Collection consists of a scrapbook on the Nevada Biltmore Hotel, located in downtown Las Vegas. The scrapbook contains photographs of the hotel, hotel stationary, a menu and news clippings announcing who will be staying at the Biltmore and who will be appearing and performing. There are also news clippings about city leaders.

New York New York Hotel/ Casino -- 9/11 Heroes Tribute Display Collection
Coll #: 2002-28
Date: 2001-2002
Location: 10:12:3
Collection consists of materials documenting the Heroes of 9-11 display to be installed at the New York New York Hotel/Casino in December 2002. Includes press kit, presentation booklet, videotapes, and news clippings.

New York New York Hotel/Casino 9/11 T-Shirt Collection
Coll #: 2002-30
Date: 2001-2002
Location: LASR
Collection consists of tee shirts (t-shirts) and other artifacts which were left at the Statue of Liberty replica located at the New York New York Hotel/Casino in memory of the firefighters and law enforcement personnel who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE NOTE: THIS COLLECTION IS STORED IN LIED LIBRARYS LASR SYSTEM, PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO OBTAIN BOXES.

Rawls, Ellen Burke
Coll #: 2002-19
Date: 1980s-1990s
Extent: 1 record storage box (1 linear foot)
Location: 9:11:3
Collection consists of newspaper columns on Atlantic City entertainment by Atlantic City journalist Ellen Burke Rawls. Other materials include correspondence and columns on various aspects of Atlantic City and New Jersey life.

Rissman, Homer
Coll #: 2002-20
Date: 1957-2000
Extent: 18 boxes (1 slim document box, 17 document boxes) numerous oversize drawings/31 additional boxes from 2008 accretion
Location: 9:11:4 - 9:11:6
Collection is comprised of the drawings and architectural renderings of noted Las Vegas architect Homer Rissman. Some of Rissman's most notable projects include the Flamingo Towers, Sands Expo Center, Circus Circus (the original), and the additions to the original International (later Las Vegas Hilton). And accretion from 2008 includes an additional 31 boxes of photographs, drawings,and brochures on Rissman-designed buildings in California and Nevada. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Sands Hotel
Coll #: 2000-12
Date: 1952 - 1979
Extent: x
Location: 8:12:6 - 8:9:3 Roller Shelf 2.2.5 and 2.2.6
The Sands Collection is comprised of the publicity files of Al Freeman, Publicity Director of the Sands Hotel for many years. Materials in the collection include business documents, correspondence, press releases, news clippings and advertisements etc. but the bulk of the collection is comprised of photographs. The collection is particularly rich in photographs of celebrities and entertainers, the Rat Pack being the most prominent among these. There is also a significant amount of material on the Copa Girls. INVENTORY AVAILABLE
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Sarno, Jay
Coll #: 2009-03
Date: 1965-2001 (bulk 1966-1973)
Extent: 1.76 linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)
Location: 13:8:6
This collection is comprised primarily of publicity and promotional materials documenting the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Resort and the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino Resort. Both resorts were the brainchild of hotel and casino developer Jay Sarno, and there is a small amount of material on Sarno in the collection such as newspaper clippings and a press release. The collection includes property ephemera, magazine and newspaper clippings, informational brochures from the two properties and press kits. There is a small amount of correspondence but none that was actually composed by Sarno. It also includes a rare prospectus and stock offerings on Sarno�s never-realized Grandissimo Hotel and Casino resort that was to have been built on Interstate 15 to the west of the Las Vegas Strip. FINDING AID AVAILABLE
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Schwartz, Howard Collection on Gaming
Coll #: MS-00104
Date: 1853, 1968-2007
Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet (1 box)
The Howard Schwartz Collection on Gaming documents the gaming industry in the United States from 1853, 1968-2007. The collection includes manuscripts, periodicals, newspaper articles, ephemera, profit and probability profiles and a report from the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.
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Schwartz, Sonny
Coll #: 2001-14
Date: 1970s-1990s
Extent: 14 document boxes, 1 record storage box (7.09 linear feet)
Location: 9:4:1 - 9:4:3
Collection consists of audio cassette tapes from the radio show of Sonny Schwartz, Atlantic City journalist and radio host. Other material in the collection includes news clippings, video tapes, correspondence, radio program guest schedules, and newspaper columns written by Schwartz. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Shaw, James C.
Coll #: 86-055
Date: 1986
Extent: 1 slim document box (.21 linear feet)
Location: 3:2:6
Menus and sales packages from various hotels in the U.S. and Canada.

Silver Slipper Scrapbook
Coll #: Roller Shelf
Date: 1974-1976
Extent: 1 oversize box (1.67 linear feet)
Location: Roller Shelf 1:5:1
Collection consists of 1 scrapbook containing advertisements announcing upcoming performers and performance reviews at the Silver Slipper Casino.

Spilde, Katherine Tribal Gaming Research Files
Coll #: MS-00092
Date: 1908, 1974-2012, (bulk 1991-2011)
Extent: 41.1 linear feet (41 boxes)
Location: A 2:2:5 - 2:5:4
The collection comprises research files of Katherine Spilde, focusing on resources that informed her work with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), National Gaming Impact Study Commission (NGISC), and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. The material dates from 1908 and 1970 to 2013, and includes social and economic impact studies; compacts between states and tribal governments; copies of court judgments and Senate/House bills; articles and clippings regarding tribal gaming, responsible gaming, and other gaming-related topics; tribal newsletters; and various gaming publications and promotional material.
Link to Collection Guide

Stardust Hotel and Casino
Coll #: 2006-17
Date: 1958-2006 (bulk 1988-2006)
Extent: 312 boxes (219 linear ft)
Location: LASR
Collection is comprised of public relations and marketing materials from the Stardust Hotel and Casino. It includes documents, photographs, video, artifacts, ephemera, internal and external publications. There is material from the following departments or events: food and beverage, slot club, sports, special events, tournaments, and drawings. In addition, there is extensive documentation on the hotel's entertainment efforts such as Lido de Paris, Enter the Night, Wayne Newton and others. Historical files on the Stardust Hotel and general information on Boyd Gaming are also included in the collection. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Stardust Hotel/Casino Convention Information Cards
Coll #: 2003-03
Date: ca. 1960s
Extent: 2 record storage boxes (2 linear feet)
Location: 10:7:1 - 10:7:2
Collection contains the contact information and convention plans (for the Stardust Hotel) for thousands of companies from around the United States on index cards, indexed by geographic location.

Stern, Martin
Coll #: 96-23
Date: 1950s-1990s
Location: Map Drawers
Collection consists of the drawings and architectural renderings of noted architect, Martin Stern, famous for his work on the Googie-style Ship's coffee shops in Los Angeles, and for his work on various Las Vegas hotel/casino projects such as the Sands Tower, the International (now Hilton) Hotel and the MGM Grand (now Ballys). Includes both drawings and specifications. SEE STAFF FOR INVENTORY
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Stevens, Maury
Coll #: 86-066
Date: 1953 - 1981
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 3:3:4
The collection of Maury Stevens, a Las Vegas advertising executive who worked at a number of Strip hotels and edited Las Vegas Life and Now Magazine. The collection contains a variety of programs, brochures, photos, magazines and news clippings pertaining to hotels, performers and special events in Las Vegas. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Stocker, Harold & Mayme
Coll #: T63
Date: 1860 - 1982
Extent: 11 boxes; 6 linear ft.
Location: 1:12:1 - 1:12:2 Roller Shelf 1.7.3
The collection of Oscar and Mayme Stocker and their sons Lester, Clarence, and Harold. The Stockers settled in Las Vegas in 1911 where Mayme was the first person to receive a gaming license in 1931 when she opened the Northern Club. Collection consists of news clippings, correspondence, and bank statements. The business and legal series consists mainly of Harold's papers from 1930-1977, and includes deeds, leases, business agreements, and Chief Hotel Court statements and room accounts. There is also material dealing with family history and their interests and activities, and political documents which cover Harold Stocker's Republican Party activities from 1939-1976, including party publications, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and bank statements.
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Sulich, Vassili
Coll #: 2003-11
Date: 1950s-1990s
Location: 11:6:1 - 11:6:3, RS 2:7:2 - 2:7:3
Collection consists of the personal papers and photographs of Croatian-born choreographer, Vassili Sulich, founder of the Nevada Dance Theatre, the first professional ballet company in Nevada. Includes materials from his time as a professional ballet dancer in Europe, and as dancer at the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Collection is comprised of photographs, news clippings, correspondence, programs, posters, scrapbooks, and various ephemera.

Taylor, Richard B.
Coll #: 94-30
Date: 1958-1995
Extent: 3.34 linear feet (7 document boxes and 2 slim document boxes)
Location: 3:2:3- 3:2:5
Collection contains the papers of Richard Taylor, former manager of the Hacienda Hotel. Includes news clippings, promotional materials, financial reports, correspondence and memos from the Hacienda; news clippings, advertisements, maps, real estate reports and correspondence regarding Mount Charleston and its development and history including Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon; news clippings related to the town of Laughlin, Nevada and its history in the late 1980s and early 1990s. There are also clippings on Laughlin developments such as the El Miraco and Silverado.
Link to Collection Guide

Terry, Norm
Extent: 1 slim document box (.21 linear feet)
Location: 11:6:1
Collection is comprised of matchbook covers collected by Norm Terry from the 1970s-1990s. Many from Las Vegas-based restaurants and hotels.

Thompson, William
Coll #: 87-063
Date: 1987
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: 3:6:5
Collection consists of foreign casino publicity and promotional materials such as matches, menus, coasters, key chains and a variety of other memorabilia from international casinos. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Thunderbird Hotel Entertainment Department
Coll #: MS-00180
Date: 1964-1973
Extent: 3.6 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Location: 2:10:1 - 2:10:3
The Thunderbird Hotel Records comprise material that documents the work of the Las Vegas, Nevada hotel's entertainment department from 1964 to 1973. The records consist of photographs, memos, newspaper clippings, and publicity materials.
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Trump Taj Mahal Press Clippings
Coll #: 2001-10
Extent: 5 document boxes
Location: 9:1:6
Collection contains the press clippings from numerous papers regarding the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Vinas, Jose Luis
Coll #: 2003-10
Date: 1960-1988
Extent: 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder, 1 document box
Location: ROLLER SHELF 2.4.1, Oversize Manuscript Drawer, and 10:8:5
Collection consists of the costume designs, news clippings, and photographs of noted Las Vegas costume designer, Jose Luis Vinas, who designed for producer Frederic Apcar in shows such as Vive Les Girls and Casino de Paris. Includes original costume designs done for Vive Les Girls, Casino de Paris and Siegfried and Roy.

Willard, Bill
Coll #: MS 2001-17
Date: 1887-1999 (inclusive)
Extent: 52 document boxes (28.48 linear feet)
Location: 9:4:4 - 9:5:6
This collection is comprised of the personal papers of noted Las Vegas entertainment writer, producer, and critic Bill Willard. It is a comprehensive collection that contains material on his fathers theater and political involvements as well as Willard's early childhood and high school years. His time in the Army is chronicled by editorials and correspondence he wrote. From his arrival in Las Vegas in 1949, this collection traces his continued involvement in all facets of writing, entertainment, and art, culminating in his final contribution of directing the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center. The collection includes pictures of his artwork, writings he did for various newspapers and magazines, scripts, skits, jokes, awards, over 700 interviews done for the Rap with the Artist series, plus personal memorabilia. COLLECTION FORMS PART OF ARNOLD SHAW ARCHIVES.
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Williams, Claudine
Coll #: 2009-19
Date: ca. 1960s-2000s
Extent: approx. 40 linear feet
Location: consult Manuscripts Librarian - Annex Area
Collection is comprised of mateirals documenting the life of noted Las Vegas gaming pioneer and philanthropist, Claudine Williams. Williams and her husband Shelby bought the Silver Slipper Casino in the in 1960s, selling it to Howard Hughes in 1969. They used the profits to build the Holiday Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and when her husband died in 1977, Williams became the first woman casino president and general manager in Nevada history. The company was later purchased by Harrah's and for many years Williams served as chairwoman of Harrah's Las Vegas. She was the first woman inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame. The collection is comprised of photographs, clippings, documents, programs, artwork, awards, plaques, trophies and other artifacts related to her career in gaming and philanthropy in Las Vegas. Note: Collection is partially processed, please consult Manuscripts Librarian for access.

Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO)
Coll #: 98-12
Date: 1920-1995
Extent: 33 document boxes
Location: 7:9:2 - 7:10:2 Roller Shelf 2.2.4
Collection documents the history of the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) and is comprised of numerous visual materials such as photographs, negatives, slides, transparencies and videotapes. Also contains correspondence, price books, drawings, calculations, newspaper and trade magazine articles on YESCO, and oral history interviews and audio recordings of YESCO designers and executives. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE

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