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

Dr. Torsten HombergerAnti-Fascist Protection Rampart, or Merely the Wall?: The History of and Life Behind the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989

Dr. Torsten Homberger
Visiting Assistant Professor – History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
4pm – Main Floor, C.T. Ryan Library
FREE and open to the public

Berlin WallNovember 9, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the Cold War, the Wall divided the city of Berlin into two parts, just like the Iron Curtain divided the German nation. This commemorative lecture will put the 28-year history of the Berlin Wall and the German-German border into historical perspective. Dr. Homberger will give an inside view of what it was like to grow up in East Germany and what it was like to witness the fall of the Wall from an East German perspective. The lecture will also address the current issues regarding “the Wall” that today exists in the minds of many Germans.

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

Dr. Nathan Tye

“Mark your memory of tired empty faces”: Doing History from the Bottom-up with the Down and Out

Dr. Nathan Tye
Assistant Professor of History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7pm – Main Floor, C.T. Ryan Library
FREE and open to the public

Hobos Tramps and Bums imageHobos, tramps and bums – men and women who hopped trains and lived on the road from the 1870s to 1930s – are notoriously difficult to pin down, as railroad police officers and the historians that followed can attest. Records are scant and fragmentary. Letters or diaries are few and far between. How then do historians study this marginalized community? Dr. Nathan Tye will discuss his research and methods and share rare and one-of-a-kind material from his private collection of hobo letters, diaries, and newspapers.


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College of Arts & Science Book Festival

The 2nd CAS Book Festival will be happening on Thursday October 10 in the Calvin T. Ryan Library from 12-5PM.  The event has been organized by Mallory Wetherell (Art & Design), Susan Honeyman (English), and Jeremy Armstrong (Physics, Astronomy & Engineering).

The schedule for the event is:
1-2:30pm:  Panel on Collaborative Research & Writing
Featuring Kim Carlson (Biology), Jeremy Dillon (Geography), Bryan Drew (Biology), and Chuck Rowling (Political Science)

 2:30-4pm:  Panel on Inter-disciplinary Research & Creative Writing
Featuring Michelle Beissel Heath (English), Dan May (Art & Design), and Janice Fronczak (Theatre)

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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 (http://archives.nebraska.edu), 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 (http://exhibit.nebraska.edu), 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 (http://archives.nebraska.edu).

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, mducey2@unl.edu, (402) 472-5076; Amy Schindler, Director, Archives and Special Collections at UNO Libraries, acschindler@unomaha.edu, (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.