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Shapiro, S. R.
Coll #: 1016
Date: ca 1800 - 1960
Extent: 1 oversize box (1 linear foot)
Location: Roller Shelf 1:6:6
Collection contains a wide variety of gambling memorabilia and gaming instructions and pamphlets from casinos around the world: Venice, Monte Carlo, Curacao, Paris, Miami, Las Vegas, Panama, Mexico and Aruba. There is also a copy of a French natural history book entitled Memoires de la Societe DHistoire Naturelle de Paris dated either 1799 or 1807. Inside the book are attached ads and lottery announcements from English Newspapers dating from 1811 to 1816.

Silberstang, Edwin
Coll #: T110
Date: 1973
Extent: 1 record storage box (1 linear foot)
Location: 2:8:5
The Edwin Silberstang collection contains rough draft, carbon, and final copies of the book, "Playboy's Book of Games".

Smith, Benjamin Franklin
Coll #: 1013
Date: ca. 1960s
Extent: 1 folder
Location: 1:1:2
Collection consists of (photocopied typescript) the autobiography of professional gambler Benjamin Franklin Smith, ("Lady Luck and I") who gained fame after creating a system to beat the blackjack tables, and newsclippings about Smith from Las Vegas newspapers.

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.
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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

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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Taber, Julian
Coll #: 2011-12
Extent: 1 linear foot (1 record storage carton)
Location: A 1:5:1
Collection is comprised of original drafts of articles and letters to Gambler's Anonymous written by Julian Taber; correspondence regarding the status of the Brecksville Gambling Treatment Program during his tenure; and audio tapes/interviews. Retired clinical psychologist Julian Taber was a pioneer in the compulsive and problem gambling field.

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

Tobin, Phil
Coll #: Mss10
Date: 1974
Extent: 1 folder (containing 2 pages)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of correspondence between Phil M. Tobin and Susan J. Anderl [Jarvis] [former Special Collections Librarian], 1974 Apr. 30 and May 10, documenting loss of Tobin manuscripts relating to passage of the AB 98 which legalized gambling in Nevada in 1931.

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.

Vervilos , Aikaterine
Coll #: 2009-12
Date: 1962-2001 (inclusive)1986-1998 (bulk)
Extent: 7 doc boxes (2.94 linear feet)
Location: 12:11:3 - 12:11:4
Collection is comprised of gaming materials collected by Aikaterine Vervilos, an Arizona attorney for a UNR masters thesis, "Public policy and the new casino gaming markets." Collection contains books on gambling law and horseracing; reports, legal documents, and studies related to gaming, particularly horseracing and Indian gaming in the United States.

Watts, Frank
Coll #: 85-135
Date: 1966 - 1968
Extent: 1 over-size box
Location: Roller Shelf 1:8:1
Collection contains gambling memorabilia (decks of cards, tokens, matchbooks, ashtrays), a wanted poster about white slavery from 1913 and a ledger of salt shipments in Nevada. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Wexler, Arnie and Sheilia
Coll #: 2011-12
Extent: 5 linear feet (5 record storage cartons)
Location: A 1:5:1 - A 1:5:3
Collection is comprised of materials from Arnie & Shelia Wexler - problem gambling consultants and counselors. Contains documents, articles, videotapes, and audio tapes on various aspects of problem, compulsive and pathological gambling.

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.

Wuehle, Edwin
Coll #: 2006-28
Extent: 5 linear ft.
Location: 11:12:3 - 11:12:5
Materials from Edwin Wuehle, author of published works on poker and poker strategy.

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