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Becoming Arbor Lodge

By David L. Bristow, Editor   Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City features a small house that became a 52-room mansion. It belonged to Arbor ...

The Abbotts Play Host to Susan B. Anthony

Nebraska lawyer Othman Abbott and his wife, early settlers in Grand Island, shared an interest in women's rights. In his Recollections of a Pioneer Lawyer, published by ...


-three-dimensional objects (artifacts) and paper items -relating to the history of the people of Nebraska   The Museum Collections Department is responsible for the ...


-clearinghouse for archeological activity within the state.   -master file of all archeological projects conducted and sites discovered in the state -primary records ...


-about 80,000 volumes including state publications and periodicals   -3,000 maps and atlases   -3,532 cataloged Nebraska newspapers   The Library collections are ...

Photograph Collection Search

  Discover History Nebraska's most popular images. Search images from our Native American collections, the Macdonald Studio Collection (Lincoln, NE), and historical ...

Research Guides

Check out these guides to help determine relevant information in History Nebraska collections.    Reference Leaflets: 1. A Guide to Genealogical Research at ...

Interlibrary Loans

Researchers can borrow reels of microfilm through public and institutional libraries and participating LDS Family History Centers. Information for Researchers All ...

Rights and Reproductions

History Nebraska provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes, and for personal enjoyment. We make no warranty with regard to their use for ...

Appraisals and Authentications

 Mari Sandoz viewing the Crazy Horse exhibit at the Nebraska State Historical Society, September 1954. For more information about how Sandoz's research uncovered the ...

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About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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