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Reiter, Mary Jane Griffith
Coll #: 86-031
Date: 1927-1958
Extent: 1 slim document box (.21 linear feet)
Location: 3:2:6
Collection contains the personal records of Mary Jane Reiter, the daughter of Las Vegas pioneer Robert Griffith. Included in this collection is a record of her propertiesrent, utilities etc. and the accounts receivable for 1927-1944, a copy of a Petition for Probate of Will which is a list and disposition of properties, the Colorado River Commission monthly financial report, and a bibliography of Nevada History and its relation to the Westward Movement.

Republican Women of Las Vegas
Coll #: 96-12
Date: 1979-1993
Extent: 3 record storage boxes (3 linear feet)
Location: 5:5:4 - 5:5:5
Collection contains the scrapbooks of the Republican Women of Las Vegas and news clippings advertising future meetings and topics of discussion (MX Missile, sexual assault), copies of The Republican Woman magazine, and certificates for community service. The scrapbooks hold the photographs and minutes from conventions and meetings.

Rickman, Carmella
Coll #: 2008-08
Date: 1950s-1970s
Extent: 3 record storage cartons, 1 oversize box, large poster and cutout figure. (5.09 linear feet)
Location: 12:4:4-12:4:5
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Carmella Rickman aka Carmella, the Sophia Loren of Burlesque. Comprised of photographs, promotional ephemera (cards, table tents, etc), magazines featuring Carmella, newspaper clippings featuring her performances, costume ca. 1975, large poster, and lifesize cutout.

Rockwell, Earl
Coll #: MS-00145
Date: 1852-1978
Extent: 0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: 1:11:5
The Earl Rockwell Papers (1852-1978) consists of clippings, diaries, books, correspondence, and ephemera related to Las Vegas, Nevada pioneer Earl Rockwell. The collection documents Rockwell's life in Las Vegas and Elmira, New York and also contains seven nineteenth century diaries that belonged to Rockwell's grandmother, Amanda Brees.
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Rodgers, Kerin Scianna
Coll #: 97-08
Date: 1973 - 1986
Extent: 1 record storage carton (1 linear foot)
Location: 6:6:1
Collection is comprised of news clippings, campaign materials, correspondence and photographs pertaining to Rodgers work with the Democratic party and her political activities in Southern Nevada and Las Vegas. Rodgers also owned the Gipsy, a Las Vegas gay dance bar located on Paradise Road near Naples Ave.

Ronzone Family Papers
Coll #: 2005-27
Date: 1900-1991
Extent: 1 record storage box, 1 slim document box (1.21 linear feet)
Location: 11:2:2
Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs documenting the life of the Richard "Dick" Ronzone, County Commissioner, and former owner of Ronzone's Department Stores in Las Vegas. Some campaign materials are included. Also includes information on his mother, Bertha Ronzone (founder of Ronzone's Department Store) , and his wife, Anne Ronzone.
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Sagel, Lois
Coll #: 2010-10
Date: 1991-1995
Extent: .42 linear feet (2 slim document boxes)
Location: 13:8:5
This collection consists of the papers of Lois Sagel, an environmentalist and advocate for the preservation of Nevadas wilderness. The collection primarily documents the campaigns surrounding the efforts to expand Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (1994) as well as to designate the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (1993). Additionally, information on minor land exchanges and the Question 5/S.B. 189 bond issue to fund state parks (considered in 1989 and 1990). Though the bulk of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings, some correspondence, memoranda, photographs, and slides are also included. Also included is a photo album containing photographs from the dedication ceremony of the Mount Charleston Wilderness.
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Service League [Las Vegas]
Coll #: Roller Shelf
Date: 1948-1970
Extent: 4 oversize boxes, 4 double oversize boxes (6.68 linear feet)
Location: Roller Shelf 1:4:1 - 1:4:3
Collection consists of the Las Vegas Service League scrapbooks containing newspaper articles about the members, various charitable acts performed by the league and league gatherings. (see also Junior League of Las Vegas collection 97-12 and the Junior Service League of Las Vegas on the roller shelf)

Shade Tree Shelter
Coll #: 96-006
Date: 1990 - 1994
Extent: 3 record storage boxes ( 3.75 linear feet)
Location: 5:3:1 - 5:3:2
The Shade Tree is a Las Vegas-based homeless shelter for women and women with children. The Shade Tree Collection contains staff logbooks for 1991 - 1994 and volunteer journals for 1990 - 1991 for this women's and children' safe house.

Shepp, Helen
Coll #: 85-085
Date: 1953-1962
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 2:1:3
Collection contains copies of the Navy Mothers Newsletter, a charitable organization that raised money for scholarships, visited lonely people in the hospital, and performed other community activities, and copies of applications and correspondence regarding membership to the American Association of the United Nations.

Smith, Arlene Mathews
Coll #: Mss49
Date: 1906 - 1965
Extent: 6 folders (containing 33 items)
Location: 1:1:1 and Roller Shelf 1:5.7
Collection consists primarily of material pertaining to Panaca area in Nevada and 4-H activity. Includes 4-H Boys and Girls Club work instructions and record, which consists primarily of U.S.D.A. Farmers Bulletins. Contains two copies of the "Lincoln Lantern" dated 1927. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Soroptomists International of Greater Las Vegas
Coll #: MS-00443
Date: 1968-2000
Extent: 17.6 Linear Feet (16 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Location: 9:8:4 - 9:9:5
The Soroptimist International of Greater Las Vegas and Paradise Valley Records document the activity of two Las Vegas, Nevada chapters of the women's advocacy group Soroptimist International from 1968 to 2000. The records contain membership information, by-laws, correspondence, scrapbooks, publications, memoranda, and ephemera about women's issues, environmental concerns, and the club's activities in the Greater Las Vegas and Paradise Valley chapters. The records also contain information from conferences held by Soroptimist International, including audio cassette recordings of speeches and presentations.
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Soroptomists International of Henderson
Coll #: 95-039
Date: 1987-1983
Extent: 1 record storage box (1 linear foot)
Location: 5:1:3
Collection contains the organizational records of the Soroptomists International of Henderson, the Henderson chapter of this internationally-known service organization for professional women. This includes meeting minutes, organization rosters, brochures and other documents.

Southern Nevada Antique Bottle Club
Coll #: T160
Date: 1967 - 1975
Extent: 1document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 2:3:2
Collection is comprised of the organizational records of the Southern Nevada Antique Bottle Club and includes membership information and newsletters.

Southern Nevada Historical Society
Coll #: MS-00205
Date: 1948-1983
Extent: 2.10 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Location: 2:4:4
The Southern Nevada Historical Society Records document the management and development of the Southern Nevada Historical Society (SNHS) as well as various historical projects in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada that the society sponsored from 1948 to 1983. The records include SNHS correspondence (1951-1978), meeting minutes(1958-1983), and accounting information (1959-1980). It also contains copies of the SNHS Backtrails Newsletter, promotional material for events, membership lists, and research materials for various projects related to the history of southern Nevada and Las Vegas.
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Southern Nevada Women's Political Caucus
Coll #: 94-46
Date: 1983 - 1984
Extent: 2 document boxes (.84 linear feet)
Location: 4:5:3 - 4:5:4
The Southern Nevada Women's Political Caucus was a chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus. It was active in child care issues and in aiding women who desired to be elected to public office. The collection contains two small boxes pertaining to their activities from 1983 - 1984. There are also a number of documents pertaining to the national organization dating back to the 1970s.
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St. Denis, Ruth
Coll #: 85-112
Date: 1905 - 1984
Extent: 1 record storage box, 1 document box, 3 oversize boxes (6.76 linear feet)
Location: 2:1:5, RS 2:1:7 & RS 2:5:7
The Ruth St. Denis Collection pertains to the St. Denis School of Dance in Los Angeles, CA. The collection contains scrapbooks filled with magazine cutouts from early 20th century- performers and celebrities. It also includes a variety of books on costume and dance. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Stern, Belle Tyktin
Coll #: 88-108
Date: 1940 - 1985
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 3:10:3
Collection contains brochures, Nevada History crossword puzzles, trail maps and itineraries for Nevada Discovery Tours, Jean Ford Co., and the Last Frontier Hotel/Casino. These were tours designed to provide the customer with an informative, fun history lesson. Some of the itineraries included stops at the Hoover Dam and hiking and staying along the Old Spanish Trail.

Stewart, Helen J.
Coll #: T87
Date: 1869-1978
Extent: 4 boxes (20 linear in.)
Location: 2:12:6 - 2:11:1
Collection consists of the personal papers of Helen J Stewart, owner of the Las Vegas Ranch and an active participant in the social, political, and business life of early Las Vegas. A founding member of the Mesquite Club (oldest womens service organization in Las Vegas), she became an authority on state history and developed an extensive collection of Indian baskets. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE
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Stuckey, Evelyn
Coll #: 86-056
Date: 1949 - 1969
Extent: 8 linear ft
Location: 3:2:6 Roller Shelf 1.8.2
The Evelyn Stuckey Collection focuses on the Las Vegas Rhythmettes, a unique dance/pep club for girls that was active at Las Vegas High School in the 1950s and 1960s. It includes news clippings, magazine articles, photographs, correspondence and a number of other documents pertaining to Rhythmettes founder Evelyn Stuckey and the Rhythmettes organization.
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Trudell, Harriet
Coll #: 2007-31
Date: 1948-2006
Extent: Two record storage cartons
Location: 13:6:4
Collection is comprised of personal papers of Harriet Trudell, noted Democratic political activist in Las Vegas from 1970s-present

U - Wah - Un Study Club
Coll #: T126
Date: 1919 - 1987
Extent: 2 doc boxes
Location: 2:7:3
The U - Wah - Un Study Club was a women's literary club formed in Las Vegas in 1919. The collection covers activities of the club from its founding to 1987 and includes year books, a scrapbook, financial records, minutes and biographies. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE
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Ullom - Brockman
Coll #: T152
Date: 1889 -1943
Extent: 1 document box
Location: 2:3:1
Collection contains the personal records of union of the two old pioneering families Ullom and Brockman. Included are photocopies of photographs--the typical family snapshots, personal postcards, letters, telegrams, wedding announcement, school papers and newspaper clipping reporting on the death of the son.

Valder, Ann
Coll #: 90-060
Date: 1950 - 1983
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: 4:10:6
Collection is comprised of the papers of Ann Valder, a journalist who wrote for the Las Vegas Sun. Collection contains a variety of articles written by Ann Valder, personal correspondence, biographical information, American Cancer Society correspondence, news releases and a number of articles from different authors.
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Van Betten, Patricia Healthcare and Nursing Papers
Coll #: MS-00098
Date: 1985-2011, (bulk 1993-2011)
Extent: 2.17 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location: A 2:5:4
The collection comprises personal papers of Pat van Betten that document her work with the League of Women Voters and the Nevada Nurses Association from 1985 to 2011. Van Betten worked on health care reform for the League of Women Voters - Las Vegas which resulted in the passage of the pioneering legislation known as the Patient Protection Act. The health-care reform material dates from 1997 to 2006 and includes documents related to the Act as well as correspondence, printed e-mail, meeting minutes, plans, and other supporting material. The collection also documents van Betten's work with the Nevada Nurses Association -- Las Vegas Chapter, and documents conferences of the Nevada Nurses Association, as well as material celebrating the history of nursing in Nevada. These materials date 1985 - 2006 and include a filmstrip with slides focusing on the work of school nurses in the Clark County School District.
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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.

Wengert Family
Coll #: MS-00192
Date: 1907-1967
Extent: 1.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: 2:8:6
The Wengert Family Papers (1907-1967) consists of clippings, correspondence, ephemera, and scrapbooks detailing the lives of Las Vegas, Nevada pioneers Cyril S. Wengert and Lottie Ward Wengert. Much of the material documents Lottie Ward�s life in Iowa before her 1921 marriage to Wengert and ultimate move to Las Vegas. The collection also houses three scrapbooks of family photographs from the 1920s.
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Wheeler, Maria Burston
Coll #: Mss42
Date: 1840 -1933
Extent: 2 folders (containing 127 items)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of a typescript account of her experiences from her childhood in England, crossing the Atlantic to the United States, and her trek to the West. Significant because of its vivid description of her time at the Mormon Fort in ca. 1854 including the crops planted, relations with the local Paiute Indians, construction of the buildings etc. Her husband was one of the original Mormon settlers called to develop the settlement at Las Vegas.

White, Jaunita Greer
Coll #: 85-125
Date: 1927 - 1980
Extent: 22 doc boxes
Location: 3:1:5 - 3:2:2
The Juanita Greer White Collection contains personal, professional and business material pertaining to Dr. Juanita White in her capacity as a member of UCCSN Board of Regents, American Association of University Women and numerous other activities in education, health, youth and aging. Note: additional material added later included documents from her work in the Nevada State Legislature, Board of Regents, books, catalogs, chemistry papers, plaques, and campaign materials.
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Williams, Aaron
Coll #: 87-036
Date: 1965 - 1975
Extent: 2 boxes (10 linear in.)
Location: 3:4:4 - 3:4:5
Collection is comprised of the papers of Aaron Williams, North Las Vegas City Councilman and Clark County Commissioner. Consists mainly of material from scrapbooks and newspaper clippings chronicling Williams' political career and the issues he dealt with. Issues included are those related to community and infrastructure development, such as airports, sewage treatment plants, senior citizens, health, and urban planning, as well as local government activities during the late 1960's and early 1970's. The remainder of the materials in the collection consist primarily of correspondence from 1966-1976, various certificates, and a very limited number of items pertaining to affirmative action programs and the organization "Poor People Pulling Together."
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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.

Williams, Nancy
Coll #: 97-010
Extent: 1 doc box (1/4 linear ft.)
Location: 6:6:2
Nancy Williams' collection contains news clippings, poetry, photos and correspondence focusing on Clark County Nevada Juvenile Services and African American poetry

Wilson, James B.
Coll #: T1
Date: 1875-1940
Extent: 3 doc boxes
Location: 1:9:6
Collection contains the business records-supply invoices for the Sand Stone Ranch - Nevada; Lincoln County - Nevada; Pioche - Nevada; Goodsprings - Nevada; and general family correspondence and the Wilson Family photograph album PARTIAL INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Women in Construction - Las Vegas Chapter
Coll #: MS-00500
Date: 1962-1963
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 10:2:5
The Las Vegas Women in Construction Collection (1962-1963) consists of a scrapbook compiled by Joyce McMinn Beckett, president of the Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter. The scrapbook contains meeting programs, sign-in sheets, clippings, newsletters, and several photographs from the 1962 Las Vegas, Nevada meeting of Women in Construction (WIC) at the Dunes Hotel.
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Women's Auxiliary Branch of the Fraternal Order of Eagles
Coll #: MS-00449
Date: 1950-2001
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: 9:11:1
The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) Las Vegas Chapter Records consist of scrapbooks, photo albums, and attendance record journals from the Women’s Auxiliary #1213 and Retired Eagles Activities Club (REAC) #1213 from 1950 to 2001. The scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, photographs, memos, and state and national F.O.E. convention information pertaining to the Las Vegas chapter of the F.O.E. The REAC folder contains information about the founding of the REAC chapter in 1984, the constitution, bylaws, charter, and founding members. The REAC attendance record journals contain listings of members as well as meeting minutes.
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Woods, Vivian
Coll #: 95-016
Date: 1960 - 199(?)
Extent: 1 doc box and 1 slim doc box (1.5 linear ft.)
Location: 4:2:4
Collection contains the Las Vegas Art League scrapbooks, photo albums, correspondence to members about waning funds, a history of the Las Vegas Artists Co-Op, and the Las Vegas Artists Co-Op member rosters.

Zucker-Bozarth, Blanche
Coll #: 96-13
Date: 1970 - 1993
Extent: 11 record storage boxes (12.5 linear ft.)
Location: 5:5:5 - 5:6:5
The Zucker-Bozarth collection focuses on activities of the Mesquite Club including, correspondence, member rosters, news clippings with some material on child abuse, libraries and legislation.

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