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MGM Grand Hotel Fire Photographs (PH-00435)

Abstract

The MGM Grand Hotel Fire Photographs (1980) is comprised of twenty-eight photographic prints of the MGM Grand Hotel fire, which occurred on November 21, 1980. Photographs show the hotel-casino on fire as well as the resulting damages to the property. The photographs were taken by the Tracinda Corporation which was MGM Grand Hotel owner Kirk Kerkorian's investment holding company.

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Date
1980
Extent
0.22 Cubic Feet (1 oversized box)
1.0 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
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Collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents

The MGM Grand Hotel Fire Photographs (1980) is comprised of twenty-eight photographic prints of the MGM Grand Hotel fire, which occurred on November 21, 1980. Photographs show the hotel-casino on fire as well as the resulting damages to the property. The photographs were taken by the Tracinda Corporation which was MGM Grand Hotel owner Kirk Kerkorian's investment holding company.

Biographical / Historical Note

On the morning of November 21, 1980 a fire broke out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 87 people died and over 700 were injured as a result. During the investigation, it was determined that the fire originated from The Deli, one of the five restaurants on the hotel. The Deli was one of the areas on the property that was not sprinklered and did not include heat and smoke detectors. The MGM Grand Hotel fire resulted in improved fire-safety regulation reforms including sprinklers, automatic alarms, room-by-room alerts, and pressurized elevator shafts and stairways.

Sources:

Toplikar, Dave. "MGM Grand, Hilton fires led to improved safety codes." Las Vegas Sun, November 21, 2012. https://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/nov/21/mgm-grand-hilton-fires-led-improved-safety-codes/.

"MGM." Clark County, Nevada Fire Department. Accessed December 11, 2020. http://fire.co.clark.nv.us/MGM.aspx

Arrangement

Materials remain as they were received.

Preferred Citation

MGM Grand Hotel Fire Photographs, 1980. PH-00435. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

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US::NVLN::PH-00435
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by the Tracinda Corporation in 2020; accession number 2020-097.

Processing Information

In 2020, Tammi Kim minimally processed the materials during accessioning and created the finding aid in ArchivesSpace.

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