Special Collections and Archives in the UNLV University Libraries will receive a $100,000 Humanities Gain Access To Grant from the National Endowment for the Liberal arts for a project to document the contributions of Latino communities to the development of Southern Nevada.
“Latino Voices in Southern Nevada” is a narrative history and community engagement project focused on expanding the variety of the voices that Unique Collections and Archives protects. The task will include students in connecting with the community, and engage numerous generations in reviewing the lives and experiences of the area’s Hispanic citizens.
“Latinx people and groups have contributed in Southern Nevada’s history since Raphael Rivera first spotted the Las Vegas springs in 1829,” said Michelle Light, director of Unique Collections and Archives. “With our objective to document and maintain the history of Southern Nevada, it is essential that we catch the stories of these key neighborhoods that have had a major influence on our past, present, and into the future.”
Since this is an obstacle grant, the UNLV University Libraries should raise $100,000 in external funding for the two-year grant task for the NEH to match this support.
“The liberal arts use us a path toward comprehending ourselves, our neighbors, our country,” NEH Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede stated in a news release announcing 253 NEH grants awarded across the country. “These brand-new NEH grants exemplify the firm’s dedication to serving American neighborhoods through investing in education initiatives, securing cultural treasures, and lighting up the history and worths that specify our shared heritage.”
Under the guidance of Claytee White, director of the Oral History Proving Ground at UNLV University Libraries, UNLV trainees will conduct a minimum of 90 narrative histories with people from a range of backgrounds covering topics such as migration and settlement, aspirations and difficulties, domesticity, work and economic issues, faith and culture, gender, neighborhoods and services, politics, social and neighborhood occasions, discrimination, advocacy, and more.
“By providing this experience for trainees, we hope they will be influenced to get involved more knowledgeably and actively in the community,” stated White. “It will also enhance their critical thinking and professional skills, and will assist them relate better in varied, intergenerational groups and in our multicultural society.”
The students will be trained to carry out research study to better comprehend the historical contexts of the interviews, and they will be mentored in the best ways to ask probing questions, listen seriously and compassionately, and communicate expertly in a variety of scenarios and with diverse populations.
UNLV University Libraries will also host three neighborhood occasions to expand historical understanding, promote gratitude of human stories, and foster dialogue on concerns of concern in Latino neighborhoods.
Unique Collections and Archives works to gather and protect the history of Southern Nevada. The division of the UNLV University Libraries has conducted similar jobs documenting the history of the African American and Jewish neighborhoods in Southern Nevada. To find out more about Special Collections and Archives, visit www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/