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 Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is largest collection of Afghanistan materials in the United States. The collection has over 20,000 titles in twenty-nine different languages. It serves the research needs of UNO faculty and students as well as national and international scholars in the area of Afghanistan studies.
In the fall of 1974, Arthur Paul donated his private collection of Afghanistan material to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Center for Afghanistan Studies. The Library acquired the collection and it became part of the Criss Library's Special Collections. A collaborative partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Kabul University was established in the early 1970s. The relationship between the two universities was interrupted after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979. The University's commitment to Afghanistan studies continued to grow through the Library and the Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS). The CAS began the Education Press as a part of an International Red Cross effort in the early 1980s, printing and copying documents for Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. The press's clients included Afghan ministries, especially the Ministry of Education, President Karzai's office, the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. military base at Bagram, UN offices, international and Afghan NGOs, and private entities. The UNO Education Press was chosen to print the 2004 Constitution of Afghanistan and the ballots for the first democratic elections in Afghanistan in 35 years.
Criss Library has made extensive efforts to add to Paul's original contribution, with the result that the library currently has over 20,000 titles. The Library acquires additional research materials as they become available.