Best Keeper of Our History

Claytee D. White

D68621_06We already know the Vegas history of showgirls and Sinatra, but Claytee D.White, the first director of UNLV’s oral history research center, preserves a side of the city’s history that often gets overlooked. White has made it her goal to collect first-person accounts from longtime African-American residents whose narratives capture some of the earliest days in Las Vegas history. A former member of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Las Vegas, White has preserved stories about early health care workers, musicians and business people with stories that go back as far as the city’s birth in 1905. With each passing birthday, documenting our not-so-young-anymore Valley’s history becomes increasingly important, and it’s nice to know someone as dedicated as White is up to the task.


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