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Eddie Eliscu oral history interviews

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Oral history interviews with Eddie Eliscu conducted by Arnold Shaw between approximately 1986-1987 for the Arnold Shaw Oral History Project on Las Vegas Entertainers. In these interviews, Eliscu reflects upon his career in entertainment, from serving as a social director at Camp Copake, New York to songwriting for stage and film. He describes his upbringing in a non-musical family, his first performances, and the more prominent professional developments of his career.

Ronald Sharp Collection on MAD Building for Project Rover

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The Ronald Sharp Collection on MAD Building for Project Rover (approximately 1958-1963) contains a brochure and photographs of the Maintenance, Assembly, and Disassembly (MAD) Building for Project Rover located at the Nuclear Rocket Development Station at the Nevada Test Site. The MAD building was one of the major centers for testing activities for Project Rover which was a United States project to develop a nuclear-thermal rocket.

Claes Oldenburg Photograph

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The Claes Oldenburg Photograph consists of a single black-and-white photograph taken by Patricia Mortati in March 1981 of sculptor Claes Oldenburg. The photograph depicts Oldenburg watching the installation of the Flashlight, which is reflected in a window behind Oldenburg. The Flashlight is steel sculpture created by Oldenburg and artist Coosje Van Bruggen for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's campus.

Ruby Gordon oral history interview

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Oral history interview with Ruby Gordon conducted by Claytee D. White on October 29, 2004 for the African Americans in Las Vegas: a Collaborative Oral History Project. In this interview, Gordon talks about her birth and early upbringing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Las Vegas, Nevada, where her parents moved when she was seven years old. She discusses her parent's decision to move for better opportunities and the kind of work they did, then speaks extensively about her education through high school, her early marriage, and raising six children.

Clement Bernier oral history presentation

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Oral history presentation by Clement "Clem" Bernier for an unidentified audience of students, approximately 1977. In his presentation, Bernier identifies himself as a "hotel man" and explains that he has been general manager of the Hacienda Hotel and Casino for a year and considered it a very different challenge to his earlier years in hotel management. He discusses how he became a hotel general manager, the work involved in learning the trade, and the differences between managing a regular hotel and managing a hotel and casino. He also asks and takes questions from the audience.

James Deacon lecture for UNLV "Man and the Environment" course

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Closing lecture presented by Dr. James E. Deacon on May 17, 1974 for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Environmental Studies course "Man and the Environment." Deacon presents his students with a question of what makes "man" unique among all the creatures of the Earth and suggests that it begins with the ratio of brain to brawn. He reminds them that the course was considered as much a social science as a natural science because of the questions it had posed them, and mentions the involvement of UNLV history professor Dr. Scott Locicero.

Willis Clark Evans oral history interview

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Oral history interview with Willis Clark Evans conducted by Bernard Timberg on February 5, 1974 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. In this interview, Evans discusses his father, Native American archaeologist Willis Lyman Evans, his mother, Jessie Dave Evans, his uncle, Henry "Hank" Dave as he recounts his upbringing and family history. He shares memories of family trips around the United States, hunting trips, learning traditional crafts from his father, finding artifacts, and visiting Richard "Chick" Perkins at the Lost City Museum.

Harold Minsky oral history interview

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Oral history interview with Harold Minsky conducted by an unidentified interviewer on August 15, 1973 for the UNLV University Libraries Oral History Collection. In this interview, Minsky discusses his upbringing, education, and early work history in the entertainment business. He talks about his desire to join the family business despite his father's encouragement to study law. He speaks at length about how his father, Abe, and his three uncles started their burlesque business in a building owned by his grandfather.

Richard "Chick" Perkins oral history interview

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Oral history interview with Richard "Chick" Perkins conducted by an unidentified interviewer on February 5, 1974 for the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project. In this interview Perkins responds to questions about the history of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Pueblo de Grande archaelogical site, and the Lost City, Museum in Overton, Nevada. He provides a detailed response to questions about the indigenous peoples of the southern Nevada area, looking at their customs, culture, and perceptions regarding white settlement in the area.

George Kielak oral history presentation

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Oral history presentation by George Kielak to an unidentified group recorded on February 1, 2007. In his talk, Kielak explains that he was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929 and was nine years old when Germany occupied the country. He describes what it was like living under the German occupation forces and comments that of all the occupied countries during World War II, Poland suffered the most severe restrictions and punishments. He then outlines the progress of the war from 1939 to 1944, a period in which he joined the Polish resistance movement.

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