Nebraska Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Nebraska History is published quarterly by the Nebraska State Historical Society. It has quality articles on a large array of Nebraska topics of history and culture. The society publishes an index (1959–79). Another important journal is Nebraska Ancestree, a quarterly that is published by the Nebraska State Genealogical Society. It contains genealogical data such as cemetery readings, early marriage records, newspaper abstracts, and queries. Back issues of its earlier publication may be available, such as Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Records, vols. 1–22, published from 1923–44. Many of the genealogical societies in Nebraska publish monthly newsletters.
The Nebraska State Historical Society has over 32,000 reels of Nebraska newspapers on microfilm dating from the territorial period to the present. The newspapers at the society have been cataloged as part of the Nebraska Newspaper Project, which currently has over 3,000 Nebraska newspaper titles. An inventory of the society’s newspaper collection can be accessed online through IRIS, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries online catalog. IRIS can be searched by keyword, subject, title, and name of the newspaper.
The Nebraska State Historical Society also has various published and unpublished newspaper indexes. A listing is available on the society’s website. The Nebraska State Newspaper Project, started in the 1980s as a project to index Nebraska newspapers, currently consists of over 200,000 names and is part of the Nebraska GenWeb Project.
The Omaha World-Herald Clipping File, a subject and biographic file with 400,000 subject files (including over five million clippings between 1907 and 1983), is held at the Douglas County Historical Society, General Crook House, 5730 N. 30th St., #11B, Omaha, NE 68111-1657.
The Nebraska State Historical Society has over 15,000 feet of archival material gathered from private sources. These manuscript collections represent the records of businesses, organizations, associations, churches, private educational institutions, and personal papers of individuals and families. The society’s website provides reference to these collections by type: business, organizational, church, family/individual, and political.