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The University Archives documents the history of the university from its founding to the present and is one of Criss Library Archives & Special Collections’ collecting areas.

University Archives Overview

The University Archives in UNO Criss Library Archives & Special Collections is the official repository for materials related to UNO history. The collection includes publications from university offices and departments, course catalogs, yearbooks, budget materials, Board of Regents and Faculty Senate minutes, graduate and undergraduate theses, a significant collection of photographs, personal papers and organizational records, and more all documenting UNO history. Original and on-line copies of the YELLow Sheet and Gateway student newspapers are also available.

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UNO Photograph Collection

People bowling at UNO's former bowling alley in the Milo Bail Student Center

UNO's former bowling alley in the Milo Bail Student Center. The bowling alley was lost to growing space demands in the 1970s.

Credit: UNO Photograph Collection, Archives & Special Collections, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

History of the Collection

Materials documenting UNO history have always been collected and supervised by library staff members. Over 100 years of UNO history there have been five library areas or structures. The first was a separate room in Joslyn Hall on the original 24th and Pratt Street campus. The second library was a temporary structure between Joslyn Hall and Jacobs Gymnasium. When the university moved to the present campus in 1938 the library was located in room 220 of the current Arts & Sciences Hall. Space concerns prompted the construction of Gene Eppley Library in 1956, now the Eppley Administration Building. Criss Library, the fifth and current home of University Archives, was completed in 1976.

UNO Yearbooks Available Online

The newest digital collection from Criss Library, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's yearbooks, have been digitized and are now available from the Internet Archive and DigitalCommons@UNO.

University of Omaha 1961 Tomahawk yearbook cover

Breakaway. The Omahan. The Gateway. Tomahawk. Maverick. The university's yearbook went by several names beginning as the Gateway then changing names to the Omahan, Tomahawk, and Breakaway before ending as the Maverick from 1973-1975. The first yearbook, the Gateway (1915-1927), shares its name with the university’s longtime student newspaper. The Tomahawk endured as the campus publication's name the longest from 1936 through 1970. In addition to the name changes, users will notice the changing composition of the volumes over the years as materials and styles evolved.

Whatever the yearbook's name or format, users will find each volume keyword searchable or able to be read like a book online. Yearbooks typically include photos and information about students, events, and faculty. In addition to student organizations, athletics, the arts, and other activities, the yearbooks also present opportunities for alumni, current students, and interested researchers to investigate changing fashions, popular culture, advertisements, and events through the lens of the university's students.

This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover- to-cover and in full color.  You can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or search the full text version.

Copies of each volume of the yearbook are also available for use in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections. Contact Archives & Special Collections for further information. 

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Prepare for Your Visit

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 ArchivesUniversity Archives, and Special Collections and Rare Books

Research appointments are not required, but can ensure your research visit is as productive as possible. If you wish,  contact us in advance of your visit to make an appointment. 

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Archives & Special Collections at UNO Criss Library is open to the public Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and by appointment.

Archives & Special Collections is closed whenever Criss Library is closed

Archives & Special Collections will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016.

Archives & Special Collections will be closed Monday, July 4, 2016. 

Find Us

Archives & Special Collections is located on the lower level (first floor) of Criss Library. Directions to the library and information about campus parking is also available. A number of hotels are located near campus and in the greater Omaha area.