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Photograph and Artifact Collections Database (aka PastPerfect)

This database features some of our most popular images. Search images from our Native American collections, the Macdonald Studio Collection (Lincoln, NE), and historical events from all over Nebraska. We are working hard to build this new database and adding new images often.

Suggested searches: Nebraska Capitol, Pawnee Tribe, Genoa Indian School, Hastings, Fort Robinson, football, Macdonald Studio, depots, flooding

Prairie Settlement

Search approximately 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by famous Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher to record the process of settlement in Nebraska between 1886 and 1912. Butcher photographed actively in central Nebraska including Custer, Buffalo, Dawson and Cherry counties. This database also features approximately 3,000 pages of Oblinger family letters discuss land, work, neighbors, crops, religious meetings, problems with grasshoppers, financial problems, and the Easter Blizzard of 1873. The database was created through a partnership with the Library of Congress' American Memory Project.

Suggested searches: sod house, cowboys, Afro-Americans, Industrial School, cattle, threshing, homestead, Kearney, watermelon

Nebraska Memories

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. NSHS contributed nearly 800 images from two amazing and vastly different collections, the John Nelson Collection and the John Anderson Collection. To look at NSHS's photographs, click on "Search" and add Nebraska State Historical Society to the selected collections column.

John Nelson was born in Harestad, Sweden, in 1864. He came to Nebraska with his parents at the age of seventeen. His photographs tell the story of small town life in Nebraska during the first decades of the twentieth century. His subjects included local businesses, community activities, and early automobiles.

Suggested searches: Lincoln, John Nelson, University of Nebraska, children, fair

John Anderson was a photographer who worked primarily at Fort Niobrara in Nebraska and on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Born in Sweden in 1869, he came to this country with his parents, eventually settling in Cherry County, Nebraska, in 1884. There are more than 350 glass plate negatives in the collection, including formal portraits of Fool Bull, Ben Reifel, and Crow Dog. Also included are scenes from around Rosebud and views of Fort Niobrara.

Suggested searches: John Anderson, Rosebud agency, beef issue, tipi, Grass dance, Picket Pin, Old Harney

Willa Cather Archives

The Willa Cather Archive is an ambitious endeavor to create a rich, useful, and widely-accessible site for the study of Willa Cather's life and writings. To that end, we are providing digital editions of Cather texts and scholarship free to the public as well as creating a large amount of unique, born-digital scholarly content. The Archive is a product of a partnership between the University of Nebraska Archives and Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, University of Nebraska­Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, The University of Nebraska Press, and the Cather Project at the University of Nebraska. To browse images from the NSHS Willa Cather Collection, click on the main menu's "Gallery" button.

Suggested searches: Red Cloud, Willa Cather, Kyd Clutter, Webster County, John Yost, Paul Swan

Omaha Indian Heritage

In an effort to make Omaha artifacts and photographic images more available, this project is creating an online catalogue of tribal resources drawn from international sources. Partners in the project are the University of Nebraska State Museum, which houses some important Omaha artifacts; the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, and the Nebraska State Historical Society. The University Libraries has significant experience in cataloging images and creating web accessible databases. The Society has Omaha artifacts in the Museum of Nebraska History, Omaha photographic images in the Library and Archives and a state-of-the art digitization lab. These partners are working together with consultants from the Omaha tribe to create this website that was partially funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This website is not searchable. Click on the Photograph link and enjoy a decade by decade virtual exhibit of a selection photographs featuring the Omaha Tribe.

Plains Indian Ledger Art

The Plains Indian Ledger Art Project (PILA) facilities the digitization of the unique genre of Plains drawing on paper created during the 1860-1900 period, in order to promote preservation, research, and public access. The project is located in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. PILA is offered world-wide, without charge, as an educational resource for all. NSHS shared digital copies the Keeling Ledger Book (11310-55) and the Soldier's Diary Ledger.



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