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Celebrating 50 Years!
Come celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary by learning more about it’s extraordinary past. UNLV Special Collections has assembled a variety of historical material on the university this year. The material includes information regarding UNLV timelines, faqs, presidents, and an extensive bibiography.
More Finding Aids Added
The following finding aids have recently been added to the UNLV Special Collections website:
September 1, 2007
A "Care and Feeding of Library Materials" guide has been added to the Preservation/Conservation webpage. It describes the top ten types of damages that library materials can suffer, the work involved in repairing them, and ways to prevent those damages from occuring.
You can access this guide directly by clicking the following PDF file:
August 1, 2007
40 Years of Special Collections
UNLV Special Collections has reached it's 40th Anniversary this year! In June 1967, UNLV Special Collections opened its doors within the James R. Dickinson Library on the campus known as Nevada Southern University. From its early days collecting books and documents on Nevada and gaming, it has evolved into the richest and most complete source of documentation on the history, culture, and landscape of Las Vegas and its environs in southern Nevada.
August 1, 2007
Collection Guides Online
Guides to over 30 individual manuscript and archival collections held in Special Collections are now available online in EAD (Encoded Archival Description) the emerging professional standard for archival finding aids. Like the Library MARC record, EAD enables the standardization in controlled fields of collection information allowing searching within and across repositories.
Click on a link below to take you to an online guide:
More will be posted in the near future (see top of page)!
July 1, 2007
University Archives Pages Updated
Web pages for the University Archives within UNLV Special Collections have been completely revamped and updated just in time for UNLV’s 50th Anniversary. The site now includes descriptions of the various record series that make up the University Archives including a complete list of publications. Other new parts of the site include FAQs about the university, a university history timeline, a buildings timeline, a president's timeline, and a bibliography of published works on UNLV. This page will continue to grow as we celebrate this momentous occasion in the university's history.
New Collections Acquired
Nevada Desert Experience: Organizational records documenting the 25 year history of the Nevada Desert Experience, a Las Vegas-based group which has worked to stop nuclear weapons testing through prayer, education, dialogue, and nonviolent direct action. The collection contains correspondence, memos, flyers, newsletters, photos, slides, videos, cassette tapes, etc. (27.5 linear feet).
Mollie Gregory: Through the auspices of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, Los Angeles filmmaker and author Mollie Gregory has donated a valuable collection of audio interviews of Las Vegas anti-poverty and women’s rights activists from the 1970s to the Nevada Women's Archives. WRIN staff indexed and transferred these interviews from reel-to-reel tape onto CDs.
Virginia James: The former Copa Girl and Folies Bergere dancer has donated several fascinating documents from her dancing career in the 1950s including original contracts from the Sands, Tropicana and Flamingo Hotels.
Valda Boyne Esau: A dancer in the first edition of Lido de Paris show at the Stardust Hotel (1958) has donated numerous photographs, clippings and ephemera on her glamorous career as one of the original Bluebell dancers.