From the Digital Collections Blog...
Archival collections provide information not just about the individual donor or creator of the collection, they also provide a look at other individuals and organizations that he or she was involved with, or evidence of broader historical trends or processes. For example, developer Mark Fine donated his papers to UNLV Special Collections this year, and his collection,"The Mark Fine Papers," is not just about him as an individual.
The Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project is part of UNLV Special Collections' broader mission to collect, preserve, and make available the history of Southern Nevada.
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If it’s true that most of our personal histories will be forgotten within one and half generations of our passing, then the work an oral historian has great purpose. From the oral histories collected so far for this project, a picture of early Las Vegas is developing. What was it like for early Jews who settled here? How did they meet and offer friendship to each other? There was no synagogue.
Photograph of Hadassah members looking at an album, 1960-1975. From the Mary Barkan Collection on the Las Vegas Jewish Community, 1964-1997. MS-00426.
Everyone has the construction of the approaching web portal in their sights. So with the sleepy lull of summertime behind us, it is time to peek at what has happened behind the scenes over the past couple of months.
Tasks have included: preparing transcripts and audio clips of oral histories; scanning photos, documents and other items of interest; and creating data, that's the step that makes all this stuff searchable. [They are magicians to me.] And there are the other magicians who construct the actual web portal--and trust me, it is looking beautiful.
Summer in Las Vegas is a time when many people take a vacation and leave town to escape the heat, but here at UNLV Libraries we are still working hard on the Jewish Heritage Project. Many thanks to the individuals and organizations who have donated their records and/or oral histories to Special Collections for preservation and research use, and to our other supporters. We are currently organizing, describing, and digitizing these historical documents, photographs, and oral histories to make them accessible online, although some are already available for use in our reading room.
Earlier this month the inaugural Always Remember Institute was held on UNLV’s campus. Three of our project advisers were the leads of this thoughtful and informative event: Dr. Elizabeth Spalding, professor of English Education in UNLV’s College of Education; Myra Berkovits, currently the Education Specialist for Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center; and Susan Dubin, a librarian and consultant to the Holocaust Resource Center. This illustrious trio and their support team deserve nothing but high praise for the success of the two-and-a-half day event.