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History 111 - Nebraska in the World


Welcome to the guide for Nebraska in the World. This is intended as a starting point, not an exhaustive list. I encourage you to look outside these resources if nothing here fits your interests - and consult with myself and your professor to identify resources to help you. 

This guide focuses mostly on primary sources - for help finding secondary sources, consult the general History Subject Guide, or make an appointment so that I can assist you with the process.


What is a Primary Source?

Documents that were created at the time of the event or subject you’re studying or by people who were observers of or participants in that event or topic.

What makes the source a "primary" source is when it was made, not what it is.

Primary sources come in lots of formats including but not limited to diaries, realia (physical objects like clothing), photographs, emails, paintings, video, government documents, and legal documents.


Digital Nebra Resources

Local History at UNK Library

  • Nebraska Documents: located on the 2nd floor of the UNK Library, opposite the book collection. Most items are not in the catalogue, so browsing is helpful. See charts on the sides of the shelves for suggestions of where to start, or consult a librarian.
  • Family, town, county, and regional histories: these are great sources - many are available in UNK Special Collections. Search the catalogue.  
  • Local newspapers: many local newspapers are available on microfilm. Search for individual papers in the catalogue, or see the document below for the full list of papers. These are a great source for many types of research. 

Films on Demand

Films on Demand has a collection of archival film and newsreels. This search shows videos with Nebraska as part of the search. Select "Archival Flms & Newsreels" to limit it to older content.