George W. Berge, 1864-1925 [RG3105.AM]


RG3105.AM: George W. Berge, 1864-1925

Papers: 1892-1925
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.: Lawyer; newspaper editor
Size: 2.0 cu.ft.; 4 boxes


George W. Berge established his law practice in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1890. He was the fusion nominee for Congress in 1900 and for governor in 1904. In 1906 he attempted to gain the Democratic nomination for governor, but lost to Shallenberger. He edited The Independent, Lincoln, Nebraska from April 27, 1905 until January 17, 1907. He is the author of The Free Pass Bribery System (1905).


The Berge papers are arranged in four series: (1) Addresses, 1892-1906; (2) Frank Dewit Eager files, 1905-1908; (3) Printed matter, 1900-1925; and (4) Scrapbooks of political clippings, 1900-1905. The bulk of these papers date from 1892-1908.

The material in this collection relates to Berge’s career as a lawyer and editor, to his activity in the Populist, fusion and Democratic parties, and to his associates such as Frank Dewit Eager and William Jennings Bryan. Berge remained a critic of railroads and Republicans throughout his life.

Note: See the Library catalog and the Nebraska History Index for various published materials by/about George Berge. See also the papers of George Berge’s son, Wendell Berge [RG3106].


Series 1 – Addresses, 1892-1906

Box 1

1892-1906, Bound volume of addresses, typewritten, 255 pages
Undated, Political speeches in manuscript form

Series 2 – Frank Dewit Eager files, 1905-1908

Box 2

1905-1908, Correspondence, financial and legal papers relating to the Independent Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska. (Eager was business manager of The Independent.)

Series 3 – Printed matter, 1900-1925

1907, Harrah vs. Smith, bound volume of legal briefs, 289 pages
1900-1905, Newspaper clippings
1914, Newspaper clippings
1925, B.P.O.E. Memorial Service

Series 4 – Scrapbooks of political clippings, 1900-1905

Box 3

Vol. 1, 1900, Clippings relating to Berge’s congressional campaign
Vol. 2-3, 1904, State campaign clippings

Box 4

Vol. 4-5, 1904, Political clippings
Vol. 6-7, 1905, Political clippings

Subject headings:

Berge, George W., 1864-1925
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Eager, Frank Dewit, 1872-1960
Independent Publishing Company (Lincoln, Neb.)
Newspaper publishing — Nebraska — Lincoln
Politics — Nebraska
Populist Party

Encoded TMM 02-22-2010
Revised TMM 09-08-2011

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

She Didn’t Know She Was a Statue

She Didn’t Know She Was a Statue

Neligh Mill at 150

Neligh Mill at 150

1889 New Year’s Day Eclipse

1889 New Year’s Day Eclipse

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.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

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

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast.

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

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.

Support History Nebraska
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.