The Thomas McLaughlin Papers (1937-1985) are comprised of newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence about real estate, the Clark County Democratic Party, and local fraternal organizations, especially the Knights of Columbus and the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in Las Vegas, Nevada. Materials also include some clippings on McLaughlin's appointment as trustee of the Las Vegas Park Racetrack in 1955.
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The Thomas McLaughlin Papers (1937-1985) are comprised of newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence about real estate, the Clark County Democratic Party, and local business and fraternal organizations. The clippings document the history of the groups to which McLaughlin belonged including: the Las Vegas Board of Realtors, the Nevada Real Estate Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He also served as director of the Las Vegas Community Chest. The collection also includes some clippings on McLaughlin's appointment as trustee of the Las Vegas Park Racetrack in 1955. There are also extensive clippings on Las Vegas, Nevada politicians, in particular the Foley family.
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Biographical / Historical Note
Las Vegas businessman Thomas J. McLaughlin (1891-1985) was born in Patterson, New Jersey and grew up in the Bronx, New York. He graduated with an A.B. from Fordham University in 1914, and later took business classes at New York University. He lived in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1939. He became a real estate broker in 1946 in Las Vegas. McLaughlin was later appointed to the Nevada Real Estate Commission. He was active in the local Democratic Party and served as a delegate to the Nevada State Democratic Central Committee. He held leadership positions in the Knights of Columbus and the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. He served as director of the Las Vegas Community Chest and was active in the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He retired from real estate in 1983 and passed away two years later on June 18, 1985.
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Thomas McLaughlin Papers, 1937-1985. MS-00247. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 1985 by Lydia Malm; accession number 85-90.
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In 2015, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Angela Moor revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.