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Muriel Stevens Papers (MS-00269)

Abstract

The Muriel Stevens Papers (1969-2006) consist of materials documenting Stevens' career as a television cooking show host and newspaper columnist in Las Vegas, Nevada. Newspaper articles, correspondence, ephemera, certificates, and photographs provide information about her career, and to a lesser extent, her personal life. The collection also includes publications and records documenting the Nevada State Dairy Commission and the Las Vegas hospitality industry. The Video Recordings series consists mainly of episodes of the Muriel Stevens Show.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1969 to 2006
Extent
35.7 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 shared box; videotapes shelved)
6 digital_files (0.839 GB) VOB
Resource Type
Papers
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Scope and Contents

The Muriel Stevens Papers (1969-2006) consist of materials documenting Stevens' career as a television cooking show host and newspaper columnist in Las Vegas, Nevada. Newspaper articles, restaurant reviews, correspondence, ephemera, certificates, and photographs provide information about her career, and to a lesser extent, her personal life. The collection also includes recipes from Stevens' columns, Cooking with Love and The Good Table, as well as recipes from her television show. The collection also includes meeting transcripts and a publication from the Nevada State Dairy Commission, which Stevens served on. Las Vegas' hospitality industry is documented in this collection by hotel publications, event planning records, menus, press kits and ephemera. The collection also includes photographs of Nat Hart at Caesar's Palace and his gourmet cooking school. The Video Recordings series consists mainly of episodes of the Muriel Stevens Show.

Biographical / Historical Note

Muriel Stevens (1925-2016) was a former newspaper columnist, author, chef, community leader, restaurant critic, and radio and television host. Born December 22, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1954. Stevens is known for her radio and television shows, which focused on food, nutrition, and consumer issues. She hosted a one-hour daily radio talk show for eight years before moving to television, where celebrity guests joined her on The Muriel Stevens Show to cook their favorite meals. She published The Muriel Stevens Cookbook in 1975 and also wrote for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Stevens was a founder of the Consumer League of Nevada and served as president of the Nevada Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. In 1975 she was appointed to the Nevada Dairy Commission by Governor Mike O'Callaghan, and was also later appointed to the Consumer Advisory Council by President Gerald Ford. Muriel Stevens was married to television producer Maury Stevens, with whom she had daughter Robin Stevens Greenspun. Muriel Stevens passed away on December 12, 2016 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

"Muriel Stevens." Las Vegas Review Journal, December 13, 2016. Accessed December 14, 2016. http://obits.reviewjournal.com/obituaries/lvrj/obituary.aspx?n=muriel-stevens&pid=183077119&fhid=9374.

Arrangement

Materials remain in original order.

Preferred Citation

Muriel Stevens Papers, 1969-2006. MS-00269. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS00269
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 1986 by Muriel Stevens and in 2016; accession numbers 1986-067 and 2016-050.

Processing Information

Materials were processed by Special Collections staff. In 2015, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Angela Moor and Emily Lapworth revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards. 2016 addition was processed by Tammi Kim.

Separated Materials

The cookbooks that were acquired as part of this collection have been separated and described individually in the University Libraries' catalog.

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