Collections FAQs

WPA project at Nebraska State Historical Society, 1938 [RG0014.PH000004-000003]WPA project at Nebraska State Historical Society, 1938 [RG0014.PH000004-000003]

 

 

NSHS Photograph Room, ca. 1972 [RG0014.PH000034-000001]Nebraska State Historical Society Photograph Room, circa 1972 [RG0014.PH000034-000001]

 

 

William Schmidt and girl scouts at the Nebraska State Historical Society, April 1963. [RG0014.PH000030-000001]William Schmidt and girl scouts at the Nebraska State Historical Society, April 1963. [RG0014.PH000030-000001]

 

 

FERA project at the Nebraska State Historical Society, 1934-1935 [RG0014.PH000103-000001]FERA project at the Nebraska State Historical Society, 1934-1935 [RG0014.PH000103-000001]

 

 

Nebraska State Historical Society State Fair Exhibit, 1927 [RG0014.PH000087-000006]Nebraska State Historical Society State Fair Exhibit, 1927 [RG0014.PH000087-000006]

 

 

Nebraska State Historical Society staff artist Herbert Thomas and W.R. Parry restore the Halligan Doll House, Fall 1961 [RG0014.PH000021-000002]

Nebraska State Historical Society staff artist Herbert Thomas and W.R. Parry restore the Halligan doll house, Fall 1961 [RG0014.PH000021-000002]

 

How do I donate materials?

Thanks to the generosity of people such as you, NSHS has built a world class collection of museum and library/archives materials. We must be thoughtful and careful in accepting donations that adhere to our mission, avoid duplication, and assure the best use of our resources to safeguard Nebraska history. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact our Collections Department.

 

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 NSHS. 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?

NSHS collects a wide variety of historical materials, including:

  • artifacts with strong Nebraska ties
  • art
  • books and periodicals
  • historical Objects
  • manuscripts
  • government Records
  • maps and architectural drawings
  • film
  • photographs
  • audiovisual material

The NSHS Collections Policy gives further information collecting practices.

 

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
  • wncyclopedias, 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?

The NSHS Photograph & Artifact Collections Database is a great place to start. Our database is a work in progress and is constantly growing. Please check back frequently as new items are added often. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact nshs.reference@nebraska.gov.

 

How do I care for my family treasures?

The Gerald Ford Conservation Center, a division of NSHS, has created helpful Conservation Resources for tips about preserving these items.

 

Does NSHS loan objects from their collections?

NSHS loans objects from the collections to qualified institutions for exhibit, research, or other interpretive purposes. Loans are reviewed 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  NSHS Outgoing Loan Procedures.

 

Can you appraise or authenticate my object?  

The staff of the NSHS Collections Department cannot appraise or authenticate artifacts. For additional information, please visit our Appraisals and Authentication page.

 

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 Collections Work Opportunities (under construction) for a list of opportunities currently available along with their job description. Additional information about sharing your time with NSHS, please check out our Volunteer Opportunities page.

 

How do I purchase images from the NSHS Collections and Archives?

Check out our online Photograph and Audiovisual Request Form. Our Reference Staff would be happy to assist you.

 

How do I do research?

Our Research and Reference Services will help you connect to the material we collect and preserve. If you have a question, check out our Online Reference Request Form. Or you can contact us at nshs.reference@nebraska.gov.

 

What kind of genealogy resources does NSHS have?

NSHS 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

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