The Bob Coffin Political Papers (approximately 1861-2021) document the political career of independent Democrat Bob Coffin who served in the Nevada Assembly, State Senate, and Las Vegas City Council from 1983 to 2019. Collection materials primarily consist of legislative research files associated with Coffin's committee assignments. City Council records in this collection include budget files, constituent concerns, and city project files. The collection also includes election materials used for Coffin's political campaigns and include posters, mailers, as well as newspaper clippings and information on Coffin's opponents.
Oral history interview with Yvanna Cancela conducted by Monserrath Hernández and Barbara Tabach on February 27, 2020 for the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada Oral History Project.
Yvanna Cancela, Nevada State Senator, discusses her personal history growing up in Miami, Florida and her studies at Northwestern University. She talks of working for Senator Harry Reid's campaign in Las Vegas, which led to her organizing efforts for the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. Yvanna recalls being appointed to the Nevada State Senate in 2016 as the first female state senate majority. In addition to fulfilling her duties as the Co-Majority Whip, she worked on the Joe Biden campaign and is the Executive Director of the Citizenship Project. After this interview was conducted, Yvanna received her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Subjects discussed include: Miami, Florida; Nevada State Senate; The Citizenship Project
The Woodrow Wilson Photograph Collection consists of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives. The images depict black elected government leaders attending the first Conference of Black Elected Officials held in Washington, D.C. in September 1969. Of particular interest are images of Nevada's first black state legislator, Woodrow Wilson; Georgia state representative, Julian Bond; and President Richard Nixon.
The Albert S. Henderson Photograph Collection (1860s-1959) primarily contains black-and-white photographic prints of Albert S. Henderson and his family. Also included in the collection are photographic prints of Henderson during his tenure as a Nevada legislator and district judge. Other materials include postcards, negatives, and a tintype.
The Chris Giunchigliani Political Papers (1986-2019) document Giunchigliani's career as a member of the Nevada Assembly as well as her involvement as a Clark County Commissioner. The majority of the collection is a "newspaper and document archive" which consists of media articles and newspaper clippings collected by Giunchigliani's office that mention Giunchigliani throughout her political career. The collection also includes campaign materials such as mailers and photographs. Interviews Giunchigliani did with local news networks in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as televised campaign advertisements for the Clark County Commission election are represented in the collection. Other materials include legislative research files for bills on gypsum reclamation, development near Red Rock Canyon, education reform, and funding to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas. The collection also includes a certificate of commendation from Senator Harry Reid and thank you cards from schoolchildren.
Oral history interview with Moises ‘Mo’ Denis conducted by Marcela Rodriguez-Campo on January 11, 2019 for the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada Oral History Project. In this interview, Denis discusses his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York and how his parents emigrated from Cuba. He recalls moving to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1967, his parents' employment at the Sands Hotel and Casino, and converting from Catholicism to Mormonism. Denis talks about the formation of a Spanish-language Church of Latter-Day Saints in Las Vegas, his missionary work in Uruguay, and describes what it felt like to return to the United States. Later, Denis discusses his involvement in public services, his efforts to elect more Latinx politicians in Nevada, and being appointed as an assemblyman for the Nevada Legislature. He talks about his focus on education issues, supporting English language learners, and immigration reform at the national level. Lastly, Dennis describes the Hispanic Caucus and becoming Nevada State Senator for District 2.
The Levi Walter Syphus Papers date from 1889 to 1930 and document the activities of Levi Walter Syphus (1866-1949), a southern Nevada pioneer and state legislator. The collection contains a financial ledger, meeting minutes of the Board of Control of the Lincoln County Experiment Farm, and records of experiments in refining magnesite.
Oral history interview with Joseph Digles conducted by Kathleen Wilcox on March 01, 1980 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. Digles discusses his career as an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper and the Las Vegas- Review Journal. He also describes his personal experiences with: the Riviera and Fremont Hotels, Howard Hughes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) early years, and assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
R. Ian Ross talks about his family moving to Las Vegas, Nevada from Los Angeles, California and working at the Sands Hotel and Casino as a busboy. He then discusses starting a law firm with Jerry Snyder and Oscar Goodman, starting his own law firm, serving as an assemblyman, investing in real estate, and serving as president of the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Irmalee discusses her family moving to Las Vegas from Reno, Nevada, being an active member of various social organizations, and working as a teacher.
The Thomas Hickey Political Papers (1964-1996) contain the professional files of Hickey’s career as a Nevada State Assemblyman and Senator. Materials include constituent correspondence, voting records, memoranda, newspaper clippings, bills, and research documentation on topics such as the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), education, health, prisons, finance, and Nevada infrastructure. The collection highlights Hickey’s role on committees including finance, transportation, government affairs, and ways and means.