What We Found

1890 & 1911 Gazetteer Index

History Nebraska has Gazetteers from 1890 and 1911. These books are organized by town and profession and serve as the business and professional directory. They also list ...

Nebraska Prisoner Records Database

This is an index compiled from Nebraska Board of Pardons and Parole (RG0034) registers. It includes prisoners from the state penitentiary, the men’s reformatory, and ...

Public Instruction Reports, Subject Keys

Academies & Pvt. CollegesAnniversary-25th YearBellevue CollegeBlair Col. & TheologicalBlake SchoolBlizzard of 1888Books/Apparatus-Stat.Boys Industrial ...

Nebraska Telephone Directories

The History Nebraska library is the only library in the state that collects old phonebooks from towns, cities, or regions in Nebraska. The coverage is from the early ...

Nebraska Homestead Land Records

A database (1860-1954 Tract Books Index) has been compiled that allows researchers to locate references within the 163 land tract books. These books list the first ...

Nebraska U.S. General Land Office Tract Books

By: Gerald E. Sherard429 South Moore St.Lakewood, CO 80226-2629(2001) Much of the land in Nebraska was obtained by homesteading under the Homestead Act of May 20, ...

Nebraska WWI Draft Registration Cards

A database of the WWI Draft Registration Cards: 1917-1918 Nebraska Index has been compiled that allows researchers to locate name references within the Draft Card ...

Saving Memories

  Personal memories from the History Nebraska collections. We all want to preserve the memories we treasure. These can be of family, friends, special moments, or ...

Saving Memories: Hide Paintings & Ledger Art

  Hide Paintings Native American tribes of the Great Plains have long recorded heroic deeds and significant events by painting on hide or canvas. For the Lakota, ...

Saving Memories: Diaries & Journals

  Diaries & Journals The word diary is from the Latin diarium or "daily allowance." In Europe during the Renaissance, well-to-do young men kept travel ...

Saving Memories: Autograph Albums

  Autograph Albums Oh! sometime come with gentle eye,And o'er these pages kindly bend;Then memory will give a sighFor each beloved, departed friend!My name will ...

Saving Memories: Scrapbooks

  Scrapbooks While in the midst of school life you think its memories always will be fresh. Soon it will be over, the old associations gone, and the pleasant ...

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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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