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Collection tracks gaming history

Mar 30, 2004 7:48 AM

For those interested in the history of Las Vegas and the gaming industry, there are few places more exciting than UNLV Special Collections.

UNLV Special Collections houses unique, rare, and specialized research material that documents the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The collections include books, pamphlets, posters, serials and periodicals, scrapbooks, archives and manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, video and audio tapes.

Materials are kept in closed stacks, do not circulate and must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Simply put, this is the collection of record for the study of Las Vegas’s culture and history and the international gaming industry.

Rare manuscripts include government records such as the original Las Vegas City council minute books, business records from the Union Pacific Railroad, the papers of political figures such as Nevada Senators Howard Cannon and Chic Hecht, Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson, as well as state legislators, and city and county commissioners.

Another collection features the files and drawings of prominent hotel architect Martin Stern, Jr.