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Dennis McBride Personal Papers (MS-01099)

Abstract

The Dennis McBride Personal Papers (approximately 1920-2021) contain the papers of local historian and activist Dennis McBride. Papers include correspondence between McBride and many prominent members of the Las Vegas, Nevada LGBTQ community; financial and employment records from McBride's time at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Nevada State Museum; publications, press, and research surrounding McBride's numerous written works, unpublished and published; and family history, correspondence, and other personal documents. The collection also contains McBride's detailed personal date books and diaries that span multiple decades. Some audiovisual material and correspondence exist as digital files.

Finding Aid PDF
Date
1920 to 2021
Extent
38.55 Cubic Feet (30 boxes, 1 flat file)
34.50 Linear Feet
84 digital_files (5.570 GB) MP3, WAV, PDF/A
Resource Type
Papers
Related People/Corporations
Access Note

This collection is closed. It will be open for research use on January 1, 2030. While the collection is closed the donor retains all copyright therein. Access may be granted by the donor; contact special.collections@unlv.edu for more information.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Dennis McBride Personal Papers (approximately 1920-2021) contain the papers of local historian and activist Dennis McBride. Papers include correspondence between McBride and many prominent members of the Las Vegas, Nevada LGBTQ community; financial and employment records from McBride's time at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Nevada State Museum; publications, press, and research surrounding McBride's numerous written works, unpublished and published; and family history, correspondence, and other personal documents. The collection also contains McBride's detailed personal date books and diaries that span multiple decades, as well as signed copies of two of McBride's books, Out of the Neon Closet: Queer Community in the Silver State and Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History of the Great Depression. Some audiovisual material and correspondence exist as digital files.

Biographical / Historical Note

Dennis McBride was born January 13, 1955 and grew up in Boulder City, Nevada. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is well-known as an expert in the history of Hoover Dam and has published several histories of Boulder City. His books include In the Beginning: A History of Boulder City, Nevada, Building Hoover Dam, An Oral History of the Great Depression (with Andrew Dunbar), and Midnight on Arizona Street: The Secret Life of the Boulder Dam Hotel. McBride is also an authority on Nevada's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history. He has chronicled and collected the history of the LGBTQ community in Las Vegas, Nevada since the late 1970s and authored Out of the Neon Closet: Queer Community in the Silver State and LGBTQ Las Vegas, a visual history of the LGBTQ community. He has worked as a curator of historical collections at the Boulder City Museum and Historical Society, UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives, and the Nevada State Museum. He was appointed Director of the Nevada State Museum in 2012 and retired in 2022. As of 2022, he resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arrangement

Materials remain in the order in which they were received.

Related Collections

The following resources may provide additional information related to the materials in this collection:

LGBTQ Las Vegas records, approximately 2016-2017. MS-00965. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dennis McBride LGBTQ Poster and Sign Collection, 1977-2017. MS-00842. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dennis McBride Collection on LGBTQ Las Vegas, Nevada 1990-2017. MS-00802. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

Dennis McBride Personal Papers, approximately 1920-2021. MS-01099. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS01099
Acquisition Note

Materials were donated in 2022 by Dennis McBride; accession number 2022-024.

Processing Note

In 2022, Sarah Jones created the collection-level finding aid in ArchivesSpace.

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