From the Digital Collections Blog...
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 We are currently organizing, describing, and digitizing these historical documents, photographs, and oral histories to make them accessible online, although some are already available for use in our reading room.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.
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: