The Nebraska Newspaper Project was a cooperative project between the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska State Historical Society. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The project sought out every issue of every newspaper published within Nebraska from territorial times through the present. After completing a planning grant during 1992-93, the task of cataloging Nebraska newspapers held at the Nebraska State Historical Society and Czech-American newspapers housed at the University Libraries was tackled in 1994 and was completed in 1997. During that time titles were located, holdings recorded, and newspapers were cataloged on OCLC, an international online union catalog. In turn, those records were downloaded into IRIS, the university's online integrated library system. In 2003, the records were also loaded into the historical society online catalog. You can get additional information about the project and about the holdings in IRIS and the historical society online catalog by viewing the Nebraska Newspaper Project website at:
In 1997, the project developed some additional finding aids to the collection at the Nebraska State Historical Society. From 1998-2000, UNL Libraries and the Nebraska State Historical Society sought newspapers missing from the collections at NSHS. Many of the papers were taken to Lincoln for microfilming following international preservation standards.
Although the Project ended in 2003, the NSHS continues to seek titles and issues that fill in gaps in its holdings. If you come across any old newspapers that you suspect are needed by the NSHS, contact the Library/Archives.
A video titled "The Nebraska Newspaper Project" is available for viewing by any interested individual or group. The video provides a thumbnail sketch of Nebraska and the state's newspaper history, an examination of newspaper microfilming at the Nebraska State Historical Society, and an overview of the newspaper project's accomplishments and goals. The video runs fifteen minutes and can be borrowed at no charge.
Contact: Library/Archives for further information.
See also Nebraska Newspapers: Digitizing Nebraska's History http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu