The UNLV University Libraries has made the Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming available to researchers through the Special Collections and Archives Division at Lied Library.
Royer is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who served as an auditing agent, supervisor of internal control for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and President of the Casino Control Corporation. In the late 1970s, Royer founded the Casino Control Corporation (CCC), a management consulting firm that focused on researching and creating management and internal control procedures for facilities and corporations involved in the gaming industry, particularly in Nevada and New Jersey. CCC provided management services to casinos, manufacturers, distributors, and regulatory agencies involved in the gaming industry both in the United States and internationally.
The Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming, dating from 1950 to 2009, contains research files, legal files, reports, and manuals about gaming written and collected by Royer throughout his career. Files related to his work withduring his time at the Nevada Gaming Control Board. These files primarily document the legislation and regulation of gaming in Nevada, but include information on other states in the US and some international locations.
The collection also includes research files about casino, racetrack, and sports betting facilities that include data on organizations, monthly revenue reports, occupancy rates, management and operational control manuals, annual reports, policy and procedure manuals, and profile sheets from Royer’s time as president of CCC.
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 at www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/ead/MS_00658_royer.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 Gary Royer Papers on Gaming, the Eugene Christiansen Papers on Gaming, the Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American 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