Conferences on Gambling Records

 Collection
Identifier: NC1216

Scope and Contents

The records have been divided into subgroups which represent individual conferences. Each subgroup was further subdivided into series corresponding to the topical paper or symposium sessions of each conference. The individual papers are thus in the order of their presentation on the program schedule. Beginning with the second conference, cassette tape recordings were made of the sessions; most of the presentations are represented by either a paper, tape, or both. Although the papers are copy-righted, the Special Collections Department has been given permission to provide reference copies to researchers, who then must assume responsibility for obtaining permission to publish from individual authors. Tapes may be copied with permission of Eadington.

As indicated by the title, the scope of the conferences has grown over the years from a few presentations to over forty paper and seventeen symposium sessions, with presenters coming from a number of academic and business disciplines and from many countries.

Each session at a conference treats the topic of gambling from a different approach. Typical themes over the years include mathematics in games, compulsive gamblers and their treatment, the economic effect of gambling on individuals and governments, gambling legislation and control, casino marketing and management, lotteries, sports betting, and many others. Presenters have used a variety of approaches in their papers, for example, they've analyzed the theoretical aspects of individual games or made psychological observations of gamblers and games.

This collection also contains copies of presentations at a gambling conference in Canberra, Australia, in 1984.

One important part of this collection is a folder of curriculum material from William R. Eadington's Economics 411-611 courses. This material consists of many photocopies of articles which discuss and analyzed games and gambling.

This guide to the Gambling Conference papers provides a detailed listing of the collection contents. For each session, both author(s) and title are given; the title is that which appears on the paper itself, rather than on the program schedule, as authors sometimes changed the titles or even the focus of their papers between the time the program was printed and the paper was delivered. Program schedules for each conference are filed at the beginning of each subgroup, as are abstracts and order lists when available.

Researchers may also be interested to learn that all of the papers of the First Conference, with the exception of those written by Igor Kusyszyn and Ivan Light, were published in the book Gambling and Society, edited by William R. Eadington (Charles Thomas & Co.; Springfield, Il, 1976). A copy is part of the Special Collection's book holdings. The papers of the 7th Conference (1987) also appear in published form but are part of this manuscript collection.

Dates

  • 1973-[1987]

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Administrative history

The first Gambling Conference took place June 9-11, 1974 at the Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The conferences were held annually until 1976 and thereafter every two and then every three years. Consequently, the name of the conference changed from Annual Gambling Conference to National Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, and then to International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking. The conferences were organized under the auspices of William R. Eadington of the Economics Department of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Gambling conferences have also been held in Australia in 1984, 1985, and 1986, and papers were presented in a manner similar to the Gambling Conferences sponsored by UNR. A smaller conference in England has been coordinated by the Society for the Study of Gambling. Materials from six of those conferences from the 1980s are available at the Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Extent

11.271 Linear Feet (21 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The first Gambling Conference took place June 9-11, 1974 at the Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The conferences were held annually until 1976 and thereafter every two and then every three years. Consequently, the name of the conference changed from Annual Gambling Conference to National Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, and then to International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking. The conferences were organized under the auspices of William R. Eadington of the Economics Department of the University of Nevada, Reno. Collection contains copies of papers and symposium presented at the conferences; papers presented at the Australian Gambling Conference (1984); and papers on gambling not presented at conferences.

Arrangement

The records of the Gambling Conferences are divided into the following subgroups: Series 1. First Annual Conference. 1974. Series 2. Second Annual Conference. 1975. Series 3. Third Annual Conference. 1976. Series 4. Fourth Conference. 1978. Series 5. Fifth Conference. 1981. Series 6. Sixth Conference. 1984. Series 7. Papers Not Presented at Conferences. Series 8. Australian Gambling Conference Papers. 1984. Series 9. Seventh International Conference. 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William R. Eadington circa 1980.

Accruals

As conferences were held, additional tapes and transcripts of papers were incorporated into this collection.

Title
A Guide to the Gambling Conferences Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Susan Searcy
Date
February 22, 1988
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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