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UNLV Libraries Collection on the UNLV Mascot and Other University Symbols (MS-01004)

Abstract

The UNLV Libraries Collection on the UNLV Mascot and Other University Symbols (approximately 1970-2020) is comprised of eleven conceptual drawings of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas logos, proposed university official emblems, and mascots including “Hey Reb!". The collection also includes a costume for the "Hey Reb!" mascot.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1970 to 2020
Extent
12.89 Cubic Feet (1 oversized box, 1 unboxed item)
4.61 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

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Scope and Contents

The UNLV Libraries Collection on the UNLV Mascot and Other University Symbols (approximately 1970-2020) is comprised of eleven conceptual drawings of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas logos, proposed university official emblems, and mascots including “Hey Reb!". The collection also includes a costume for the "Hey Reb!" mascot.

Biographical / Historical Note

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public research university located in Las Vegas, Nevada and was officially founded in 1957. Since its creation, the UNLV mascot has undergone several changes due to public outcry and controversy regarding Confederate symbolism. Used until 1973, the original mascot for UNLV was a wolf named "Beauregard" that was adorned with a grey Confederate uniform. After several African-American student athletes protested depictions of the confederate symbols, UNLV changed its mascot to a sun with "UNLV" written about its circumference. In 1983, Las Vegas artist Mike Miller designed conceptual mascots to replace a short-lived minuteman mascot, thereby creating the first iteration of "Hey Reb!", a mountaineer who represents independence from the University of Nevada, Reno. As of 2020, "Hey Reb!" is the official mascot of UNLV.

Source:

"Hey Reb! and "Rebels" Nickname." UNLV Campus Life. Last modified 2019. https://www.unlv.edu/campuslife/mascot-nickname.

Arrangement

Materials remain as they were received.

Related Materials

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

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Alumni Association Sports Memorabilia Collection, 1970s-1997. UA-00069. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike Miller Papers, 1971-2014. MS-00715. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

UNLV Libraries Collection on the UNLV Mascot and Other University Symbols, approximately 1970-2020. MS-01004. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS01004
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred periodically to UNLV Special Collections and Archives; accession numbers 2019-155, 2021-096.

Processing Information

In 2020, Joseph Puentes processed, rehoused and arranged the materials, wrote the finding aid, and entered the data into ArchivesSpace. In 2021, Tammi Kim processed the 2021 addition and updated the finding aid.

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