The Local History Collection at Henderson Libraries includes over 15,000 photographs, scrapbooks, documents, and more donated by Henderson families and organizations detailing Henderson's rich history. Almost all the items are available to view online in the Henderson Digital Archives.
The purpose of the Local History Collection is to preserve the history of Henderson, Nevada and provide access of historical materials to residents, students, and scholars. Henderson Libraries seeks to provide materials that increase knowledge about family histories, social, physical, economic, and cultural heritage of Henderson.
Do you own any materials related to Henderson's history? Henderson Libraries accepts donations of materials or artifacts to our Local History Collection that directly pertain to Henderson's history. We encourage members of the Henderson community to donate photographs, newspapers, documents, and other materials that are valuable to Henderson's history that fit wihtin the guidelines posted below.
Do you have boxes of old photographs in storage? Documents taking up space in your garage? Do you want to transfer them to a flash drive or share them online? Henderson Libraries offers free, staff-mediated scanning services to our patrons. Make an appointment with the librarian today by email email@example.com or call (702) 207-4287.
Note: External storage is necessary to save the files after scanning. A flash drive or memory card of at least 4 GB is recommended.
Local History Organizations
Henderson Libraries partners with many local Henderson organizations to provide more resources to our patrons. The following organizations have invaluable resources about Henderson's history:
Our physical archives are housed at the Paseo Verde Library branch. They're accessible to the public for research purposes by appointment only with our Digital Projects Librarian. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (702) 207-4287 to make an appointment today. Appointments depend on the availability of the librarian and open hours of the library.
How do I access the digital archives?
The digital archives can be accessed by clicking here. They're free to access, and you do not need to be a patron of the Henderson Libraries to browse our content online. All you need is Internet access. There are over 12,000 items to view including photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks, directories, and more!
Can I donate items to the Local History Collection?
Yes! Henderson Libraries accepts donations of local historical significance. We are particularly interested in yearbooks, photographs, maps, programs, and documents from local families and businesses.
The staff-mediated scanning services are different than the multifunction machines that are available near the public use computers in all of our branches. As a library cardholder, you can make an appointment to have a librarian scan your photographs and documents for free using the Epson FastFoto FF-640 photo and document scanner or Epson Expression 12000XL scanner to a personal USB-drive.
Appointments are for 30 minutes with the librarian, but can be extended as necessary. Email the librarian email@example.com or call (702) 207-4287 to make an appointment. Appointments vary based on the availability of the librarian and the library branch's hours.
How much does it cost to use the scanning services?
The scanning service is free to use. There is no charge to have physical items scanned to a USB drive, but you must have access to a USB drive before you use the scanning services.
How can I use the scanning services?
You must make an appointment with the Digital Projects Librarian to use the scanning services. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (702) 207-4287 to make an appointment. Appointments are based on the availability of the librarian and the open hours of the library.
The lives and activities of communities are increasingly documented online; local news, events, disasters, celebrations — the experiences of citizens are now largely shared via social media and web platforms. In most instances, the Internet is the only place that information is available. But did you know the average lifespan of a webpage is only 90 days? That's not a long time for information to be around, especially if that information is only found on a single webpage! But don't worry! Organizations like universities and public libraries, including Henderson Libraries, are working to create web archives of websites important to their communities. These web archives ensure their communities' ability to access the information as a trusted source in the future. This also means we can capture aspects of our community that are otherwise overlooked.
Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Internet Archive, Henderson Libraries now has the ability to archive websites that are important to the Henderson Community! While we are actively preserving other formats of our community to add to our Local History Collection, such as photographs and documents, this grant provides the capability to add websites to that collection. Some aspects of the Henderson community that we believe are important to capture include local government, education, spontaneous events, local businesses and organizations, community blogs, and events in the community.
What is web archiving?
Web archiving is the process of collecting websites and the information they contain from the World Wide Web, and preserving them as they appeared at a given moment in an archive. One of the most famous web archives belongs to the Wayback Machine launched by the Internet Archive in 2001. Since then, it has archived over 338 billion web pages!