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Agnes and Emory Lockette oral history interview

Identifier
OH-01133
Abstract

Oral history interview with Agnes and Emory Lockette conducted by Claytee D. White on March 11, 2004 for the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project. In this interview, Agnes and Emory discuss their early lives and their experience living in Boulder City, Nevada since the early 1950s. Emory talks about his education as an engineer, his employment with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and race relations in Boulder City at the time. Agnes recalls her career in education and teaching at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lastly, Emory discusses water resource management in the southwest region of the United States.

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William Fulton Papers

Identifier
MS-01056
Abstract

The William Fulton Papers (1993-1996) contains Fulton's research files used in writing his book, The reluctant metropolis: the politics of urban growth in Los Angeles. The materials primarily consist of newspaper clippings that cover stories on the growth of Los Angeles residents moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, water, economic development, and the master planned community of Summerlin. The majority of newspaper clippings are from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun. The materials also include reports on economic and housing development in Southern Nevada as well as drafts of the book's Chapter 12, "Cloning Los Angeles" which discusses the growth of Las Vegas throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Nellie Bunch oral history interview

Identifier
OH-00289
Abstract

Oral history interview with Nellie Bunch conducted by Robin Ducharme on November 20, 1975 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. Bunch first talks about her settlement into the Whitney Ranch area of Henderson, Nevada, and her knowledge about the building of Hoover (Boulder) Dam. She also talks about the early utilization of water resources from Lake Mead, early sources of power, and the early use of evaporative coolers. Bunch also speaks about her experience as a postmaster and later discusses telephone technology and the early churches of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Howard Cannon oral history interview

Identifier
OH-00332
Abstract

Oral history interview with Howard Cannon conducted by K.J. Evans on September 28, 1998 for the Las Vegas Review-Journal First 100 Oral History Project. Cannon discusses his political involvement and working for the Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office. He then talks about his service in the Air National Guard during World War II and creating Nellis Air Force Base. Cannon also mentions his interactions with presidents, his thoughts on the Vietnam War, his support for civil rights, and his stance as a lawmaker.

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Verna Chadwick oral history interview

Identifier
OH-00358
Abstract

Oral history interview with Verna Chadwick conducted by Keri Wright on February 24, 1979 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. Chadwick first talks about her early life in Utah, and some of the activities in which she took part when first arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada. She then talks about her involvement in Cub Scouts, her church membership, political involvement, recreational activities, atomic testing, the first stores, casinos, and Las Vegas utilities during the 1950s, particularly water. The interview finalized with a discussion on social changes and the changes in prices of goods over the years.

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Elbert Edwards oral history interview

Identifier
OH-00520
Abstract

Oral history interview with Elbert Edwards conducted by Ronald Johns in 1972 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. Edwards discusses his work in Las Vegas, Nevada public schools during the Great Depression. The two also discuss the Hoover (Boulder) Dam, Edwards’ involvement in politics, and mining in Nevada. He also talks about the development of Boulder City, Nevada, the early territorial boundaries of Nevada and Utah, the atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site, and early water sources in Southern Nevada.

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Louis F. Evans oral history interview

Identifier
OH-00555
Abstract

Oral history interview with Louis Evans conducted by Jeannette Lonpergan on February 17, 1976 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. Evans discusses his earliest recollections of the Nellis Air Force Base and the McCarran Airport. Evans also discusses the development of roads, employment, religious activities, housing, early above ground atomic tests, and environmental changes in Nevada.

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Max Velasquez oral history interview

Identifier
OH-01875
Abstract

Oral history interview with Max Velasquez conducted by Janice F. Hurtubise on March 08, 1981 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. In this interview, Velasquez discusses his personal history as a construction worker in Las Vegas, Nevada. He describes the construction projects he worked on and the differences between 1950s construction and construction at the current time. Velasquez goes on to discuss the government regulations workers had to follow, how water pipelines were laid, and the types of equipment used in construction. Lastly, Velasquez talks about the bidding process for contractors and environmental changes in Las Vegas.

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Tona Siefert oral history interview

Identifier
OH-01698
Abstract

Oral history interview with Tona Siefert conducted by Lisa Becker on February 25, 1977 for the Ralph Roske Oral History Project on Early Las Vegas. In this interview, Siefert discusses her personal history and a comprehensive history of the evolution of Las Vegas, Nevada. Siefert discusses how her father, James Cashman Sr., and her mother met and founded Las Vegas' oldest automobile dealership, education in Las Vegas, and prominent politicians that have represented or visited Nevada, such as Senator Key Pittman and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Siefert also discusses the establishment of the Helldorado Festival by the Elks Lodge, the construction of Cashman Stadium, development of the Strip in Las Vegas, and other changes that have occurred in the city. Siefert goes on to discuss the founding of the Women of Service League, union protests, and issues with water management in Las Vegas.

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A. J. Shaver Papers

Identifier
MS-00155
Abstract

A. J. Shaver Papers (1925-1964) include hearings, reports, Senate bills, bulletins, and surveys regarding the Boulder Canyon Project/Colorado River Development. There are also papers about Marienne Shaver's involvement in the Las Vegas High School Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) and the Girl Scouts of America (GSA), including minutes, correspondence, notes, and brochures.

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