Browse Exhibits (53 total)

1869-1889: The Beginnings

The beginning of the University was a turbulent time, with plenty of criticism from the community, and a constant fight to prove its own worth. The school grew in many ways in the first twenty years, and made changes that ultimately started the transformation into what we see today. The Morrill act set the stage, giving Lincoln the land to build their own college. It started out small with only twenty students taking college courses; choosing from three course paths. As the years progressed, new chancellors brought new ideas, and the University evolved. Eventually the position of the community shifted from hostile to accepting as the University of Nebraska set the foundation for years to come.

1950-1959: Success Through Troubled Times

A quick summary of important happenings during the Korean War era of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

1970-1979: A Decade of Conflict

The decade of the 1970s was a very unstable time in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's history. The addition of UNO to the University system created conflicts in how power would be separated between the Chancellor, the Board of Regents, and the State Legislature. Ultimately, this project demonstrates how UNL handled this problem-filed decade.

1930-1939: The Dirty University Thirties

An overview of the University of Nebraska during the 1930s. The 1930s delivered hard times for all, including the University, but as did most, the University found a way to succeed.

Carrie Belle Raymond

Includes two portraits of and information on Carrie Belle Raymond, University of Nebraska faculty member and Director of University Chorus.

Raymond Hall, 540 North 16 Street, in Lincoln, Nebraska, is named after Carrie Belle Raymond. A look at the Bulletin of the University of Nebraska "Won't You Come With Me To See Carrie Belle Raymond Hall?" will show how the dormitory appeared in 1937.


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Past People: The UNL Anthropology Department

The Anthropology Department has been at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for many years in one form or another. In this archive I will show when it became its own department as well as some of the most important people in the department’s history since the beginning. Also I will show how the department has changed over the years by looking at its original course selection and how it has changed over the years as well as how the department has moved around the campus over the years.
While the Anthropology Department at UNL was created in 1945 there were a few colleges that created theirs earlier. The University of Kansas' Anthropology department has been around since the 19th century. However we were not the last College around to develop an Anthropology department. Iowa State University started theirs just 20 years ago in 1990. Still there are some Universities around that don’t have an Anthropology department.

The Centennial Education Program: An Overview of New UNL Learning Strategies from 1969 to 1972


This archive provides general information and key documents about the Centennial Education Program, its courses, housing, and professors.

"No Men Allowed" The Associated Women Students at The University of Nebraska, 1911-1970


This collection is designed to show the history of the Associated Women Students (AWS), one of the largest and most prominent student organizations at the University of Nebraska from 1911 to 1970. It was the AWS that supported and governed the women of the University of Nebraska. 

A Century of Womanhood: Delta Delta Delta Sorority at UNL

Delta Delta Delta was begun by Sarah Ida Shaw and her two friends in November of 1888 at Boston College. The bold idea of a fraternal organization for women was unheard of, so the three women organized their own. Over the years, the women of Delta Delta Delta have progressed and spread relations throughout their community with philanthropy and other events. St. Judes became their official philanthropic outlet in the 1970's and since have raised money for the cause. 

The Tri-Delta sorority founder, Sarah Shaw, had originally declined bids from other sororities because of her religion, until she decided that she could create a sorority based with Christian values. Her friends agreed to help her begin it and soon enough the founding sisters had a group of women with Christian values for the sorority. 

All That Jazz: the UNL Jazz Bands

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This purpose of this collection is to explain the progression and acceptance of jazz studies into the University of Nebraska education and higher education in general. This collection is also meant to be a history of the University's jazz bands and their activities. 


The Evolution of College Sports: The UNL Men's Swim Team 1922-2001

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This archive presents a comprehensive history of the former UNL Men’s Swim Team. The project begins with the founding of the team in 1922 and ends in 2001 when the program was abruptly cancelled due to financial reasons as well as accusations that the team violated NCAA rules.

"Divestment" Students React and Protest Against the Apartheid in South Africa, March 1966

This exhibit captures the reactions, opinions and organization of the University of Nebraska students interpreting the world view of “divestment” with the Apartheid of South Africa.   

UNL Campus Security: 1983-1992




The purpose of this project is to document the fact that UNL has not always been the safe learning environment we know it as today.  There was a time when women could not even visit the library to do their homework without feeling they could possibly be in danger.  It has only been within the last 30 years the campus security has increased, making UNL one of the safest campuses in the United States.  

Love Memorial Library: A New Library for a New World (1941 - 1968)

This collection covers the most important areas of the history of the Don L. Love Memorial Library at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Information and documentation surrounding the orginal library of the University, the construction of Love Library, the stationing of troops at Love during WWII, and the opening of the library to students and faculty can be found here. 

Notably, and of seminal importance to University history, the Library was and continues to be a factor and sign in the process of transforming what was once just a "Prairie University" into a first-class research institute.

Louise Pound Publications

Louise Pound published an impressive amount of scholarly work during her time at the University of Nebraska. When her contemporaries were concentrating on English and Greek literature, Pound was focused on American authors and Nebraska folk-ways.


Morrill Hall: A History of Nebraska's State Museum


Nebraska is a state blessed to have a rich archeological and paleological record as well as a strong public university. The combination of these factors led to the creation of the Nebraska State Museum, known on the university of Nebraska-Lincoln campus as Morrill Hall. This project traces the history of Morrill Hall: the building, the people, and the collections that have made it extraordinary as an institution.

                Morrill Hall has been a groundbreaking institution for the state in terms of wealth of its collections, the depth of its research, and the pride it has generated among the populace of Nebraska. The collection of mammoths displayed in “Elephant Hall” has been a landmark for Nebraska since the museum’s doors first opened. However, few know the story of how this institution came to be.

The museum itself would be all for naught if it was not for the fearless directors who led the way to construction and administration of one of Nebraska’s first natural history institution. The museum provided a home for the treasure trove of artifacts that director E.H. Barbour excavated and brought back for the university. The famed “Elephant Hall” has been one of the largest collections of mammoth bones in the United States, and continues to draw visitors from around the country. Both the university and the state have gained from the museum.

                This collection will serve to illustrate the breadth of Morrill Hall’s collections, the hard work and collaboration required to establish a museum of natural history in Nebraska, the history of the institution, and the current work of the museum today.

Items include photographs, documents, glass plate negatives, correspondence, and interviews with current staff and director.

English Theatre Portraits

This exhibit features 20 of these images from about 138 found in the English Theatre Portraits collection. It is divided in to two categories: portraits of actors and scenes from theatrical productions.  Information about the actors, actresses, and theatrical productions is provided with the images.

An Act To Establish the University of Nebraska



View the University Charter, dated February 15th, 1869, that established the University of Nebraska.

In Memoriam: Rachel Lloyd, Ph.D

Learn more about Rachel Lloyd, who taught at the University of Nebraska, Department of Chemistry, from 1887 to 1894.

Clifford M. Hardin, Chancellor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Clifford M. Hardin was the University of Nebraska Chancellor from 1954-1968, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Richard Nixon from 1969-1971, and Vice Chairman of Ralston-Purina from 1971-1980.  This exhibit contains details of his life and accomplishments.

William Jennings Bryan Political Cartoons

William Jennings Bryan actively participated in the Democratic Party throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  He served as a Nebraska congressman and the 41st US Secretary of State; he unsuccessfully ran for United States presidency three times and for United States Senate once.  He is better remembered for his failed political bids and populist rhetoric, than for the offices he held.  His continual presence in national politics along with his ever-evolving political positions and changing political allies made him a frequent subject of political cartoons. 

This exhibit features cartoons from Jay N. "Ding" Darling, Homer Davenport, John T. McCutcheon, and William F. Hanny. Political cartoons reveal just as much about their subjects as they do about the time and culture in which they were created.  These cartoons are grouped by the general sentiment they represent about William Jennings Bryan, his political campaigns, and his ambitions.  The majority of cartoons in the exhibit are from the 1908 and 1920 election cycles.  If it is clear which election a cartoon is from, this is noted both in the subject section and with a tag, making it possible to search by election cycle. 

Co-Ed Visitation: A Student Effort

A description of student efforts to establish co-ed visitation, and eventally co-ed living in the University's Residence Halls

Among the Most Loved Women in China

This exhibit features the life and work of University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, Grace Coppock.