Nebraska Archives Online


University of Nebraska launches Nebraska Archives Online

Archivists from the four University of Nebraska campuses have collaborated to launch Nebraska Archives Online (, a shared online database that provides access to finding aids and guides for the university’s unique archival and manuscript collections. Through the work of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL), Nebraska Archives Online meets a longstanding need to provide a one-stop portal to these collections. It’s a resource meant to engage the public’s curiosity and improve the research process for students or anyone with a research need. The materials in each of the NU archives are available for anyone to use.

“Bringing together the University of Nebraska’s unique collections provides benefits to users of archives as well as the repositories. Folks visiting the archives in Kearney can now easily find material in Omaha and Lincoln,” explained Amy Schindler, Director of Archives and Special Collections at the UNO Libraries.

For example, a researcher searching for materials relating to social workers Grace and Edith Abbott may now find their personal and professional papers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and materials relating to the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which can lead to a greater understanding of the location and variety of resources.

The four archives and special collections repositories spent the last year migrating their individual databases into a single instance of the ArchivesSpace platform. The public now has a tool that provides descriptions of collections physically located across the university system with links to thousands of pages of documents and audio and video recordings. This includes over 3,500 records associated with unique collections and materials at UNK, UNL, UNMC, and UNO.

“Its ongoing work, but we’ve collaborated before on the online exhibit on the 1968 university merger. Actually, what a way to celebrate that achievement, bringing together our resources today, and looking towards the future,” stated Mary Ellen Ducey, university archivist/special collections librarian at UNL.

As with the earlier exhibit project (, the project benefits from building a community of practice to share ideas and collaboration opportunities. Nebraska Archives Online will continue to grow with new material from the four campuses of the University of Nebraska and with new opportunities for potential future expansion. Archivists at each campus will continue to focus on matching professional archival standards, such as those supported by the Society of American Archivists, with local best practices and operations.

The University of Nebraska’s four archival repositories share a mission of long-term access and preservation of the historical record by maintaining millions of pages of documents, photographs, letters, policies, and material in all formats that answer questions, tell a story, and celebrate something unique about our university, our communities, and the state of Nebraska.

Nebraska Archives have helped students working on class projects, someone researching their neighborhood, administrator looking for a policy document, genealogist seeking a piece of information about an ancestor. In order to help people reach these goals, archivists create finding aids or guides to the thousands of collections in the University of Nebraska’s archives and special collections repositories. Now these guides are collected together in one portal, Nebraska Archives Online (

About the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL):
UNCL leads the University of Nebraska libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs. Each campus preserves the unique history of the University of Nebraska and offers unique collections that support the research needs of each campus and interests of the state of Nebraska. Our reading rooms are open to the public.

Contacts: Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist, UNL Libraries,, (402) 472-5076; Amy Schindler, Director, Archives and Special Collections at UNO Libraries,, (402) 554-6046.

The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series & CTR Library Faculty Profile Series

The Making of Nebraska Boundaries

Dr. Chris Steinke
Assistant Professor of History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time & Place: 3:30 pm, Room 140 Copeland Hall
FREE and open to the public

Dr. Chris SteinkeDr. Chris Steinke’s work focuses on Indigenous history in the Great Plains. His research has appeared in the journals Great Plains Quarterly, William and Mary Quarterly, and Ethnohistory. His article “Women in Bullboats: Indigenous Women Navigate the Upper Missouri River” won the American Society for Ethnohistory’s 2018 Robert F. Heizer Award. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Plains Corridor: Indigenous Mobility and Power on the Missouri River.


Nebraska Libraries’ Partnership Highlights 50th Anniversary Merger


The online exhibit “All Together Now: The 50th Anniversary of the University of Nebraska System Merger, 1968-2018” located at chronicles the creation of the University of Nebraska system. The success of the 1968 merger of the University of Nebraska with the Municipal University of Omaha led to the creation of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1991, Kearney State College merged with the University of Nebraska. “All Together Now” highlights the administrative and civic process through photographs, university publications, video, oral histories, and objects.
“All Together Now” highlights the first collaborative exhibit curated by archivists and librarians from across the University of Nebraska system and is a work of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) Archives and Special Collections Working Group. UNCL formed in the late 1970s to facilitate informal and formal cooperation and collaboration among the libraries of the different University of Nebraska campuses.
“This exhibit provides a great opportunity to discover more about our collections and to collaborate with peers across campuses. It provides a valuable way to showcase one aspect of archival work,” said Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. “It also demonstrates how important it is for archives to capture stories about the university as they happen, so our view in the future includes both the official record and the experience of those who lived through it.” 
Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha, adds “This partnership was a major shift for higher education in Nebraska, resulting in greater opportunities for growth and partnerships in Omaha and Lincoln–and, joining in 1991, Kearney as well. Each university within the system has different strengths and specialties, allowing the University of Nebraska system to fill more educational niches within Nebraska than any of the campuses could support alone.”
UNCL leads the University of Nebraska libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs. Each campus preserves the unique history of the University of Nebraska and offers unique collections that support the research needs of each campus and interests of the state of Nebraska. Our reading rooms are open to the public.

2018 Undergraduate Research Awared

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research for 2018 was awarded to Shelby Hinrichs. Shelby’s research project is titled, “Screening Speech, Language, and Reading Abilities of Home-schooled Children.” Her Faculty Mentor is Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research, initiated in 2013, recognizes and honors undergraduate student researchers for excellence in the use of library services, collections and resources. Ms. Hinrichs was presented the award at the 2018 Student Research Day award ceremony on March 28, 2018.

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January 26th is Institutional Repository Day at UNK

Written by Susan Mueller, Coordinator of Collection Services, Professor

January 26 is IR Day at UNK. IR stands for Institutional Repository. Join your colleagues for an overview and discussion of bepress Digital Commons, a digital repository and publishing platform.
The Calvin T. Ryan Library wants everyone to become familiar with the possibilities of this great tool.

An IR is a system for gathering in one place all the valuable digital work being produced on campus, in order to showcase and disseminate it for maximum effect. Content in Digital Commons is optimized for discovery, access, and scholarly impact on the open web.
This is an opportunity to learn how Digital Commons might support research, teaching, and public engagement on campus. The presentations will explore the variety of content that would benefit from being showcased in a university repository:

Faculty research. This includes the full spectrum of faculty digital scholarship, from already published research articles to reports, working papers, data sets, video, creative works, and more. The platform showcases individual departments, centers, and programs, as well as individual faculty profile pages.
Student research. Possible examples include undergraduate research, theses and dissertations, honors projects, creative work, student events, and student-edited journals and publications.
Open Educational Resources. The platform’s multimedia capabilities allow the university to share with the world all the valuable curricular materials learning objects produced on campus, as well as to give faculty and instructors the opportunity to author and publish open access textbooks.
Scholarly publishing. Digital Commons is a professional publishing platform and supports online peer review and publishing, lowering the barriers to publish and manage digital journals, books, and conferences.
University publications and administrative documents, including annual reports,
marketing materials, an archive of press releases, and campus archival

Irene Kamotsky of bepress will be giving all of the presentations in the
Academic Affairs Conference Room, Room 2047, Founders Hall.
The various presentations will be at the following times:

8-8:30 – General Session
9-9:30 – Dean’s Council
10-10:30 – Focus on Undergraduate Work
11-11:30 – Focus on Faculty Research
1-1:30 – General Session (Repeat of morning session)
2-2:30 – Focus on Faculty Research (Repeat of morning session)
3-3:30 – Focus on Undergraduate Work (Repeat of morning session)
4-4:30 – Focus on Visibility and University Marketing

Each session will provide a good overview of IR’s, so if you have a time conflict with the session you most want to attend, feel free to drop-in on any of them. Hope to see you there!

Questions?? Send them to either Susan Mueller (8853) or Janet Wilke (8546)

Happy Holidays!

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Another semester is in the books and the holiday season is upon us. To our December graduates, we extend our congratulations and best wishes on the next stage in life’s journey. Well done!

For some, their first semester will soon be behind them, their time at UNK just beginning. For others, the end is just on the horizon. For everyone, our best wishes for the holiday season and for a peaceful and restful break.

Happy Holidays!

Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Library

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
Veteran's Day 2015

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. military veterans for their patriotism, willingness to sacrifice, and love of their country.

As the nation reflects on the brave and heroic men and women whom we honor and celebrate on Veteran’s Day, you can enjoy some stories about America’s warriors in books and movies available at the Calvin T. Ryan Library. A simple search – ‘medal of honor’ – from the library home page provides the following, for example:

If you wish to learn more about Veteran’s Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, History of Veteran’s Day.