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Welcome to the NSHS Photograph & Artifact Collections Search

This database is a work in progress and is constantly growing. Please check back frequently as new items are added often. If you do not find the photograph or artifact you are looking for, please contact nshs.reference@nebraska.gov.

The Nebraska State Historical Society provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes, and for personal enjoyment. The Society's written permission, or that of other possible rights holders (including publicity and/or privacy rights), is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions.

The Nebraska State Historical Society encourages use of these materials for education and personal enjoyment. Any other use, for example in web pages, documentary films, or publications of any kind, must be approved by the Nebraska State Historical Society. For information on how to obtain permission or to obtain prints or other copies of this material, please contact the reference desk at the address below. Ordering information and prices can be found at: http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/photos/copies.htm.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Omaha Indians will return records associated with Omaha OR Indians). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "John Falter"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with White in the name, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.