Search the Special Collections and Archives Portal

KLVX Steamboats on the Colorado Photograph Collection (PH-00156)

Abstract

The KLVX Steamboats on the Colorado Photograph Collection contains photographic prints and negatives used by the Las Vegas, Nevada television station KLVX (Channel 10) for a documentary on steamboats in the Southwest United States between approximately 1870 and 1979. KLVX made this documentary for the Arizona American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and the Nevada American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, who jointly funded the documentary’s production. Some of these photographs may be reproductions of originals gathered during the research for the documentary.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1870 to 1979
Extent
1.79 Cubic Feet (5 hanging folders, 3 oversized boxes, and 1 shared box of negatives)
6.40 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
Creator/Contributor Links
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.

Collection Type
Scope and Contents

The KLVX Steamboats on the Colorado Photograph Collection contains photographic prints and negatives used by the Las Vegas, Nevada television station KLVX (Channel 10) for a documentary on steamboats in the Southwest United States between approximately 1870 and 1979. KLVX made this documentary for the Arizona American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and the Nevada American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, who jointly funded the documentary’s production. Some of these photographs may be reproductions of originals gathered during the research for the documentary.

These photographs primarily depict steamboats navigating the Colorado River, but also feature locations in Arizona including Yuma, Ehrenberg, Fort Mojave, La Paz, and Prescott. Other locations in the collection include Port Isabel, Texas; Searchlight, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Francisco, California. The remainder of the collection depicts views of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam), and Native Americans from around the Southwest United States.

Biographical / Historical Note

In preparation for the United States' bicentennial celebration in 1976, KLVX (Channel 10) in Las Vegas, Nevada proposed a half-hour documentary on the steamboat service in the Southwest United States to the Arizona American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and the Nevada American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, who jointly funded the project. KLVX assigned Hank Tester to produce the documentary, and contracted with Richard (Dick) Yates of Arizona Western University to write the treatment and script.

Yates and Tester pulled historical facts and photos from repositories throughout the Southwest as well as from the Library of Congress. After shooting concluded in late spring of 1976, the documentary appeared on stations throughout Nevada, southern Utah, Arizona, and southern California.

Source:

American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. The Bicentennial Times. 1974-1976. Accessed March 25, 2020. https://books.google.com/books?id=ZCs1d2Lg73cC

Arrangement

Materials remain as they were received.

Related Materials

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

KLVX Steamboats on the Colorado Records, 1852-1976. MS-00201. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

KLVX Steamboats on the Colorado Photograph Collection, approximately 1870-1979. PH-00156. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::PH00156
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 1976 by Ronald Hawley; accession number 76-228.

Processing Information

In 2020, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Jimmy Chang wrote the finding aid and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.

Finding Aid Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
English