Claytee D. White

Claytee D. White is the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries.In this position, she collects the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from long-time residents.Some of the projects include early health care in the Las Vegas, a study of musicians who played with some of the greats in the entertainment field, the Jewish Heritage Initiative, and a Collaborative project that gathered the history of the African American community. The three current project are The Great Pause: Chronicles of COVID-19 in Las Vegas, I Can’t Breathe, and The Latinx Voices Oral History Project.

Claytee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from California State University Los Angeles, Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and engaged in additional graduate work at the College of William and Mary. She has written several book chapters, journal articles, and presented oral history papers at national conferences from Atlanta to Maui.

A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Claytee is a former board member of the national Oral History Association, past president of the Southwest Oral History Association, serves as chair of the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, VP of Women of Diversity, and Advisory Boards for BlackPast.Org and the MOB Museum.