American Memory Historical Collections
Examples of materials related to Nebraska are provided
for most of the collections listed below. Search on the term Nebraska to locate additional resources within
these American Memory collections.
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 African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society
This selection of manuscript and printed text and images illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes.
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 from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945
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. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska to locate more than 900 black-and-white photographs as well as seven color photographs of Nebraska.
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 Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library
The collection consists of 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. Browse the collection by state to locate thirty-three photographs of Nebraska.
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.
Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955
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. Search the bibliographic records to find more than 100 photographs of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Baseball Cards, 1887-1914
This collection presents 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. Browse by city to locate baseball players from Omaha, Nebraska.
Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present
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 place to locate items for Nebraska.
By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present
A collection of 156 portraits of presidents and first ladies from those items in the Prints and Photographs Division's file of popular demand images. The selected images include at least one likeness of each of the forty-one presidents and most of the first ladies. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Ford to find a portrait of President Gerald Ford, the only United States president from Nebraska.
By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
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.
"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.
Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society
The images in this collection are drawn from the New-York Historical Society's rich archival collections that document the Civil War. Included in this collection is an image of a Pictorial Envelope with the Seal of the State of Nebraska.
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.
Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images
The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-30, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Search by American Indian Tribe using the cultural area of the Great Plains to find images of Indian culture in Nebraska.
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
This collection presents more than 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska for six images from the state.
The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
This collection documents the historical formation and cultural 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.
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.
History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library
Over 30,000 photographs illuminate many aspects of the history of the American West. They illustrate Colorado towns and landscape, document the place of mining in the history of Colorado and the West, and show the lives of more than forty Native American tribes living west of the Mississippi River.
"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.
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.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books
The books in this collection are nineteenth-century American imprints, dating mainly from between 1850 and 1880. They have been digitized by the University of Michigan as part of the Making of America project, a major collaborative endeavor to preserve and provide access to historical texts.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: Photographs from the Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections
These two collections from the Institute for Regional Studies at North Dakota State University contain photographs of rural and small town life at the turn of the century. Highlights include images of sod homes and the people who built them; images of farms and the machinery that made them prosper; and images of one-room schools and the children that were educated in them.
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.
Photographs from the Chicago Daily News
This collection comprises approximately 54,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, one of Chicago's leading newspapers.
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 South Texas Border, 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection
The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. It includes glass negatives, lantern slides, nitrate negatives, prints, and postcards, representing the life's work of commercial photographer Robert Runyon (1881-1968), a longtime resident of South Texas. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Nebraska to find four photographs of infantry troops from the state.
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.
Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. Search the bibliographic records to locate eighteen images of Nebraska.
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
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. Search the bibliographic records using the term Nebraska to locate eight photographs from the state.
Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869
The collection tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to hundreds of thousands of westward migrants.
Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century
This digital collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures, promotional advertisements and talent circulars for some 4,546 performers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit.
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.