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Plains farms need trees : Trees prevent wind erosion, save moisture ... protect crops, contribute to human comfort and happiness / J. Dusek.
Plains farms need trees...
1 print on board (poster).
[between 1936 and 1940].
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents, which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

The collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries.  Search the full text using the search term Nebraska to locate twenty-five items related to the state.

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics that include the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

For most of the nineteenth century Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, usually six by eight inches, with lyrics but no music.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-40. The collection contains more than 300 titles for Nebraska.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Search the full-text option using the search term Nebraska to locate items pertaining to the state, including Our Whole Country; Volume 2—Nebraska Territory.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history. Browse by geographic location of printing to locate eight items printed in Nebraska.

Baseball Cards, 1887-1914

This collection presents 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. Browse by cities to locate baseball players from Omaha, Nebraska.

"California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900

The collection consists of the full texts and illustrations of 190 books documenting the formative era of California's history through eyewitness accounts. It covers the dramatic decades between the Gold Rush and the turn of the twentieth century.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska to find narratives from individuals who traveled from Nebraska to California.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

The collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.  Search the full text using the search term Nebraska for items relating to the state.

Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection

The Dayton C. Miller Collection is comprised of nearly 1,700 flutes and other instruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, tutors, patents, and other materials mostly related to the flute.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska to find eight items relating to the state.

Detroit Publishing Company

This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The collection contains eight photographs of Nebraska.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultur

al foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska to locate items related to the state, including an item related to Arbor Day, which originated in Nebraska in 1872.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. The collection contains more than 900 black-and-white photographs of Nebraska.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pictures focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working. The collection contains seven color photographs of Nebraska.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection consists of 397 pamphlets, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States. The collection contains more than 100 photographs of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the collection by geographic to locate items for Nebraska.

"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations

The collection brings together approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files from each of the 63 inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's in 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate more than twenty maps of Nebraska.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885

This collection consists of more than 62,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the nineteenth century.

Omaha Indian Music

Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s. The multi format ethnographic field collection contains 44 wax cylinder recordings collected between 1895 and 1897, 323 songs and speeches from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, and 25 songs and speeches from the 1985 Hethu'shka Society concert at the Library of Congress.

Panoramic Photographs

This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. The collection contains more than thirty images of Nebraska.

Posters: WPA Posters

This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of the New Deal.  This includes the following poster for soil conservation encouraging viewers to write the director of the Prairie States Forestry Project in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912

This collection integrates two collections from the holdings of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Approximately 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by Solomon D. Butcher record the process of settlement in Nebraska between 1886 and 1912. 

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

This collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition.  It contains nearly 200 selections from twelve collections of personal papers and two collections of institutional papers from the Manuscript Division, including An Address Given by President Coolidge at an American Legion Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

This collection represents a wide range of quiltmaking techniques, from highly traditional to innovative. The quilts pictured exhibit excellent design and technical skill in a variety of styles and materials.

The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919

This collection presents the complete seventy-one-week run of the World War I edition of the newspaper The Stars and Stripes. Published in France by the United States Army from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, the eight-page weekly featured news, poetry, cartoons and sports coverage, with a staff that included journalists Alexander Woollcott, Harold Wallace Ross and Grantland Rice. Written by and for the American soldiers at the war front, the paper offers a unique perspective from which to examine the wartime experience.  Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska to find several articles concerning the state.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921

The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign.  The collection comprises works from the libraries of other members and officers of the organization including: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Mary A. Livermore.  Included in this collection is the Life’s story of Mary E. Ryerson Butin, a Nebraskan physician.

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