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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Wiener-Rogers Law Library Hosts Civil Rights Exhibit at the Nevada Legislature

From April 26th through May 13th, the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law is hosting an exhibit at the Nevada Legislature in Carson City. Titled Civil Rights in Nevada: The Experience of African-Americans in Southern Nevada, the exhibit celebrates the African-American community’s unique contributions to Nevada’s cultural, economic, and political history, as well as the challenges and victories of the struggle for equality in the state.   

The exhibit brings together archival material maintained by both the Wiener-Rogers Law Library and UNLV’s Lied Library, including collections of oral history interviews and historical photographs. The exhibit was developed and its display coordinated by Andrew Martineau, Digital Services and Research Librarian at the Wiener-Rogers Law Library. The exhibit would not have been possible without the contributions of Professor Rachel Anderson, who kindly loaned her Purposeful Spaces, Living History banners and whose scholarship provided much of the source material for the exhibit, and Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Center at UNLV, who conducted many of the interviews referenced in the exhibit.

The Wiener-Rogers Law Library is the largest law library in the State of Nevada. Its mission is to serve the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, and the state by providing access to law-related materials, supporting the scholarship of students and faculty, and reaching out to the community to share resources. Working with the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, Professor Anderson, and Ms. White, the Wiener-Rogers Law Library has collected an archive of materials that relate to the contributions of African-Americans to Nevada law and government and to the history of civil rights in Nevada. That archive includes oral histories of a number of prominent African-American jurists in the State. The Law Library is committed to preserving all nature of materials that reflect Nevada history.

Andrew Martineau is a member of the law library faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law; he coordinates many of the law library’s digital initiatives and supports faculty and student scholarship.