From the Digital Collections Blog...
UNLV Libraries Special Collections is home to the Dorothy Eisenberg Papers, a collection of historical materials donated by activist and "professional volunteer" Dorothy Eisenberg. Here is a sneak peek of some highlights of the collection that were digitized as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project. Stay tuned for the official web portal, which will provide access to even more unique and valuable digitized primary sources, as well as contextual information such as biographies, timelines, maps, and more.
The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records housed at UNLV University Libraries Special Collections include hundreds of photographs of the local Jewish community. Here is an advance look at some of the photos we are digitizing for inclusion in the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project web portal:
One must be a curious listener to be an oral historian. You must respect the narrator and value the responsibility of what is shared with you. We are not reporters looking for the “story”. Instead we see ourselves as historians seeking to learn about a period of time, a geographical area or a social occurrence from the perspective of individuals who may have experienced it or learned about it through their ancestors.
UNLV Libraries Special Collections is home to the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records, a collection of historical materials created and donated by the Jewish Federation. Here is a sneak peek of some highlights of the collection that were digitized as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. Stay tuned for the official web portal, which will provide access to even more unique and valuable digitized primary sources, as well as contextual information such as biographies, timelines, maps, and more.
Jewish geography. Essentially this term is used to describe when two or more Jews get together and discover who knows whose Jewish friends and relatives. Until this project, I was unfamiliar with the significance of this term. Boy, do I know it now! And it actually is fun.
The UNLV University Libraries Special Collections are actively seeking donations of historical materials about the Jewish community in Southern Nevada. We are dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of and access to historical, primary source materials about our region.
What we are looking for:
We sat down recently with Shelley Berkeley, Michael Cherry, Mark Fine, Elliot Karp, and Flora Mason, and asked them to share why they support the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. Watch to learn more about when and why they came to Las Vegas, their thoughts about the Jewish community here, and why preserving this history is so important.
A General Overview
With smiles on our faces, we enter the sixth month of this project.
The importance of this project is validated with each fresh oral history conducted. From one narrator to the next, the fascinating history and unique connections within the Las Vegas community unfold. From the recorded voices, a collection of memories and perspectives of our community is emerging. Narrators talk about coming here and about remaining here; of land development, education, religious, and businesses, and their careers and raising families.