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Nebraska County Atlases and Plat Books

The History Nebraska Library has a collection of over 800 county atlases or plat books ranging from the approximately 1885 to the present.  Of these, 147 are on ...

Nebraska Plat Books on Microfilm

1885 Nebraska State Atlas Reel 1, #1 Adams County, 1919, Reel 1, #2 Antelope County, 1922, Reel 1, #3 Boone County, 1920, Reel 1, #4 Box Butte County, 1913, ...

City and County Directories of Nebraska

The History Nebraska library collects all available city/county directories for all communities and counties in the state. The coverage is from territorial days to ...

Nebraska Civil War Veterans Database

A database (Nebraska Civil War Veterans Database) has been compiled that allows researchers to locate name references within the Civil War Veterans Indexes. The ...

1890 & 1911 Gazetteer Index

A database (1890/1911 Gazetteer Index) has been compiled that allows researchers to locate references within the gazetteers. The researcher may input a Name, City, ...

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 ...

Nebraska Public Instruction Biennium Reports

A database (Public Instruction Biennium Reports 1861-1960 Index) has been compiled that allows researchers to locate references within the reports. The researcher may ...

Public Instruction Reports, Subject Keys

Academies & Pvt. Colleges Anniversary-25th Year Bellevue College Blair Col. & Theological Blake School Blizzard of 1888 Books/Apparatus-Stat. Boys ...

Sherard’s Nebraska Place Names Index

A database (Sherard's Nebraska Place Names Index) has been compiled that allows researchers to locate place names. The researcher may input a Place Name or County and ...

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 that list the first owners of ...

Nebraska U.S. General Land Office Tract Books

By: Gerald E. Sherard 429 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, ...

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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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Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

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The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.
Nebraska Collections
History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.
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Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.
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Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.