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Archives & Special Collections showcase collections through online exhibits and physical exhibits in Love Library, which can be viewed as you visit the reading room in Love South Lower Level. Find information about the current exhibits through the calendar on the Libraries Events & Exhibit page.

Historic buildings on campus
Historic Buildings on Campus

An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL

More than 60 building descriptions are included in this historic virtural tour of UNL covering 1869-1965. Biographical sketches of architects, faculty members, donors, regents, and others are included along with images, text, and maps. Keyword searching is available.

Ralph Blakelock, The Artist and the Archives

Ralph Albert Blakelock, a 19th-century American artist, is known for his moonlight landscapes and quiet paintings of American Indian encampments.

Cather Collections

George Cather Ray Collection

Learn about the George Cather Ray Collection and view documents and photographs relating to Willa Cather's cousin, G.P. Cather, and his experience in World War I.

The Willa Cather Archive

Images, text, manuscripts, and critical materials that document and contextualize the work of author Willa Cather (b.1873-d.1947).

Great Posters of the Great War

Enjoy several galleries of historical posters from World War I. This exhibit provides an introduction to French and American food rationing, temperance, and YMCA posters printed for the war effort.

Photo from the Willa Cather archives
Photo from Willa Cather Archives
Photo of The first May Pole Dance held in 1903.
The first May Pole Dance held in 1903.

Cornhusker Marching Band History

See the sights and sounds of marching band history from its beginnings in 1879.

Ivy Days

Experience the enchantment of Ivy Days through historical photographs and documentation. Ivy Days is one of the University of Nebraska's long-standing traditions that still takes place each year.

Japanese American NISEI Site

Website on the Japanese-American/Asian Collections at the UNL Libraries highlighting books, original documents, and alumni stories.

The John McConihe Correspondence: Speculating the Frontier

Learn about the early history of the Nebraska Territory through the writings of speculator John McConihe. The John McConihe Correspondence contains over 100 documents that detail the life and business of a frontier pioneer involved in land speculation, politics, and society.

Nebraska U: A Collaborative History

From the Archives of the UNL Libraries, Nebraska U is an effort to explore, through student research projects and multimedia, the history of Nebraska's most important University.

Photo from Nebraska U
Page from 1912 Yearbook
Photo of Shakespeare's Ophelia at UNL
'Ophelia' Engraving (Shakespeare)

Prairie Schooner History

A historical look at the editors who guided the Prairie Schooner through 75 years of continuous publication.

Sandberg Hallgren Collection

View selected propaganda leaflets, used during World War II, from the Sandberg Hallgren Collection.

Shakespeare at UNL Libraries

Explore the history of some materials relating to Shakespeare and his works from the collection of the University of Nebraska Libraries' Archives and Special Collections.

Woodrow Wilson Archives at the University of Nebraska

This exhibit features a variety of documents, items, and images related to President Wilson, his leadership during World War I, and his involvement at the Paris Peace Conference. These materials provide further insight into the life and presidency of Woodrow Wilson and the prevalent issues of his time.

Photo from Woodrow Wilson Archives
Photo from Woodrow Wilson Archives