From the Digital Collections Blog...
We are pleased to announce that Emily Lapworth has been appointed the Visiting Special Collections Librarian to serve as an archivist for the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. Emily will focus on acquiring and processing archival records as well as preparing biographical entries, organizational histories, and finding aids for the project. Emily's first day on campus for her 18-month appointment is January 5, 2015.
Among the exciting moments so far in the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project was the discovery of oral histories, many conducted as far back as the 1970s, of community leaders who happened to be of Jewish ancestry. We’re in the midst of reformatting dozens of perishable cassette tapes that include the voices of past gaming executives, business entrepreneurs, and longtime residents.
The history of the Jewish people in Las Vegas in many ways parallels the history of Las Vegas. Special Collections in the UNLV University Libraries documents the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. We collect, preserve, and make accessible rare or unique sources of information about our region’s people and environment.
Shelley Berkley (former U.S. Representative and Regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education) and Art Marshall (long-time Las Vegas businessman, banker, and former Nevada Gaming commissioner) have agreed to serve as co-chairs for the Board of Advocates for the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project launched by the UNLV University Libraries in August 2014.
UNLV Libraries Receives Grant to Build the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project
The UNLV University Libraries is gearing up to launch the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. We recently received a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the Nevada State Library and Archives.
The day to celebrate the creation of this portal about the history of African Americans in Las Vegas is about to begin. Director Claytee White and Project Manager Barbara Tabach took a moment to sigh with pride as they eagerly await the press event in the morning and a community event in the afternoon. Hours of work and the efforts of too many people to list here is to be applauded.
Vegas PBS and CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Education Department held a Teacher Event on October 7 at Chaparral High School. Keynote speaker was Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford (shown here), a highly regarded scholar on education and a member of our Community Advisory Board. Her presentation, Freedom Struggle for Equal Education, 1968 – 1994, provided a local context to desegregation and integration of Clark County School District during that time period.
The milestone March on Washington was commemorated with two local Las Vegas distinct events both containing a call to action. You may wonder why after 50 years a call to action is even necessary. Although progress is acknowledged by most speakers, blacks in America still have a lower household income and a higher unemployment rate. So economic inequality is still present and still devastating in its reach.
During this past year of organizing the African American Collaborative, a series of three Town Hall Meetings were hosted at the West Las Vegas Public Library. The meetings introduced community members to the project, encouraging participation as narrators and sharing of personal photos and other memorabilia. The success of this project will be increased by the contributions materials and memories such as these.