Overview

Title: Lawlor Events Center Records
Creator(s): Lawlor Events Center.
Collection Number: AC 0634
Dates (inclusive): 1978-2013
Physical Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Lawlor Events Center Records, AC 0634. University Archives, University Libraries; University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/AC 0634-ead.xml

Administrative History

Lawlor Events Center is an 11,536-seat multi-purpose arena in Reno, Nevada, located at the intersection of North Virginia Street and 15th Street on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. It was built in 1983 and named in honor of University of Nevada alumnus, coach, and Athletic Director Glenn "Jake" Lawlor. It is home to the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team.

As the largest venue in Northern Nevada, the Lawlor Events Center also hosts banquets, circuses, concerts, conferences, private events, rodeos, World Wrestling Entertainment, Professional Bull Riding, and other entertainment and sports events. Performing artists have included Ray Charles, Amy Grant, Luciano Pavarotti, Kenny Rogers, Sesame Street Live, and Tina Turner. It is also the host for Washoe County School District high school graduations. It is the site for the University's annual New Student Welcoming Ceremony and Winter Commencements.

The 3 1/2 acre Benson Gardens surrounding the Lawlor Events Center were a gift from Dorothy E. Benson as a memorial to her husband, John Benson. Mrs. Benson was recognized with the Distinguished Nevadan Award in 1979.

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Scope and Content

The Lawlor Events Center Records consist of issues of "Coming to the Lawlor Events Center" newsletter, correspondence, economic benefits reports, a Grand Opening Souvenir Guide, information about the Benson Gardens surrounding the building and donor Dorothy Benson, newspaper clippings, planning documents, programming flyers, a scrapbook, and two issues of its staff newsletter, the "Lawlor Lauder." Correspondence includes communications between University President Joseph Crowley, Vice President for University Services Richard Dankworth, and Physical Plant Department Director Brian Whalen.

Restrictions

Part of the collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Lawlor Events Center in 2012 and periodic public distribution of marketing material on campus. Transfer from LEC in October 2015.

Separated Materials

Photographs, negatives and slides transferred to University Archives Photo Archives. [unprocessed]

Related Materials

See also:

AC 0250 UNR Office of the Vice President for University Advancement Records; AC 0572 Jake Lawlor Scrapbook

and these University Archives Archival Images collections: UNRA-P1283; UNRA-P3165; UNRA-P3274 for photographs of the construction of the Lawlor Events Center.

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Arrangement

  • The Lawlor Events Center Records are arranged in four series: 1. Planning Material; 2. Dedication Material; 3. Event Marketing & Newsletters; 4. Scrapbook.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 25, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Planning Material, 1978-1984 (4 folders)

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folder
Contents
1/S1
1
Feasibility Study & Critiques, 1979
1/S1
2
Correspondence, 1978-1983
1/S1
3
"A Study of Economic Benefits to the Reno/Sparks Community Generated by the Lawlor Events Center of the University of Nevada, Reno," by Kyung-Il (Ed) Ghymn, College of Business Administration; and Report by Dr. Richard Dankworth, Vice President for Public Affairs., 1982
1/S1
4
Facilities, Landscaping & Personnel, 1982-1984

Series 2: Dedication Material, 1983 (2 folders)

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folder
Contents
1/S2
1
Grand Opening Souvenir Guide (Reno Gazette-Journal supplement), 1983 November
1/S2
2
Miscellaneous, 1983

Series 3: Event Marketing & Newsletters, 1983-2013 (4 folders)

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folder
Contents
1/S3
1
Event Brochures & Flyers, 1983-1987
1/S3
2
Lawlor Lauder [Staff & Employees Publication] Vol. 1, nos. 1-2., 1984
1/S3
3
Coming to the Lawlor Events Center [newsletter], 1984-1985
1/S3
4
Newspaper Clippings, 2013

Series 4: Lawlor Events Center Scrapbook, 2004 (1 folder)