While we hope that you will be able to visit our Reference Room, we recognize that some research requires access to our materials without traveling to Lincoln. In those cases, we will be happy to check our resources for you, if you submit a specific, written request. Such requests can be submitted by email to: ; or by mail to: Library/Archives, Nebraska State Historical Society, PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE, 68501.
We answer written queries in the order in which they are received. Because of the number of requests - usually numbering several hundred per month - there may be a lengthy delay until we are able to respond. Once we receive your request, we will let you know within five business days how long we anticipate the research will take. At that point, you might decide that you would prefer to have a private researcher-for-hire assist you. A list of possibilities is shown at: Researchers for Hire. Additionally, most newspapers and some manuscript collections, government records, and county atlases, all on microfilm, are available via interlibrary loan. We will advise you of that possibility when research requests can't be responded to quickly. Information about our interlibrary loan policies/procedures can be found at Interlibrary Loan procedures.
For additional information about any of the services we provide, please contact our Reference Staff at 402-471-4751 or by e-mail: