At today's fun open house for #rbms14 - we had a display of our historical gaming collection. Here's one of the tweets from an attendee!June 27, 2014
What's New in Special Collections
Nevada Gay Rodeo Association entry in Gay Pride celebration, 1998. From the Dennis McBride Collection
Interesting in researching LGBT history in Las Vegas in honor of LGBT Pride Month? UNLV Special Collections holds a number of significant manuscript and photograph collections that document the history of the LGBT community in Las Vegas. We also collect a number of local LGBT publications such as the Las Vegas Bugle, Q Vegas and Night Beat. Our manuscript collections include the records of groups and organizations such as Equal Rights Nevada, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Bugle, and the Las Vegas Men's Club, among others. Personal papers include Dan Hinkley, Eddie Anderson, Caratelli Collection, Strutt Hurley, Marge Jaques, Ted Lenhart, and many others.
The Special Collections staff is excited about the following honor that will be presented to our Director and wanted to share the news widely! For those of you who may not be familiar with the Society of American Archivists - it is the national professional organization for archivists in the United States and has over 6000 individual and institutional members from archives and libraries throughout the US and internationally.
Head of Exhibits Peter Michel has curated a new exhibit on the 3rd floor of Lied Library. Images in Silver: Photography of Goldfield, America's Last Great Gold Rush features images drawn from our photo collections of this important period in southern Nevada history. Please stop by and view the exhibit - it features a number of fascinating panoramas of this area as well. Michel provides some background here on the photographers that defined this era.
If you missed any of this year's fascinating Eadington Fellows lectures (sponsored by the Center for Gaming Research in Special Collections), never fear as you can listen to the podcasts here!
Since 2007, the Eadington Fellowships have provided national and international scholars with the opportunity to use Special Collections to research different themes relating to Las Vegas history, the history of gambling, and comparative studies of gambling in literature, history, and society. The 2014-15 Eadington Fellowship application cycle is now open and will close on July 23, 2014.
Michelle Robinson: "Billy Graham Comes to Las Vegas: Faith at Work on the Strip"
Special Collections conservator Michael Frazier received the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists Service Award at the organization's annual meeting in Carson City, NV on May 15-16, 2014. The award is bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the intermountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession.
Our colleague, Dave Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, has written an interesting blog post for UNLV News about the research and writing of Grandissimo, his recent biography of larger-than-life casino mogul Jay Sarno. Schwartz talks about the value of oral history interviews to his research, and the importance of what we do in Special Collections in collecting and preserving oral histories of Las Vegas residents.
Seeing Jay Sarno gradually fleshed out as an individual hammered home the importance of conducting and maintaining oral history interviews with a wide cross-section of Las Vegas residents.. we must continue to work diligently to ensure that the legacy of this important generation is preserved.
Special Collections and the Center for Gaming Research welcome Eadington Gaming Fellow, Richard Williams
A cultural historian with a background in Classics and Art History, Richard has held teaching and research posts at universities including Newcastle and Glasgow, and has published on Greek drama and French revolutionary art. He has also co-curated exhibitions in both of these fields.
Currently Richard is working on genetic criticism of Erle Stanley Gardner’s A.A. Fair novels, arising from study of the manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, as a visiting Research Fellow in 2011-12, and has given presentations on this work at a number of recent international conferences.
Why he’s coming:
“I am interested in researching Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels with Las Vegas settings; archival material from Binion’s casino concerning the early years of the World Series of Poker.”
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