Claytee is the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries. In this position, she collects the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from long-time residents. Some of the projects include early health care in the Las Vegas, the history of the John S. Park Community that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, a study of musicians who played with some of the greats in the entertainment field, and now a Collaborative effort that is gathering the history of the African American community.
She has written two book chapters, several articles and presented oral history papers at national conferences from Atlanta to Maui.
Claytee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from California State University Los Angeles, Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and engaged in additional graduate work at the College of William and Mary.
A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Claytee is an active member of Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas, National Oral History Association, past president of the Southwest Oral History Association, and serves on the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission and on the board of Nevada Humanities.