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About the Project


This project was made possible through  funding from the Nevada State Library and Archives under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), P.L. 108-91, as amended, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a “Nation of Learners,” because lifelong learning is critical to success.

Collaborative Partnership

UNLV would like to thank Mark Hall-Patton at the Clark County Museum and David Millman, Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas, for generously contributing their material for digitization and inclusion in Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years.  Please visit these cultural heritage institutions online to learn more about Nevada history.


The selection of the material was performed by Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections.  Read more about the collections...

Depending on size and condition, materials were scanned using either the Contex Magnum XL 54 oversize scanner with EasyScan 7.1 scanning software, the Epson Expression 10000X scanner using EPSON Scan Ver. 2.94A scanning software, or the Zeutschel rare book scanner and Omniscan software. The high-resolution (300-1600 dpi) uncompressed TIFF image files were then converted into the JPEG2000 format. Master images (high-resolution TIFF files) are archived in the Web and Digitization Unit of the Libraries.

The collection was built using CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. Dublin Core metadata was created for each item and entered into the database. To increase successful resource discovery, research was done by indexers and a variety of access points were included in the project metadata: “Creator,” “City and County,” “Original date,” “Geographical Landmarks (including mines),” “Sites (of built structures),” “Subject,” and in some cases Nevada-specific “Local Subjects”. Terms were chosen by using controlled vocabulary from the Library of Congress' Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I.

Peter Michel and Kelli Luchs provided narrative structure for the website and contributed text and scholarly content for each of the subject pages. The Teacher & Educator pages and all content, including the teaching activities, were developed by Christy Keeler, PhD.

Project Team

  • Diane Briel, Metadata Specialist (grant-funded)
  • Alex Dolski, Web & Digitization Application Developer
  • Brian Egan,  Web Graphics/Multimedia Designer
  • Priscilla Finley, Humanities Librarian and History Department Liaison
  • John Fox, Information Systems Specialist
  • Christy Keeler, PhD, Education Consultant (grant-funded)
  • Cory Lampert, Digitization Projects Librarian
  • Kelli Luchs, Special Collections Researcher (grant-funded)
  • Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections
  • Kathy Rankin, Special Collections Cataloger
  • Annie Sattler, Digitization Technician/Indexer
  • Jason Vaughan, Director of Library Technologies
  • Claire White, Digital Collections Intern (grant-funded)
  • Michael Yunkin, Web Content Manager/Usability Specialist


Not to be reproduced without permission. To purchase copies of images and/or for copyright information, contact University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, Special Collections. Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years 1900-1925 is published by University of Nevada Las Vegas, University Libraries, May 2009.


For more information or to access original materials and reproductions please contact UNLV Libraries Special Collections at (702) 895-2234. For comments about the website or digitization process please contact Cory Lampert (702) 895-2209. We welcome comments and suggestions regarding this digital collection.

Phone: (702) 895-2209

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Las Vegas, NV 89154-7010


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