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Cultural Focus Tours Research Notes


The Cultural Focus Tours Research Notes (1989-1990) contain background information about historical locations and topics in Las Vegas's history used by Cultural Focus Tours, a division of the Allied Arts Council of Nevada. Cultural Focus Tours, developed by historic preservationist Elizabeth von til Warren, provided tours of historic landmarks around Las Vegas, Nevada including the Hoover Dam, Nevada Test Site, Valley of Fire, Old Spanish Trail, and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. Materials also include the 40th anniversary issue of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.

Oscar B. Goodman Papers


The Oscar B. Goodman Papers (1888-2008) are comprised of records produced by Oscar Goodman from his time as a criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. This includes working, legal, and evidence files from his own individual practice and his time as a partner at various law firms. The collection contains case files, wiretap tapes and transcripts, administrative files, and files relating to the legal affairs of his wife, Carolyn Goodman. The collection also contains the working files of David Chesnoff, lawyer and Goodman's former legal partner.

Nancy Wier Papers on Rock Art in Southern Nevada


The Nancy Wier Papers on Rock Art in Southern Nevada (approximately 1930-2003) contain photographs, notes, research, and publications focused on rock art (rock writing) found in the Southern Nevada Region. Wier founded the Southern Nevada Rock Art Enthusiasts (SNRAE) in 1992, and the photograph albums document trips across Nevada, Southern California, Utah, and Arizona. The photograph albums are grouped by site location, and the description was taken directly from Wier's albums. The majority of the collection documents rock writings in Southern Nevada.

Maria LaCavera Papers


The Maria LaCavera Papers (1947-2017) contain the papers of professional dancer Maria LaCavera. The collection documents the career of LaCavera dancing in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Flamingo Hotel in 1947, and the Last Frontier Hotel in 1949 as one of the Ramona Girls dancing in the Danny O'Neil Varieties Act. Materials include photographs of LaCavera and other Ramona Girls, newspaper clippings, correspondence, LaCavera's American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) employment contracts, Fabulous Las Vegas magazines, and hotel receipts.

Rich Rizzo Professional Papers


The Rich Rizzo Professional Papers (approximately 1960-2022) are comprised largely of photographs documenting the life of Las Vegas, Nevada dancer and choreographer Rich Rizzo in shows such as Jubilee! and Lido de Paris in Las Vegas and in Paris, France. The photographs show rehearsal and performances, Rizzo with his partner and fellow choreographer Winston Helmsley, dancers and showgirls, Donn Arden, and Miss Bluebell.

Erica Mosca Papers


Erica Mosca Papers (approximately 1986-2023) contain photographs, memorabilia, and training materials documenting Nevada State Assemblywoman Erica V. Mosca's early childhood, education, and political career. Photographs document Mosca's early education and her graduation from Boston University, her teaching career as a 5th grade teacher for Goldfarb Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and her activities as founder and executive director of the "Leaders in Training" nonprofit organization.

James McQuade Erotic Comics


The James McQuade Erotic Comics (approximately 1970-2022) contain 12 copies of James McQuade's Adventures of Misty and two issues of his Misty & The Valkyries adult comic books published by Forbidden Fruit in the early 1990s. The materials also contain original sketch pads, clippings, email correspondence, and source materials used in McQuade's artwork.

Hank deLespinasse Photographs


The Hank deLespinasse Photographs (approximately 1950-2010) contain the professional work of Hank deLespinasse while working in Las Vegas, Nevada. The photographs document a variety of events in the region. DeLespinasse photographed for Sports Illustrated and covered regional news events for Time, Newsweek, and other local, national, and international publications. The collection contains 35mm negatives, slides, and contact sheets arranged by assignment number.

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