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Dorothy Eisenberg Papers (MS-00528)

Abstract

The Dorothy Eisenberg Papers (early 1900s-2009, bulk 1970-2000) are comprised of organizational records, photographs, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks reflecting her activism and volunteer work related to education, the Bullfrog County Commission, Las Vegas Clark County consolidation, League of Women Voters (LWV), Las Vegas Jewish Federation, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and Silver State Political Action Committee.

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Date
early 1900s-2009
bulk 1970-2000
Extent
2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
8 digital_files (transferred electronically; no physical carrier.)
Resource Type
Papers
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Collection is open for research. Some collection material has been digitized and is available online.

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Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Eisenberg Papers (early 1900s-2009, bulk 1970-2000) are comprised of organizational records, photographs, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks reflecting her activism and volunteer work related to education, the Bullfrog County Commission, Las Vegas Clark County consolidation, League of Women Voters (LWV), Las Vegas Jewish Federation, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and Silver State Political Action Committee. The bulk of the materials date from 1970 to 2000 and document the years Eisenberg was most active in the Las Vegas community. These materials include organizational records such as correspondence, reports, statements, meeting minutes, and publications. A small portion of the collection consists of family photographs and ephemera dating from the early 1900s to 2009.

Biographical / Historical Note

Activist and volunteer Dorothy Eisenberg (née Adler; 1928- ) has been a dedicated member of the Las Vegas, Nevada community since 1964. As a member of the League of Women Voters since 1965, and League President from 1971 to 1973, Eisenberg helped to pass environmental legislation and to desegregate the Clark County School District, in spite of threats made to her and her family. Eisenberg has served on many committees related to improving education and community services, working with the Clark County School District, local government, and organizations such as the United Way of Southern Nevada. An active member of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas for many years, Eisenberg was elected as the first woman president of the organization in 1979, and laid the groundwork for many projects in the Jewish community. She formed the Silver State PAC in 1987 to back federal candidates who were supportive of Israel, and was appointed County Commissioner for the short-lived Bullfrog County in 1988. In 1991, the Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School was named in recognition of her many significant contributions to the community and in 1996 she was elected to the Excellence in Education Hall of Fame.

Eisenberg was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1928, and moved to Philadelphia while she was a child. After graduating high school in 1946, she married businessman Ralph Weinstein in 1948 and had four daughters. Weinstein passed away in an airplane crash in 1960. After his death, Eisenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Temple University in 1964. While she was in school she met her second husband, certified public accountant Paul Eisenberg, with whom she had another daughter. The family moved to Las Vegas in 1964. Dorothy took classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to update her teaching certificate and began her long career in civic affairs.

In 1973 Eisenberg became project director of the Citizens Governmental Forum, which led to her position as vice-chair of the Citizens Committee on Consolidation. In 1974 she was appointed to the Local Governmental Employee Management Board (EMRB) by Governor O'Callaghan, and was voted its chair in 1977. Eisenberg took labor law classes in Washington, D.C. and traveled around Nevada to arbitrate cases between local government and state employees. During the 1990s, Eisenberg served on the Superintendent’s Education Opportunities Committee to update the Clark County School District (CCSD) Master Plan and Desegregation Plan, and as Vice-President of the Clark County Public Education Foundation to raise private funds for schools. She also worked on the Strategic Plan 2000 for the CCSD and helped to pass three school bond issues as a member of the School Growth Committee. Eisenberg was honored by the Public Education Foundation Board in 2014 and remains active in the Las Vegas community.

Sources:

“Dorothy Eisenberg Biography.” Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Accessed February 2, 2015. http://wrinunlv.org/research/our-history-profiles-of-nevada-women/dorothy-eisenberg/.

Eisenberg, Dorothy. Dorothy Eisenberg: an oral history conducted by Caryll Batt Dziedziak. Las Vegas: Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, Las Vegas Women Oral History Project, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2007.

1971-1973
President, League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley
1973
Project Director, Citizens Governmental Forum
Vice-Chairman, Citizens Committee on Consolidation
1974
Employee Management Relations Board
1977-1981
Chair, Employee Management Relations Board
1978
Environmental Concerns Award, Wildlife Federation
1979
Good Neighbor Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews
1979-1981
First female president, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas
1980
Long Range Planning Committee, United Way of Southern Nevada
1982
Debate Chair sponsored by the League of Women Voters
1983-1984
Vice-Chair, Nevada Power Co. Community Advisory Council
1983-1985
Chair, Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas
1983-1989
Executive Committee, United Way of Southern Nevada
1987-1995
Founded the Silver State Political Action Committee (PAC)
1988
Appointed County Commissioner of Bullfrog County, Nevada
1990
Venture Grant Chair, United Way of Southern Nevada
1991
President, Women's Democratic Club of Clark County
Vice President, Clark County Education Foundation
Dedication of the Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School
1992
Member of Superintendent's Education Opportunities Committee
1993
Elected to Hall of Fame, South Philadelphia High School
Member of Strategic Plan 2000, Clark County School District
1994
Member of School Growth Committee
1995
Coordinated the 75th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters in Nevada
Award from the School Librarians Association
1996
Elected to Hall of Fame for Excellence in Education
Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Preferred Citation

Dorothy Eisenberg Papers, early 1900s-2009. MS-00528. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00528
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 2007 by Dorothy Eisenberg; accession number 2007-08. In 2014 and 2016 Eisenberg donated digital surrogates, but retained the original items; accession number 2014-102, 2016-054.

Processing Information

Papers were processed by Joyce Moore in 2014. Digital files were processed by Meghan Gross.

Existence and Location of Originals

Some items in this collection are digital surrogates. The donor retained the original items.

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