From the Digital Collections Blog...
With smiles on our faces, we enter the sixth month of this project.
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
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.
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.