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Kelly, Margaret
Coll #: MS-00604
Date: 1935-1997
Extent: 1 document box and 21 oversize boxes
Location: A 3:8:1 - A 3:8:5
This collection is comprised of the personal scrapbooks of Margaret Kelly and programs from her shows. The scrapbooks date from 1935 to 1984 and include thousands of press clippings covering her work at the Folies Bergere and Lido de Paris, and her long career as creator and manager of the world famous Bluebell Girls. Included are materials from 1958 about the Bluebell Girls shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collection also includes press cuttings (dating to 1997), brochures, and numerous programs from the Lido de Paris, Folies Bergere and other international production shows for which Kelly provided dancers.
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Kepper, Anna Dean
Coll #: MS-00279
Date: 1903-1983, bulk 1972-1983
Extent: 5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Location: 3:4:6 - 3:5:2
The Anna Dean Kepper Papers contain personal papers, research, and historical documents of Anna Dean Kepper from 1972 to 1983, with some research materials dating from 1903. The papers document her work as a student at the State University of New York in Oneonta, New York, as well as her research interests in the American West, particularly around Las Vegas, Nevada, where she worked as a historical preservationist and archivist. She was the Curator of Special Collections in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Library from 1973 to 1983.
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Kim Sisters
Coll #: Roller Shelf
Date: 1959-1969
Location: Roller Shelf 1:4:8
Collection consists of two scrapbooks of the Kim Sisters, a trio of Korean-born musical entertainers who were prominent on the Las Vegas Strip from the 1950s-1970s. The scrapbooks contain ads for upcoming shows from around the world, reviews of performances, articles and interviews and copies of The Ed Sullivan Show programs on which they appeared.

Klein, Freda
Coll #: 97-06
Date: 1967-1993
Extent: 1 slim doc box
Location: 6:6:1
Collection consists of a scrapbook of certificates, news clippings, photographs, and correspondence relating to Klein’s personal career in the Nevada Employment Security Department, and college/university career.

Krenzer, Sandi
Coll #: 96-19
Date: 1990-1994
Extent: .21 linear feet (1 slim document box)
Location: 5:8:2
Collection contains a brief biography of Krenzer, a copy of a brief description of her achievements from “Distinguished Women in Southern Nevada”, a letter of endorsement from the Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriff’s for election race to Assembly District 3, campaign and fundraising materials-mailers, etc.

Lake-Eglington, Olive
Coll #: MS-00142
Date: 1905-1983
Extent: 0.20 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 1:10:6
Related Materials: 0010
The Olive Lake-Eglington Family Papers (1905-1983) consist of correspondence, school records, newsclippings, and ephemera collected by Olive Lake-Eglington, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1904 until the early 1980s. Materials document the early pioneer history of southern Nevada. Items of unique interest in the collection include a 1907 temperance pledge and World War II ration books from 1943.
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Las Vegas Art League
Coll #: T105
Date: 196(?)
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 2:8:4
Collection contains the scrapbook for the Greater Las Vegas Art Week. Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings about the participating artists, photos of events and displays, and correspondence regarding the event.

Las Vegas Black Historical Society Records
Coll #: MS-00101
Date: 2005-2009
Extent: 1 linear feet (1 box)
Location: B 1:1:1
The Las Vegas Black Historical Society Records document the organizational history from 2005 to 2009. The records include correspondence, meeting minutes, bylaws, articles, a corporate charter, meeting agendas, and use agreements. The records include a Proclamation from Nevada State Senator Steven Horsford regarding the Second Annual Gathering of the Las Vegas Black Historical Society on January 27, 2007.
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Las Vegas GLBT Archives
Coll #: MS-00251
Date: 1955-1997
Extent: 3.4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Location: 3:1:1 - 3:1:3
The Las Vegas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection documents the social and political activities of Las Vegas, Nevada's LGBT community from 1955 to 1997. The collection includes hundreds of newspaper articles about LGBT issues, ranging from AIDS to Nevada legislation. The collection also documents the presence of the LGBT community in Las Vegas, including information from gay bars, clubs, advocacy and political organizations,entertainers, and student groups.
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Las Vegas Literary Club
Coll #: MS-00566
Date: 1937-1997
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: 13:7:2
The Las Vegas Literary Club records contain materials documenting various club events ranging from the years 1937 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1994. The materials include scrapbooks that provide insight into the club's activities, events, and celebrations. There are two record books that include financial records with meeting minutes, and a book commemorating the club's history.
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Las Vegas Literary Club
Coll #: MS-00566
Date: 1937-1997
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: 13:7:2
The Las Vegas Literary Club records contain materials documenting various club events ranging from the years 1937 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1994. The materials include scrapbooks that provide insight into the club's activities, events, and celebrations. There are two record books that include financial records with meeting minutes, and a book commemorating the club's history.
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Las Vegas Porcelain Artists
Coll #: MS-00312
Date: 1970-1993
Extent: 3.3 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Location: 4:11:4 - 4:11:5
The Las Vegas, Nevada Porcelain Artists Records span from 1970 to 1993 and document the history of the non-profit organization that was a division of the World Organization of China Painters (WOCP). The collection includes club by-laws, membership lists, convention pamphlets, promotional material, correspondences, membership applications, meeting minutes, scrapbooks, bank statements, and other tax information. It also includes slides, negatives, a cookbook, treasurer�s ledger, and other miscellaneous documents.
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Las Vegas Show Costume Designs
Coll #: MS-00422
Date: 1940s-1970s
Extent: 14.63 Linear Feet (8 oversized boxes)
Location: Roller Shelf 2:3:2 - 2:3:4
The Las Vegas Show Costume Design Collection is comprised of work from several designers who created costumes for various Las Vegas, Nevada shows featuring male and female dancers, from approximately the 1940s to the 1970s. Most of the sketches have been rendered in watercolors or pastels and are signed by the artists. The collection includes works from the following designers: Jean Devlyn, Anne Guertin, Larry Merritt, "Ladd," Josephine Spinedi, and Corrado Colabucci.
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League of Women Voters
Coll #: MS24
Date: 1964 - 1993
Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft.)
Location: 1:8:3 - 1:8:6
This collection contains the records and publications of the League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley from 1964 to the 1990s. The majority of the material covers the 1960s and 1970s, and consists of administration records and information on specific issues. The material in the collection provides a clue to the relative importance of various issues at specific times and outlines the basic administrative workings of a chapter of the League of Women Voters.
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Lee, Henry Hudson
Coll #: T31
Date: 1811-195(?)
Extent: 1 box; 5 linear inches
Location: 1:10:5
Collection is comprised of manuscript copies of Henry Hudson Lee's memoirs entitled "My Memoirs" and his biography of his father entitled "A Brief Sketch of the Life and Family of Milton LaFayette Lee." Henry Hudson Lee worked as the County Recorder and Auditor of Lincoln County in the early 1900s. He was also involved in cattle ranching most of his life.

Lee, Renee
Coll #: MS-00587
Date: 1950s-2012
Extent: 2.9 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Location: see staff
The Renee Lee Papers span from the 1950s to 2012 and document the life of singer and actress Renee Lee through photographs, her original music scores, newspaper clippings, and a mid-career resume. The collection also includes an alphabetized card catalog of the private performances Lee booked from 1998-2012.
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Levinson, Bea
Coll #: MS-00386
Date: 1954, 1979-1993
Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 6:7:6
The Las Vegas Jewish Family Services Agency (JFSA) records, (1954, 1979-1993) contain organizational records, minutes, committee information, newsletters, and volunteer information collected by Bea Levinson. There are also two folders of material about Bea Levinson, who was chairperson of the JFSA Long Range Planning Committee.
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Lowe, Celesta
Coll #: 95-48
Date: 1943-95
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Location: 5:1:3 Roller Shelf 2.1.7
Collection consists of Celesta Lowe's clippings, published writings ("Echoes from the Archives" and "Southwestern Bookshelf" columns), correspondence, and photographs related to local history. Also contains National League of American Pen Women and Pen-Hens material. Celesta Lowe grew up in Goodsprings and worked for James R. Dickinson, who was the first head of Nevada Southern University (later UNLV). She played a large part in developing the Special Collections Division of the library.
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Mack, Jess
Date: 1916-1988
Extent: 5.6 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Location: 1:7:6 - 1:8:1
The Jess Mack Papers document the professional life of burlesque agent and comedy writer Jess Mack from 1916 to 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to contracts, correspondence, engagements, and newspaper articles, the collection contains five boxes of jokes, scripts and scenes used in various burlesque productions. Other material includes photographs of entertainers and burlesque stars, joke booklets, and issues of Mack's magazine, Cavalcade of Burlesque, dating from 1951 to 1954.
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Mann, Mildred
Coll #: 96-10
Date: 1915-1995
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
Location: 5:5:2 - 5:5:3
North Las Vegas resident and community activist. Heavily involved in state and national ceramic associations, and taught ceramic arts for many years in various venues, including to the visually impaired. Collection includes correspondence, clippings, certificates, manuals, photos, and newsletters.
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Marshall, Gladys Boggs
Coll #: T57
Date: 1910 - 196(?)
Extent: 1 slim doc box
Location: 1:11:5 Roller Shelf 1.5.5
Collection includes several poems by Gladys Boggs Marshall, a manuscript draft of her unfinished paper "History and Story of Las Vegas," news clippings, and a scrapbook. PARTIAL COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE

McClure, Florence
Coll #: 2003-23
Date: 1969 – 2003 (inclusive), 1970-1999 (bulk)
Location: 10:5:1 - 10:5:2
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Florence McClure, Las Vegas activist, and founder of the Rape Crisis Center who helped establish the local women's prison. Collection contains news clippings and reports based on her civic activities and interests.
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McCuistion, Florine
Coll #: T93
Date: 1940 -197(?)
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 2:11:2
Collection consists of the papers of Florine McCuistion, a noted Las Vegas interior designer who wrote a column called "Interior Design Workshop" in 1971 for the Las Vegas Sun. She designed the interior of the Nevada State Bank and the Clark County Health Center. Her husband was M.E. Ted McCuistion, longtime Nevada state legislator. The collection is comprised of drafts of her column, numerous plaques and certificates she received during her career, newspaper clippings, and a few photographs

McGonagill, Irma
Coll #: T60
Date: 1904 - 1905
Extent: 2 folders
Location: 1:11:5
Related Materials: 0246
Collection contains the informal records of early Nevada mining in Tonopah, Nevada including the outlines for a section of Irma McGonagill’s memoir and a few fleshed out paragraphs and the beginnings of Chapter 1. There is also a stock certificate for the Silver Bow Mining Company. (see also Photo Collection 0246)

McMillan, Marie
Coll #: MS-00482
Date: 1928-2010
Extent: 9 Linear Feet (22 boxes)
Location: 10:3:3 - 10:3:5
The Marie McMillan Papers include Marie McMillan, Elisha "Duke" Daly, and Dr. James B. McMillan's papers about their families and careers from 1928-2010. Included are photographs, biographical materials, newspaper clippings, award certificates, programs, obituaries, scrapbooks, trophies, legal and military documents, and political campaign documents.
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Meadows Playhouse
Coll #: T163
Date: 197(?)
Extent: 2 doc boxes, and 2 record storage boxes
Location: 2:3:2 - 2:3:3
Collection houses the architectural plans for the Meadows Playhouse, a UNLV playhouse, and interdepartmental correspondence about designing a theatre major, examples of other university theatre major requirements, copies of plays with set design notes, notes on student actors, production playbills and newspaper clippings about upcoming productions.

Mesquite Club
Coll #: 2001-09
Date: 1911-78
Extent: 29 boxes
Location: 8:1:1 - 9:1:5 Roller Shelf 2.3.8 and 2.4.1
This collection contains the organizational records of the Mesquite Club, the oldest women's service club in Las Vegas, founded in 1911, and still in existence today. The collection documents the administrative, service, and social activities of the club which is known for its dedication to community improvement in Las Vegas. The records are comprised of materials that provide information on the club�s organizational and administrative structure, its numerous community service projects and social events, the Mesquite Clubhouse, and the Club�s relations with the General Federation of Women�s Clubs (GFWC). Types of documentation in the collection include minutes, correspondence, committee reports, newsletters, scrapbooks, and photographs.
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Miller, Linda
Coll #: 2012-09
Date: 2000s
Extent: .42 linear feet (1 document box)
Collection is comprised of large scrapbook containing documentation on Linda Miller's efforts (in conjunction with the Southern Nevada Women's History Project) to errect the statue of Helen Stewart on the grounds of the old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. Scrapbook contains numerous photos, newspaper clippings, programs and information on Miller's Chautauqua work portraying Helen Stewart at many events throughout Nevada.

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
Related Materials: 0075
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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Miss Nevada USA Pageant
Coll #: 85-136
Date: 1981 - 1986
Extent: 1 slim doc box
Location: 3:2:2
Collection contains the programs for the Miss Nevada Pageant held in Las Vegas 1981-1986.

Mitchell, Luanna
Coll #: 94-026
Date: 1951 - 1977
Extent: 3 record storage boxes, and 3 oversize scrapbooks that need to be boxed.
Location: 4:6:4 - 4:6:5 Roller Shelf 2.1.3
Collection is comprised of newspaper clippings about the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization and the Auxiliary’s programs and community service. There are also photographs of the Ladies visiting veterans in the hospital, invitations to VFW events and a member yearbook.

Mortensen, Verna
Coll #: T78
Date: 1960 - 197(?)
Extent: 1 slim doc box
Location: 1:12:4
Related Materials: 0089
Collection consists of materials pertaining to Verna Mortensen's work with the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and their efforts to preserve the Mormon (Las Vegas) Fort. Contains newspaper clippings, federal grant application for restoration of the Fort, DUP brochure, and a paper on the history of the lower Colorado Region. The collection also contains two detailed eulogies of Mortensen, a native of Bunkerville, NV who had lived in St. George, UT and Las Vegas, NV.

National League of American Pen Women (Las Vegas Branch)
Coll #: 2000-06
Date: 1950-1990
Extent: 2 OVERSIZE boxes
Location: 7:12:5 Roller Shelf 2.2.5
Collection consists of the scrapbooks and minutes of the Las Vegas branch of the National League of American Pen Women. The NLAPW is a professional organization of women that promotes development of the creative talents of professional women in the arts ( it encompasses arts, letters and music).

National Organization for Women (NOW)
Coll #: MS-00354
Date: 1971-1974
Extent: 3.3 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Location: 4:2:6 - 4:1:1
The National Organization for Women, Las Vegas Chapter Records document the philosophy, activities, and politics of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1966 to 2005 with most materials covering the period of 1971 to 1974. The records demonstrate the activities and political positions of NOW and they include correspondence, policies, memoranda, files, publications, and ephemera from the Las Vegas, Nevada chapter.
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Navy Mother's Club of America
Coll #: 87-71
Date: 1946 - 1968
Extent: 2 boxes (7.5 linear in.)
Location: 3:6:5
Collection consists of two scrapbooks of memorabilia and news clippings from the Navy Mother's Club of America. Also included are the club's bylaws from 1946-1968 and photographs of various club events and installations.
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Neonis, Delores
Coll #: T102
Date: 197(?)
Extent: 7 record storage boxes
Location: 2:10:5 - 2:9:2
Collection contains the personal and professional records of Delores Neonis, secretary for the Committee for Effective Mass Transportation. Included in these records are correspondence and reports from the Board of County Commissioners and the District Attorney’s Office regarding the feasibility of mass transportation, specifically the monorail, and possible location sites. Ms. Neonis’ personal records contain copies of plays, miscellaneous photos of people, daytimers, receipt books and personal “chit-chat” correspondence.

Nevada Democrat Newsletter
Coll #: 87-150
Date: 1965 - 1970
Extent: 2 doc boxes
Location: 3:10:2
Collection contains copies of the Political Race Dope Sheet, a humorous description of candidates designed to resemble a horse race sheet, and copies of the Clark County Democrat.

Nevada Empowered Women
Coll #: MS-00517
Date: 1996-2001
Extent: 1.4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Location: 11:11:4 - 11:11:5
The Nevada Empowered Women's Project (NEW Project) Collection (1996-2001) consists of brochures, newsclippings, federal and state agency reports, and manuals about poverty and welfare rights pertaining to the activism of NEW Project, headquartered in Reno, Nevada. The material chronicles the battles over welfare reform in the 1990s and also includes the full agenda and report for the 1999 Welfare Reform Conference held in Washington, D.C.
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Nevada Federation of Women's Clubs
Coll #: 86-62
Date: 1986
Extent: 1 doc box
Location: 3:3:3 Roller Shelf 1.8.4
Collection contains Porcelain figures.

Nevada Music Teachers Association
Coll #: 85-123
Date: 196(?) - 197(?)
Extent: 3 record storage boxes
Location: 3:1:4 - 3:1:5
Collection focuses on the work of the Nevada Music Teachers Association and Las Vegas piano teacher, Betty Henderson. The collection is comprised primarily of reel-to-reel tapes of auditions, recitals and concerts. Others materials include newsletters, sheet music, scrapbooks, photos, and programs. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Nevada Nurses Association
Coll #: 85-34
Date: 1940s- 1990s
Extent: 23 record storage boxes
Location: LASR
Collection is comprised of the organizational records of the Nevada Nurses Association. Subjects include Jean Rambo, state legislature, ERA, Planned Parenthood, and League of Women Voters. Types of material in the collection include clippings, history, membership information, receipts, correspondence, convention notes and programs, alumni directory, newsletters, pamphlets, meeting minutes and scrapbooks. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Nevada Poetry Society
Coll #: T89
Date: 196(?)
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 2:11:1
Collection is comprised of the records of the Nevada Poetry Society. Society president, Mildred Breedlove, features prominently in the collection. Materials include bank records, correspondence, financial documents, newsletters, poems and the book Silver Springs: Anthology of the Nevada Poetry Society. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Nevada Women's History Project (NWHP)
Coll #: 99-04
Date: 1995-1998
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: 7:11:6
Collection is comprised of select organizational records of the Nevada Women's History Project (NWHP), founded in 1996 as a means to provide visibility and support for the gathering and dissemination of the history of women in Nevada. Material in the collection reflects the early organization of NWHP Southern Region. Collection contains meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, membership lists, newsletters, press releases, and project files.
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Ortiz Consolidation Collection
Coll #: Mss38
Date: 1976 - 1977
Extent: 10 folders (containing 208 items)
Location: 1:1:1
Collection consists of material relating to issue of consolidation/annexation of local governments in Clark County. Primarily concerns limits of the City of Las Vegas, Nevada in clippings from the newspapers, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun, 9 July 1975 through 13 November 1977. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Pearson, Alice
Coll #: 2003-05
Location: 10:6:2
Personal papers of Alice Pearson, longtime member of the Mesquite Club.

Phelan, Margaret
Coll #: MS-00499
Date: 1956-1988
Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 10:2:5
The Maggi Coleman Papers (1956-1988) consist of clippings, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to the career of former Las Vegas, Nevada singer and social activist Maggi Coleman.
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Phillips, Helen Thelma "Peggy" Lewis Hyde
Coll #: 98-06
Date: 1963
Extent: 1 box; 1.1 linear ft.
Location: 7:8:6 - 7:8:2
Collection contains the personal papers of Helen Phillips documenting her role in the Las Vegas community. It contains correspondence and newspaper articles of her charitable activities, plaques received for service and photographs. Phillips was a longtime resident of Boulder City, and active in improving education in Clark County. Collection also includes numerous issues of the Paradise Press, a local newspaper printed for the residents of Paradise, one of the unincorporated areas of the Las Vegas Valley

Pittman, Ida (Brewington)
Coll #: 85-077
Date: 1945 - 1977
Extent: 1 document box, 1 slim document box (.63 linear feet) and 1 oversize folder
Location: 2:1:3
This collection contains many news clippings about Ida Brewington Pittman's husband Vail, who was governor of Nevada 1945-1950. The collection also contains letters of condolences over Vail Pittman's death, original speeches from the Vail Pittman Elementary School's dedication, copies of resolutions, an inaugural invitation, some financial notes, travel papers, address lists, and notes about phone calls. Most of the items in this collection pertain to her husband's life rather than her own.
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Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada
Coll #: 96-01
Date: 1980-1995
Extent: 17 document boxes (7.14 linear feet)
Location: 5:2:2 - 5:2:5
Collection consists of the administrative and educational records of Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada. Much of the collection focuses on administrative concerns such as grants and fundraising, and speakers, but there is also material pertaining to education and programs sponsored by PPSN. Types of material include brochures, flyers, grant records, news clippings, and training materials. Access to certain materials is restricted -- please see finding aid for details.
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Professional Black Women's Alliance
Coll #: MS-00498
Date: 1997-2003
Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 10:2:5 and Mss drawer
The Professional Black Women’s Alliance Records (1997-2003) consist of correspondence, photographs, and programs from the Professional Black Women’s Alliance. Most programs pertain to the organization’s annual Rose Awards, which celebrate black female role models from the Las Vegas, Nevada community. The collection also contains a large poster from the 1999 Rose Awards ceremony.
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