The MGM Mirage Corporation Records date from 1970 to 2010 and consist of the records of the Las Vegas, Nevada based global entertainment company. The collection contains organizational records, employee newsletters, files about the MGM Mirage diversity and inclusion initiative, correspondence, reports on gambling addiction, gambling statistics, press clippings, and audiovisual materials. There are also photographs, photographic slides, and photographic negatives of performers, corporate executives, and MGM Mirage properties.
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Scope and Contents Note
The MGM Mirage Corporation Records date from 1970 to 2010 and consist of the records of the Las Vegas, Nevada based global entertainment company. These records include organizational records, employee newsletters, hotel brochures and ephemera, correspondence, reports on gambling addiction, gambling statistics, and press clippings. There are audiovisual materials covering boxing events, interviews with Steve Wynn, and footage of MGM Mirage properties. The visual materials series consists of photographs, photographic slides, and photographic negatives of performers, corporate executives, and MGM Mirage properties.
One series is devoted to the company's efforts to implement a diversity and inclusion initiative. This series contains annual diversity reports, diversity committee meeting minutes and correspondence, budgets, draft minority inclusion plans, presentations, hotel occupancy and revenue reports based on demographic, Las Vegas visitor statistics, research notes, minority supplier and contractor guides, and information about conferences and events for minority-and women-owned businesses. Some audiovisual material has been digitized and is noted at the file level of the inventory.
Collection is open for research with the exception of materials that are closed in accordance with Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 463.120. Restrictions are noted at the file level of this inventory. Where use copies do not exist, production of use copies is required before access will be granted; this may delay research requests. Arrangements must be made in advance to access digital files; please contact UNLV Special Collections and Archives for additional information.
Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.
These records are organized into eight series:
Series I. Organizational records, 1989-2004;
Series II. Diversity and inclusion initiative files, 1997-2004;
Series III. Mandalay Resort Group correspondence, 2002-2005;
Series IV. Gambling, 1992-2003;
Series V. Marketing, promotional materials, and events, 1973-2009;
Series VI. Visual materials, 1970-2002;
Series VII. Press clippings, 1983-2003;
Series VIII. Audiovisual, 1982-2005.
Biographical / Historical Note
The company now known as MGM Resorts International is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based gaming and hospitality company that owns and operates 27 unique offerings throughout the United States and Asia. The company’s roots can be traced back to 1969 when Kirk Kerkorian, owner of Tracinda Corporation, a private investment firm, built the Martin Stern Jr. designed International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. At that time, the International Hotel was the world’s largest hotel. That same year, Kerkorian purchased the movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and in 1973 built the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip with Martin Stern Jr. as designer. The MGM Grand would take the title as the world’s largest hotel at that time. In 1986, Grand Name Co. was formed and renamed MGM Grand Inc. a year later. The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino was sold to Bally Manufacturing in 1986, who renamed the hotel Bally’s. In 1993, Kerkorian built a new MGM Grand in Las Vegas that again would be the world’s largest hotel complex at that time.
In 1999, MGM Grand Inc. acquired Primadonna Resorts from Gary Primm. This added Whiskey Pete’s, Buffalo Bill’s and the Primm Valley Resort, all in Primm, Nevada to MGM’s portfolio.
In 2000, Kirk Kerkorian approached Steve Wynn, owner of Mirage Resorts Inc., with an offer to purchase his company at $17 a share. The offer was rejected but later a deal was reached at $21 a share. With this deal, MGM Grand Inc. now known as MGM Mirage, acquired fully or shares of: Mirage Hotel and Casino, Bellagio, Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, Boardwalk, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Golden Nugget Laughlin, and Beau Rivage in Mississippi.
In 2005, MGM Mirage acquired Mandalay Resort Group adding to it’s portfolio: Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus, and THEhotel. In 2010, the company was renamed MGM Resorts International to reflect the brand as a global entertainment company.
“Company,” MGM Resorts, accessed April 17, 2018. https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/company.html.
“MGM Resorts International Company Profile,” UNLV Center for Gaming Research, accessed April 17, 2018. gaming.unlv.edu/abstract/fin_mgm.html.
- Kirk Kerkorian purchased Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
- International Hotel opened. Designed by Martin Stern Jr.
- MGM Grand Hotel opened.
- Grand Name Co. became subsidiary of Tracinda Corporation.
- Company renamed MGM Grand Inc.
- Acquired Mirage Resorts from Steve Wynn. Company renamed MGM Mirage.
- Acquired Mandalay Resort Group.
- Company renamed MGM Resorts International.
MGM Mirage Corporation Records, 1970-2010. MS-00096. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were collected in multiple accessions; accession numbers 2006-029, 2008-026, 2011-008, 2009-026, 2013-14, and 2013-026. Additional materials were donated in 2002 by Alan Feldman; accession number 2002-11 and 2021-132.
Materials were processed in 2013 by Joyce Moore. In 2018, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Brooks Whittaker rehoused the materials, and revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards. In 2020, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Melise Leech added additional materials and revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.