UNO Archives honor Nebraska’s 150th year of statehood

Photo by Will Patterson

Will Patterson

The Archives & Special Collections of the University of Nebraska at Omaha are currently displaying art and literature illustrating Nebraska culture.

This year marks the sesquicentennial, or more simply known as the 150th anniversary, of Nebraska’s statehood which officially began on March 1, 1867.

In honor of this milestone for Nebraska, UNO Archive & Special Collections has assembled a display on the lower floor of the Criss Library. The display consists of printings, poetry, short stories and art that are about Ne-braska or by Nebraskan authors.

Some easily recognizable names in the display are Steve Langan and Denise Brady, both of who are still associated with UNO.

Brady is currently the UNO Art Gallery coordinator, and Langan remains a mentor at UNO.

For those looking to give an edge to a research paper or just learn about local history, the UNO Archives & Special Collections should be a first stop. This office is located on the bottom floor of the Criss Library and is open to students, faculty and the public.

Amy Schindler, the director of UNO Archives & Special Col-lections, is excited to share the collection with students and the public.

“I enjoy doing this,” Schindler said. “It’s a very fun collection to work with because it’s very visual.”

A shared, outstanding trait of many displayed pieces is how they were created. The paper used in many of the displayed pieces is handmade—giving a variety of different appearances, from rough to smooth. Additionally, the text on the pages was set by hand.

In addition to the 30 displayed pieces, the archive has 800 other fine press books that can be looked at in the designated reading sections. Students who are interested in seeing more can make a request at the UNO Archive & Special Collections Office.

The selected Nebraska anniversary materials will be on display until Dec. 19, but all the materials will remain in the Criss Library archive.

Another collection that is always on display is material relating to former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, one of UNO’s most influential alumnus. Troves of donated material pertaining to Hagel is currently being sorted through by the archive’s teams.

Schindler encourages students interested in viewing material to come into the office or send an email. The staff at Archives & Special Collections can help students find certain materials and suggest other relevant documents.

Those who are interested in contributing to the archive of local history are encouraged to do so. While the archive is always looking to take donations, there are certain requirements materials must meet to join the collection.

“We want to make sure that we are collecting things that fit with what we already have,” Schindler said. “Material that will also be used by students.