History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans. Our Collections division is an integral part of that mission. It collects, preserves, and provides access to all sorts of materials that document Nebraska's human history.

Materials held by the Collections Division include artwork, archeological materials, books, newspapers, maps, government records, records and papers from private businesses, organizations, and families, photographs; moving images; and sound recordings.  For more information about what we collect, see our Collecting Plan (PDF).

History Nebraska Collections are available to the public through museum exhibits, public programs, publications, and through our Reference Services department.  For more information about how to donate items, care for your family heirlooms and other frequently asked questions, see our Collections FAQs page.

History Nebraska is actively collecting items related to Nebraska's response to COVID-19. See how you can contribute materials to our documenting of COVID-19 in Nebraska.

Contribute to our COVID-19 Collection

History Nebraska is also collecting items related to Nebraska's racial injustice marches, from all perspectives. If you would like to contribute:

Contribute to our Racial Injustice Collection


Navigating our vast collections can be difficult to do alone. That's why our reference staff and volunteers are on hand to assist you with your research questions and requests. We strive to make your research efficient, pleasant, and productive.

The Reference Room is housed at History Nebraska's HQ in Lincoln, but our staff is happy to help you find what you need from afar. Just send us an e-mail!


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