October 29, 2022

The Niobrara Tribune (Niobrara, Neb.) [RG3978.AM]


RG3978.AM: The Niobrara Tribune (Niobrara, Neb.)

Records: 1921-1954
Niobrara, Knox County, Neb.: Newspaper
Size: 1.0 cu.ft.


In 1874, Edwin A. Fry founded The Niobrara Pioneer, the first newspaper to be published in Niobrara, Knox County, Nebraska. Eleven years later, in June of 1885, another newspaper was begun in Niobrara, published and edited by Frank L. Sullivan. This newspaper, The Niobrara Democrat, had as its motto “Down with Ring Rule!” and it told the democrats of Knox County to “Stand by your guns.”

On March 22, 1895 The Niobrara Democrat became The Niobrara Tribune, with H. Needham as its publisher. It reversed its Democratic Party support and became a republican newspaper.

The material in this collection covers the 1920s, when the paper was edited and published by members of the Stinson family: Allen S. Stinson, Kathryn E. Stinson Ticky and/or Wilbur A. Stinson. During the Stinsons’ ownership, the Tribune again supported the Democratic Party.


This collection consists of one box of manuscript material arranged in four series: 1) Account Books and Journals of The Niobrara Tribune, 1927-1954; 2) Correspondence, 1939-1945; 3) Nebraska Press Association Bulletins, 1945; and 4) Miscellany.

This collection relates primarily to the accounting records of The Niobrara Tribune, a local newspaper in Niobrara, Knox County, Nebraska. Other material collected or used by the Tribune is in this collection, including several Knox County and local records which appeared in the newspaper.

The bulk of this collection consists of the account books and journals, 1927-1954, of Series 1. These books record accounts held by or with The Niobrara Tribune. Entries show a date for each transaction or payment, the name of the individual or company involved, and the amount due or amount credited. A subscription listing is also included in this material.

Series 2 consists of correspondence received by members of the Stinson family, 1939-1945, editors and publishers of The Niobrara Tribune, letters from two World War II veterans, describing their war-time experiences, are included.

The Nebraska Press Association Bulletins, 1945, comprise Series 3.

The miscellany of Series 4 is comprised of an autograph book owned by Kathryn E. Stinson, editor and publisher of the Tribune, tax records of Stinson family members, Niobrara directories, and the By-Laws of the Farmers Union Cooperative Association.


Series 1 – Account Books and Journals of The Niobrara Tribune


  1. 1927-1929
  2. 1927-1930
  3. 1929-1930
  4. 1929-1931
  5. 1933-1934
  6. 1933-1944
  7. 1935-1941
  8. 1938-1940
  9. 1941-1943
  10. 1945-1948
  11. 1951-1952
  12. 1952-1954
  13. Subscription Record Book, 1929-1940

Series 2 – Correspondence, 1939-1945


  1. 1939-1945, (includes two letters from World War II veterans describing their wartime experiences)

Series 3 – Nebraska Press Association Bulletins, 1945


  1. Nebraska Press Association Bulletins, 1945

Series 4 – Miscellany


  1. Autograph Book owned by Kathryn E. Stinson, editor and publisher of The Niobrara Tribune
  2. Includes tax records of Stinson family members, Niobrara directories, and By-Laws of the Farmers Union Cooperative Association

Subject headings:

Journalism — Nebraska
Journalists — Nebraska
Knox County (Neb.) — History
Nebraska Press Association
Niobrara (Neb.) — History
Niobrara (Neb.) — Newspapers
Niobrara Tribune, The (Niobrara, Neb.)
Stinson Family
World War, 1939-1945

Revised 10-25-2007 TMM

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