The Charlie Michael Graffiti Photograph Collection contains over 4,000 color images taken by Charlie Michael during the course of his employment with Clark County, Nevada, while removing graffiti (abatement). Michael's images document a wide range of graffitti types in the form of tags, throw ups, characters, and street art found in the urban desert environment of Las Vegas, Nevada, at the close of the twentieth century.
The materials of the Germaine Moon San Bernardino County Research Collection were selected and compiled during the course of Mrs. Moon's thirty years of service as a historian and reference researcher for the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, California. Focused primarily on the Mojave Desert region, the materials include affidavits, articles of incorporation, biographies, birth certificates, brochures, burial records, business cards, census data, correspondence, court records, diaries, death certificates, deeds, directories, genealogies, indexes, leases, liquor licenses, manuscripts, maps, mining claims, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, promotional materials, and voting registers.
The Joe de Kehoe Silence and the Sun Collection highlights the stories of women and Hispanic families living in California's Mojave Desert along U.S. Highway 66 during the Great Depression. The content was generated during the course of Mr. de Kehoe's research for his book titled, The Silence and The Sun: An historical account of people, places and events on old Route 66 and railroad communities in the Eastern Mojave Desert, California. The materials include audio cassette tapes of oral histories, digitized audio, electronic transcriptions, bound volumes, captioned photographs, and subject files.
The Miriam A. Romero Amargosa Niter Collection is a collection of research materials intended for an eventual monograph on the history of the people and drama involved in the search for niter in the late 1800s and early 1900s titled, A Well-Known Secret: The Niter Hunters of the Amargosa in the Death Valley Region. Although Miriam Romero died before writing the book, her research materials have been preserved in the hope a new researcher will become inspired to complete Mim's vision.
The O. A. Russell Color Transparency Collection is a collection of nearly 8,000 color transparencies taken by O. A. Russell and his wife, Esther, during their annual automobile vacations away from managing their Calico Motel operation in Yermo, California. The Russells traveled throughout the western United States from the 1950s through the 1980s, visiting scenic locations in the states of Utah, Colorado, California, Arizona, and Nevada. Russell was an accomplished mid-century film photographer in an era before autofocus, built-in light meters, and digital images.
The Peter Wild Correspondence with Germaine Moon is a collection of correspondence from Wild to Moon during the course of his research in support of his several publications on the history of the Mojave Desert and especially, the Van Dyke family. The collection is comprised of Peter Wild’s correspondence and enclosures he shared with Germaine Moon.
The Trona Argonaut Newspaper Collection contains nearly sixty-three years of news related to the company mining town of Trona, California. The weekly paper was published from 1923 to 1999. During the war years the newspaper won several national awards for excellence. Although the collection has no issues for the first 13 years of the paper's existence, it does provide examples of each publication year from 1936 until its last issue in 1999.