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University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV 89154-9900)
Cynthia Shein (Project Director: July 2019 to December 2021)
Heather Addison (Project Director: December 2021 to present)
Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes

The arrangement and description of nearly 400 linear feet documenting Howard Hughes’ film career dating roughly from the 1920s to the 1970s.

The Tony Stark of his era. That is perhaps the most concise description of Howard Robard Hughes (1905-1976), arguably one of the twentieth century’s most significant visionaries. A transformative figure in aviation, business, and the history of Hollywood, Hughes established strong ties to southern Nevada during the latter half of his life, and donated his company records to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). The Howard Hughes Motion Picture Papers span nearly half a century and include an impressive range of heterogeneous and distinctive materials related to the art, technology, economics, and social impact of American cinema. UNLV is proposing a cross-domain Implementation project that will leverage the subject expertise of the Department of Film and the technical expertise of the University Libraries Special Collections and Archives to increase the longevity of the materials and make them known and available to the public.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; Film History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$271,580 (approved)
$271,580 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2022