History Nebraska

Research, Reference, & Genealogy

Reference Services

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

The James E. Potter Research Room is located at 1500 R Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, and is open on Fridays, 9 am – 4 pm.

The James E. Potter Research Room is also available by appointment on Tuesday mornings, 9 am – 12 pm, and Wednesday afternoons, 1 pm – 4 pm. To schedule an appointment, please contact us via email. When making an appointment request, please be as specific as possible about the resources you request to see (titles of newspapers or library items; collection titles and box numbers of archival collections; etc.).

Effective June 1st, 2024, our research and reference appointment hours will be changed to Wednesday and Thursday 1 pm – 4 pm.

Please note: We ask that you submit an appointment request at least two business days before your requested appointment. We cannot guarantee appointment availability with less than two business days’ notice. Some government records collections are stored off-site. Requests for these collections may require up to five business days before the materials will be accessible in the Reference Room.

Paper copies from our microfilm readers and computers are no longer available. If you would like a scan, you can save it on a flash drive or send it through email. Please either bring a flash drive or be sure you know your email password so you can access you email account from a reference room computer.

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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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History Nebraska Education

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Education Digital Learning Resources

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History Nebraska Programs

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Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

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Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

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Digital Resources

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Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.