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Nebraska Western Trails Partners

Nebraska Library Commission

Coordinating Agency for Nebraska Participants

Project: Contributed approximately 450 images of text documents reflecting the development of Nebraska recreational trails. They include a charming 1938 "how to" guide entitled Nebraska Nature Trails written by Ruth Fleming for the Works Project Administration, a 1994 consultant's report prepared for the Nebraska Energy Office entitled A Network of Discovery, A Comprehensive Trails Plan for the State of Nebraska, and the 1997 Cowboy Trail Master Plan, created by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy and Clark Enersen Partners architects for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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Location: 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

Contact: Devra Dragos, Technology and Access Services Director, 402-471-4335


History Nebraska (Nebraska State Historical Society)

Project: Contributed 187 images of photographs, artifacts, documents, paintings, and drawings from the Visitors Center at Chimney Rock National Monument . Perhaps the most famous of Overland Trail landmarks, Chimney Rock's importance to western emigrants from the 1840s-1860s was unparalleled. This project enables the Historical Society to share this information with people unable to visit in person by providing a digital exhibit of a portion of the collection.

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Location: PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554

Contact: Reference Room, 402-471-4751,


Omaha Public Library

Project: Early Omaha: Gateway to the West Contributed 770 images of photographs, lantern slides, postcards, and maps reflecting Omaha's importance as the site of the Union Pacific headquarters and point of eastern origin for the first transcontinental railway. Omaha became the home to many seeking their fortune, as well as to immigrants working on the railroad and businesses supplying goods to west and east. Images and maps in the collection document Omaha's transformation from a town into a city.

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Location: 215 South 15th. St., Omaha, NE 68102



Oregon Trail Museum - Scotts Bluff National Monument

Project: Contributed 500 images of paintings, sketches, and photographs by famed pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson and five letters from travelers on the Oregon Trail. In recent years these images have become increasingly popular illustrations for books, articles, and museum exhibits and documentaries. Posting the most requested images to the National Parks Service Web site will enable writers, editors and researchers to not only learn of the existence of the collection, but also obtain copies more easily in an inexpensive CD-ROM format.

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Location: PO Box 27, Gering, NE 69341-0027

Contact:  308-436-9700


Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

Project: Contributed 727 images from Paine family travel journals of 1889, 1901, and 1920; Oregon Trail Memorial Association publications; Lincoln Highway photographs and documents; and early Hall County settler Norman Reese pioneer reminiscences. The Museum is located in Hall County, through which the Overland Trails, transcontinental railroads, and Lincoln Highway passed. A portion of the Oregon Trail remains on the Museum grounds.

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Location: 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68801

Contact: Research Department 308-385-5316


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries

Project: Westward Through Nebraska Contributed 640 images of text concerning the westward movement through Nebraska along the Oregon Trail and Union Pacific Railroad. They include a unique 1933 thesis entitled The Geography of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska, Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourist's Guide (1871), Guide to the Union Pacific Railroad Lands (1870), and Silas Seymour's Incidents of a Trip through the Great Platte Valley to the Rocky Mountains and Laramie Plains in the Fall of 1866.... The Library will also program and host the database of metadata records for the project.

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Location: Digital Initiatives & Special Collections, UNL Libraries, 29 Love Library, Lincoln, NE 68588-4100.

Contact: Katherine L. Walter, Chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections, 402-472-3939,

Dee Ann Allison, Director of Computing Operations & Research Services, 402-472-3944,

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Supported in part by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

For more information, contact Devra Dragos.