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Tom Hawley Papers (MS-01081)

Abstract

The Tom Hawley Papers (approximately 1955-2019) contain the personal papers of Las Vegas, Nevada based traffic and transportation reporter, Tom Hawley. The collection primarily includes physical and digital materials that represent Hawley's interests in Las Vegas history; transportation issues in the Las Vegas Valley, including the Las Vegas Monorail and Resort Corridor Project; and his work as a traffic and transportation reporter for KSNV Channel 3. Materials from KSNV include video clips and transcripts of Video Vault, a segment on the history of Las Vegas hosted by Hawley. Other materials in this collection include ephemera, postcards, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia on Las Vegas entertainment and gaming. The collection also includes papers and memorabilia representing Hawley's activities as a string bass player for the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and files kept by his parents on Marta Becket and the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, California.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1955 to 2019
Extent
3.12 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 3 oversized boxes, 1 flat file)
8.47 Linear Feet
11,458 digital_files (111.000 GB) BMP, DOCX, EWC2, GIF, JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP3, MP4, MTS, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIF, TXT, WAV, WPD, XLSX, ZIP
Resource Type
Papers
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Collection is open for research. Arrangements must be made in advance to access digital files; please contact UNLV Special Collections and Archives for additional information.

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Scope and Contents

The Tom Hawley Papers (approximately 1955-2019) contain the personal papers of Las Vegas, Nevada based traffic and transportation reporter, Tom Hawley. The collection primarily includes physical and digital materials that represent Hawley's interests in Las Vegas history; transportation issues in the Las Vegas Valley, including the Las Vegas Monorail and Resort Corridor Project; and his work as a traffic and transportation reporter for KSNV Channel 3. Materials from KSNV include video clips and transcripts of Video Vault, a segment on the history of Las Vegas hosted by Hawley. Other materials in this collection include ephemera, postcards, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia on Las Vegas entertainment and gaming. The collection also includes papers and memorabilia representing Hawley's activities as a string bass player for the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and files kept by his parents on Marta Becket and the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, California.

Biographical / Historical Note

Hawley began working for KSNV Channel 3 in 1995 where he has been on air, whether it be television or radio, as a traffic reporter for Las Vegas, Nevada. He was known for reporting from helicopter rides over the city and his stories on southern Nevada history in a segment called Video Vault.

Tom Hawley was born September 10, 1962 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He grew up in both Las Vegas, New Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada, and graduated from Rancho High School in North Las Vegas. He received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he worked at the university’s radio station.

A broadcaster since 1984, Hawley began his career in radio and moved to television in 1989. The majority of his career was working as a traffic reporter in Las Vegas, Nevada, which involved going out in the field for live shots in helicopters, reporting from the studio using traffic computer programs, and preparing in-depth taped reports on transportation issues. In 2008, Hawley introduced a popular feature called Video Vault, in which he researched people, places, and events in Southern Nevada's past. An avid hiker, Hawley also reported on the outdoors in Southern Nevada. He was inducted into the Nevada Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2002, and awarded an Emmy for breaking news coverage in 2014.

Tom Hawley passed away at the age of 60 from pancreatic cancer on October 15, 2021.

Sources:

"About Tom Hawley." LinkedIn profile. Accessed September 24, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-hawley-a4a620120

"Tom Hawley, Traffic Reporter." News-3 Las Vegas. Accessed September 24, 2021. https://news3lv.com/station/people/tom-hawley-12-09-2015

Arrangement

Materials remain as they were received.

Preferred Citation

Tom Hawley Papers, approximately 1955-2019. MS-01081. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS01081
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Tom Hawley donated the materials in 2021; accession number 2021-133.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. In 2021, Tammi Kim accessioned the collection and transferred files off of one external hard drive. Tammi Kim and Sarah Jones subsequently created the finding aid in ArchivesSpace.

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