The Moving Image Collections held by History Nebraska contain over 6 million feet of motion picture film and thousands of vintage videotape formats, all relating to Nebraska by virtue of their content or production. Moving images date from 1900 to the recent past. The collections contain many genres, such as home movies, sponsored and promotional works, public service films, local television news footage, and Nebraska-made “local talent” films. The content is particularly rich in agriculture and ranching activities, town scenes, domestic life, Native Americans, aviation, railroads, and Nebraska businesses.
Access to the collections is accomplished through consultation with the Curator of Audiovisual Collections. Moving images are digitized on demand, and there may be a cost. See Fees for Duplication and Special Access for details. Media producers may be required to pay use fees; see Fees for the Use of Moving Images and Sound Recordings for more information.
For examples from the moving image collections, see the History Nebraska Youtube Channel’s archival moving image playlist.
See also the Moving Image Inventories page for inventories and/or shot lists from some of the moving image collections.