How Can We Help?
How do I donate materials?
Why wasn’t my donation accepted?
All potential donations must go through a review process that is overseen by experts who are qualified to assess the relevance and suitability of items in relation to the overall collecting policies and current holdings of History Nebraska. Because it is expensive to care for and provide access to collection items, not all potential donations are accepted.
What types of items are you looking for?
History Nebraska collects a wide variety of historical materials, including:
- Artifacts with strong Nebraska ties
- Books and periodicals
- Historical Objects
- Government Records
- Maps and architectural drawings
- Audiovisual material
The History Nebraska Collections Management Policy gives further information about collecting practices. See also our Collecting Plan for more detailed information about what we will collect, what we won’t and why.
What types of items are not likely of interest?
The type of items not usually accepted into our collections include:
- Artifacts with little or no ties to Nebraska
- Unidentified photographs
- Encyclopedias, National Geographic, and other general interest magazines
- Homestead and other general certificates (marriage, baptism, confirmation, membership)
- Spanish-American, WWI, and WWII uniforms
- Pre-1970 baby clothes
- War souvenirs from the Philippines, Japan, and Germany
- Organs and pianos
How do I find out if you already have an item?
How do I care for my family treasures?
Does History Nebraska loan objects from their collections?
Yes, History Nebraska loans objects from the collections to qualified institutions for exhibit, research, or other interpretive purposes. Loans are reviewed by the Collections Committee. Considerations of rarity, intrinsic and historical value, conservation needs, and display status determine what may be available for loan. For additional information and requirements, please read the Outgoing Loan Procedures.
Can you appraise or authenticate my object?
The staff of the History Nebraska Collections Department cannot appraise or authenticate artifacts.
Our policy regarding appraisals is outlined in the History Nebraska’s Institutional Values and Code of Ethics.
For additional information, please download the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center Appraiser Information resource.
Do you have any jobs, internships, or work study?
Internships, work-study positions, and volunteer opportunities are often available in the Collections Department and Archives. Please visit our Volunteer and Internship Opportunities page for a list of opportunities currently available along with their job description. For additional information about sharing your time with History Nebraska, please visit our Get Involved page.
How do I do research?
What kind of genealogy resources does History Nebraska have?
History Nebraska holds a wide variety of resources to help you in your genealogy research. Our Research and Reference Services would be happy to assist you. Or submit your question with the Online Reference Request Form.