National Urban League (Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.) [RG3957.AM]


RG3957.AM:  National Urban League (Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.)

Records:  1925-1961
Omaha, Douglas County and Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  
Size:  3 reels of microfilm


The Omaha Urban League (now known as the Urban League of Nebraska) was established in 1927. The Lincoln Urban League was founded in 1932. The general purpose of the Urban League is to seek improved economic, social, and cultural conditions for African Americans living in urban areas, working in conjunction with local, state, and federal agencies. Membership in the League is inter-racial.


This collection consists of records and publications of the Lincoln and Omaha Urban Leagues which comprise a portion of the records of the National Urban League Collection at the Library of Congress. The records contained on these three reels of microfilm relate to the activities of the Lincoln Urban League, ca. 1932-1954; and the Omaha Urban League, ca. 1925-1961. Most of the materials consist of printed matter such as reports, programs, newsletters, and special events files. The arrangement of the records on the film is that of the Library of Congress.

Dr. Dennis Mihelich, Dept. of History, Creighton University, purchased copies of the microfilm from the Library of Congress with a research stipend from the Creighton Graduate School. Through the courtesy of Dr. Mihelich and the Alumni Library at Creighton University, the Nebraska State Historical Society acquired a duplicate copy of the microfilm in May of 1979.

Note:  This microfilm cannot be inter-library loaned.


Series 5 – Public Relations Department, 1913-1963

Reel 1
C – Historical Information and Special Events File

Box 6   Equal Opportunity Day
Box 8   Lincoln and Omaha, 1940
Box 10   Lincoln, 1935-1940
Box 11   Omaha, 1929-1931
Box 14   Lincoln, 1941-1953
Box 15   Omaha, 1941-1959
Box 19   Lincoln, 1942

D – Biographical File: Who’s Who in the Urban League

Box 27   Lincoln
Box 28   Omaha

G – Affiliates File

Box 42   Omaha, 1957-1961
Box 44   Lincoln, 1952-1953
Box 46   Omaha, 1952

Series 6 – Research Department, 1916-1963

F – Affiliates File, 1943-1961

Box 91   Lincoln, 1946-1954

Series 1 – Administration Department, 1911-1964

D – Affiliates File, 1941-1961

Box 115   Omaha, 1948
Box 102   Lincoln, 1948-1954
Box 116   Omaha, 1950-1960

E – Special Projects File, 1957-1960

Church and Community Relations File, 1957-1958

Box 138   Omaha

Series 2 – Community Services Department, 1951-1963

C – Special File, 1953-1963

Box 20   Omaha

D – Affiliates File, 1955-1960

Box 28   Omaha

Series 3 – Housing Activities Department, 1943-1963

Reel 2
C – Affiliates File, 1943-1963

Box 56   Lincoln, 1953-1954
Box 59   Omaha, 1948-1959
Box 60   Omaha, 1961

Series 4 – Industrial Relations Department

A – General Department File

Box 13   Martin Luther King (a mistake; Library of Congress copied the wrong folder)

D – Affiliates File

Box 30   Lincoln, 1932-1939
Box 33   Omaha, 1925-1935
Box 39   Omaha, 1959

Series 7 – Vocational Services Office, 1930-1962

B – Projects and Programs File

Box 15   Omaha, 1958-1960

C – Affiliates File, 1950-1960

Box 56   Omaha, 1956-1960

Series 10 – Related Organizations

Reel 3
A – Administrative and Clerical Council File, 1948-1962

Box 2   Omaha, 1958

Series 13 – Printed Matter, 1910-1963

A – Urban League, 1910-1962

Box 14   Lincoln – Annual Reports, 1940-1954; Special Reports, 1935-1954

Box 21   Omaha – Annual Reports, 1928-1960; Special Reports, 1930-1961

Subject headings:

African Americans — Nebraska
Douglas County (Neb.) — History
Lancaster County (Neb.) — History
Lincoln (Neb.) — History
Lincoln (Neb.) — Social conditions
Omaha (Neb.) — History
Omaha (Neb.) — Social conditions
Race problems — Nebraska
Urban League (Lincoln, Neb.)
Urban League (Omaha, Neb.)

Revised 04-10-2008   TMM

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