Browse Exhibits (56 total)

Nisei Collection at the University of Nebraska

The Nisei Collection at the University of Nebraska is a collection of newspapers and photographs from World War II. The collection highlights the Japanese-American experience in war relocation camps and the Nisei experience at UNL.

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Disloyalty Trials at the University of Nebraska

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This is an exhibit about the University Trials that took place in the Law Building on campus in May and June of 1918. The trials were held over the disloyalty of professors who spoke about United States involvement in World War I.

Cultural Plurality: The Struggle for a Chicano Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This exhibit explores the founding of the Chicano Studies Program in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The time line begins in 1971 and ends with the implementation of the Chicano Studies program in 1976.

There are photographs, and documents within the exhibit.

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An Endowment for Education: Nebraska & the Morrill Act 1862-1890

The federal government, under the auspice of the Morrill Act, endowed the state of Nebraska with 90,000 acres of land to create a state agricultural college. The profit from land sold allowed for the creation of the University of Nebraska. Yet the correlation of federal land and physical university is not one of spatiality, but rather of ink and paper. This thematic archive collection traces the origins of the University through laws from Congress to the Board of Regents.




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The Pride of All Nebraska: A Band's Growth from the Military Tradition


This project explores the struggles of the Nebraska Cadet Band in the early 1900 to 1940s as it grew from a primarily military band to the community oriented marching band that it is today.

Bringing Students Together: The Nebraska Union 1936 - 1939

During the mid-1930s, a revolution took place on campus. One that wasn't violent, or even really demonstrated. One that would result in a building being built on campus for one purpose: to bring the students of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln together under one roof for any activity desired.


"For Nebraska, We Will"- 1916 Nebraska vs. Oregon State

A detailed look into the Nebraska Cornhuskers' first road trip outside the midwest for a football game. They traveled to Portland, Oregon to play the Oregon State Aggies. The game marked the first time that the Nebraska football team traveled outside the midwest to play an opponent. The game was organized with the help of the Cornhusker coach, E.J. Stewart. Stewart was a first year coach at the University and stressed the need for not only the football team, but all the sports to schedule tougher opponents in order to gain national respect, even if the risk of defeat was higher. Due to Stewart's, along with others, influence on athletics at Nebraska, a legacy of pride and confidence began to grow. The trip to Portland to take on the Aggies was just the first step.

"Well Anyhow We Done Our Damndest!": The 1912 Yearbook Recall

This exhibit tells the story of the recall and censorship of the 1912 Cornhusker resulting from Chancellor Samuel Avery's objections to the content and attitude of many of the cartoons featured in the yearbook.

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Honoring the Mother Tongue: The Struggle to Establish and Maintain Czech Language Instruction from 1903-1919

The struggle to establish a Czech language, literature, and cultural program at the University of Nebraska from 1903-1919. 

John J. Pershing, Roscoe Pound, and the 1917 University of Nebraska Commencement

This exhibit tells the story of John J. Pershing, Roscoe Pound, and the 1917 University of Nebraska Commencement.

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Mabel Lee and Louise Pound: The Commemoration and the Rivalry

This exhibit explores Mabel Lee and Louise Pound and how both women affected the University of Nebraska and are today commemorated on campus. It then discusses the differences between the two women and the feud surrounding them, as well as examining how 2 such different women are similarly commemorated on the same campus. 

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The Old Iron Gates: "A Memorial to the Past and a Gateway to the Future"

The Old Iron Gates serve as a connection to the early stages of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  In this exhibit, we will explore the history, restoration, and significance of these monumental gates to the University.


Charles E. Bessey: The Man Behind the Building

This exhibit explains who the man behind the well known Bessey Hall was. It goes into great detail about the life of Charles E. Bessey, and it specifically focuses on his work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As well as informing the observer about Bessey himself, this exhibit also explores the origins of the famous Bessey Hall. 

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Memorial Stadium: A Tribute to Nebraska's Soldiers

Exhibit detailing the formation and commemoration behind the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Memorial Stadium.

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The Schiller Linden Tree

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This exhibit chronicles the history of the Schiller Linden tree planted by professor of German language Laurence Fossler and the events surrounding its defacement and replacement. 

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Willa Cather Memorials: How UNL Remembers Her


This project explores the ways in which the University of Nebraska-Lincoln commemorates the legacy of Willa Cather on campus and some possible reasons behind it.

C. H. Oldfather, a Classical Educator

Charles Henry Oldfather, Dean of Science in the past, a look at his life at UNL and his academic legacy.


The Broyhill Fountain: The Story Behind the Focal Point of City Campus

This exhibit explores the story behind the construction of the Broyhill Fountain near the University of Nebraska's city campus Union and how it has evolved over time.


The Monuments of Memorial Stadium

For decades, Memorial Stadium has been a defining symbol of the University. The three monuments located outside the stadium add to its majestic aura and memorialize the men who achieved greatness through embodying the football program's legacy of tradition, character, and leadership.

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Gen. John J. Pershing: Contributions and Commemeration at UNL 1891-1895


This exhibit commemorates the contibutions of General Pershing to the University of Nebraska during his time as head of the Military Department, as a faculty member, and the legacy he has left in the city of Lincoln

Native American Bones Controversy

This exhibit examines the impact of the controversy over Native American remains and their repatriation. It shows the effects of the NAGPRA law throughout the nation, and the law's specific effects that sparked controversy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and culminated in the creation of a reconciliation plaque on East Campus.

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"The Grand Old Man of Ag College": S.W. Perin

The Porch is a commemoration to S. W. Perin, the college farm superintendent who worked there from 1889 to 1930. S. W. Perin was known for taking care of the farm and fostering its growth into what East Campus is today.

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Student Publications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

As one of the premier land-grant universities established in the Midwest in the late parts of the 19th and early parts of the 20th century, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was a pioneer in higher education in many ways. 

The English Department at the University was influential in shaping one of the first generations of writers to come from Nebraska specifically in their support of undergraduate writing programs. The Kiote and The Freshman Scrapbook were two such writing programs dedicated to publishing the works of undergraduates at UNL, allowing students to experience the world of publishing their own work. 

The Kiote and The Freshman Scrapbook are filled with poems, short stories, political essays, humorous pieces, and many tidbits about life at the University at the beginning of the 20th century. Nebraska's legacy as a boon to young writers began early and can be witnessed in the multitude of talents present throughout these works.

This collection seeks to showcase the literary and academic growth in the University's English department because of the publication of these works. The collection includes a work from each printed edition of The Kiote and The Freshman Scrapbook as well as other notable or entertaining works interspersed. Scans of the editions are included with most works. 

1920-1929: A Decade of Change

This exhibit focuses on the 1920s in the University's history.  The '20s were a time of identity crisis for the country and the University. WWI had just ended in 1918 and the United States was recovering and rediscovering themselves.  As for the University, there was no post-war recuperating, but there was plenty of soul-searching as to what type of school the University would be.  With the construction of Memorial Stadium, athletics were becoming just as important as academics.  And much like the U.S. presidents of the 1920s, the administration during the 1920s at the University did not exhibit strong leadership.  Decisions regarding new colleges were plentiful during this era; decisions that would ultimately define the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as what it is today.

1900-1909: Legacies, Football, and Dirty Oil Money

At the turn of the century the University of Nebraska was transforming from a small prairie school to a prestigious center for higher education in a growing community. This exhibit aims to outline the legacies, controversies, and the indentity of the University of Nebraska in the 1900s.

1910-1919: War, Suspicion, and a New Beginning

This exhibit examines college life in the 1910s at the young University of Nebraska dealing with the shock of World War I, the changes that came with it, and how dark times led to hope for a brighter future.

1890-1899: A Golden Era

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Drawing from the picture of the University as a booming, spirited community, this project will delve into the University's situation in the fabulous 1890s. By researching the Administration, Faculty, Students, and Community at that time, this project seeks to portray an unbiased and accurate picture of the University in the 1890s.

1960-1969: The University Expands

This exhibit is about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the 1960s and its growth during this time.

1980-1989: Perseverance Through Tribulation

The eighties was a decade of seemingly certain war with the Soviet Union and in a time when the President of the United States implemented his own economic system, Reaganomics, which not only reduced income taxes and regulation, but also significantly reduced federal aid to state governments. This exhibit shows how amidst these changes that had a substantial effect on state funding of higher educational institutions, UNL took the changes in stride in this steadfast decade committed to growth, advancement towards the future, and excellence.

1940-1949: War and Peace on the University of Nebraska Campus

The decade of the 1940s was one that was clearly divided into two parts: wartime and peacetime. The outbreak of World War II had a profound effect on the entire country, including the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. When the dust settled, a new culture developed on campus. This project traces the history of UNL during the1940s.