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Manuscript Collections

History Nebraska houses over 15,000 feet of archival material gathered from private sources — anything other than a government agency — and these we call “manuscript collections.”

There are over 2,800 separate manuscript collections representing the records of businesses, organizations, associations, churches, private educational institutions, and the personal papers of individuals and families. These collections contain business ledgers, legal records, minutes of meetings, letters, reports, diaries, scrapbooks, original literary works, estate papers, publications, and genealogical research — documents that help tell the story of those who created them. Some of these collections are quite large, and others contain only a few documents.

But no matter the size, each collection tells a unique story about life in Nebraska.

Business Records

The History Nebraska Archives holds the records of some Nebraska businesses and corporations. The collections range from a single hotel register to large sets of records of banks, mills and ranches.

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Church Records

The manuscript holdings of History Nebraska include the records of many Nebraska churches. The manuscript holdings also include records of some local and statewide religious organizations.

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Personal and Family Papers

The History Nebraska Archives holds the papers of numerous Nebraska families and individuals. Our collections include papers from both the famous and the common people.

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Organizational Records

History Nebraska Archives holds some records of Nebraska organizations and associations. Both local and statewide groups are represented, but these often reflect Nebraska activity on both national and international issues.

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Political Records

History Nebraska holds numerous manuscript collections relating to politics and government. These collections reflect the processes of state and national government and document the lives and careers of the individuals involved.

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About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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