Material in Special Collections & Rare Books in UNO Criss Library's Archives & Special Collections contains unique and specialized items of local, state and regional interest in addition to a wide variety of materials in many subject areas and formats, including Omaha and Nebraska history, pre-19th century books, autographed books and rare first editions.
All books are described and searchable in the library's catalog.
Finding aids for the individual collections that are part of the other special collections are available from Archives & Special Collections. Archives & Special Collections' database provides finding aids for researchers to search or browse. The database was launched in September 2014 and finding aids for collections will continue to be added. Researchers will note finding aids for material from University Archives, Special Collections, and the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection in the Archives & Special Collections' database. If you have not found what you are looking for in the database contact staff in Criss Library's Archives & Special Collections for assistance.
Archives & Special Collections at UNO Criss Library is open to the public Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and by appointment.
Archives & Special Collections will close at 4pm on Friday, June 26, 2015.
Archives & Special Collections will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015.
Archives & Special Collections will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015.
We encourage all researchers to review online information about finding material in and using material from Archives & Special Collections in advance of your visit to Criss Library. Archives & Special Collections includes the Afghanistan Collection, the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives, University Archives, and Special Collections and Rare Books.
Research appointments are not required, but are encouraged for those visiting Archives & Special Collections in Criss Library. An appointment can ensure your research visit is as productive as possible. Contact us in advance of your visit to make an appointment.
The beginning of the Rare Book collection can be traced to a collection acquired from Tabor College in Tabor, Iowa. Tabor College closed in 1927 and Omaha University acquired books from Tabor, including the Icarian Collection. The library has continued to add to the collection through gifts, transfers from the library's general stacks, and the purchase of material.