The Las Vegas News Bureau's collection is celebrating their 75th anniversary with a special curation and presentation of some of the
most iconic images.
We will be joined by Kelli Luchs, full time archivist, and Lori-Nelson-Kraft, senior vice president of communications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), to hear about this special project.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Archive Collection, which has documented Las Vegas’ history and helped promote tourism to Southern Nevada since 1947, has marked its 75th anniversary of its Las Vegas News Bureau collection by curating and presenting some of the most iconic photos of the collection to the public for the first time. The collection began as part of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in 1947 with the goal of promoting Southern Nevada and its offerings. Over the years, the collection became a valuable resource for the news media, movies, documentaries, and researchers with many images in the collection garnering worldwide acclaim. With more than 7 million images, 11,000 pieces of film and video, and 1,300-linear-feet of manuscripts and artifacts, the archive is estimated to be the largest and most comprehensive post-World War II collection of Southern Nevada imagery in the world. The collection is curated by a full-time archivist, who manages it and ensures it is preserved for future generations. To honor the milestone, a 75th Anniversary Website features some of the most famous photos of the collection. For additional information on the 75th anniversary celebration, click here.
Full-time archivist Kelli Luchs manages the Las Vegas News Bureau Collection and ensures its preservation so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Kelli joined the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in 2013 after serving as photo archivist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Special Collections. Kelli has a Master’s degree in Public History from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) UNLV.
Lori Nelson-Kraft serves as senior vice president of communications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) overseeing corporate communications, public affairs, community relations and the LVCVA Archive. Prior to joining the LVCVA, she served for 14 years as vice president of corporate communications for Station Casinos, one of the leading providers of gaming and entertainment with 20 properties located throughout Southern Nevada. In her role, she oversaw media and community relations as well as served as the company spokesperson. Throughout her 25-year career, Ms. Nelson-Kraft also served as Associate Director of Public Relations for R&R Partners and owned a small public relations agency, both in Las Vegas. Ms. Nelson-Kraft currently serves as a Board Trustee for the Vegas Chamber, where she additionally serves as the Leadership Foundation president as well as serves on the board of directors for Noah’s Animal House, a full-service pet shelter located next door and in partnership with The Shade Tree Shelter in Southern Nevada and with the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Northern Nevada in support of victims of domestic violence. Ms. Nelson-Kraft grew up in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.