The UNLV University Libraries has made the Eugene Martin Christiansen Papers available to researchers through the Special Collections and Archives Division at Lied Library.
Christiansen is a consultant and chairman of Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC. He has worked as a consultant for the commercial gaming and entertainment industries since 1976, and written extensively on gambling legalization and regulation, the economic impacts of legalized gambling, taxation of gambling and entertainment, Native American gaming, and pari-mutuel wagering. Christiansen is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Eugene Martin Christiansen Papers, dating from 1948 to 2017, contain research files, reports, and presentations about gambling written and collected by Christiansen. Most of the collection is comprised of research files and reports about legalized gambling, casinos, hotels, racetracks, and entertainment venues, including the economic impacts of legalized gaming, popularity of off-track betting, horse and dog racing, table games, gambling addiction, gaming regulation, taxes, lotteries, and Native American gaming.
The collection includes research files covering state and municipal regulation of gaming, significant individuals in the gaming industry, prominent hotels and casinos, gaming research conferences, financial reports, and international regulation of gaming. The collection also contains a small amount of business records from Christiansen’s entertainment company Feature Film Finance & Production.
Processing of the collection by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives was made possible by a $129,600 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete summary of the items available in the collection can be found online www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/ead/MS-00561_christiansen.pdf.
Titled "America’s Great Gamble: A Project to Promote the Discovery of Sources About the Expansion of Legalized Gambling Across the United States," the grant funded two temporary archivists who have organized and described four collections: the Eugene Christiansen Papers on Gaming, the Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming, the Gary Royer Papers on Gaming, and the Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Corporate Archives.
For 50 years, UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives has collected and preserved the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and made it available for researchers. For more information about Special Collections and Archives, visit www.library.unlv.edu/speccol.
David G. Schwartz