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Reflections in Time, 1979-2007


Scope and Contents

Reflections in Time is a series of 125 interviews produced from 1979 to 2007 with former UNO staff, faculty, and administrators. Of the 125 interviews in this series, the first 73 programs (1979-1991) were hosted by UNO Professor of Communication Paul Borge and the final 52 (2000-2007) were hosted by UNO Dean of Arts & Sciences Jack Newton. No episodes were produced between 1991 and 2000.

Episodes from 1979-1991 were produced by KYNE-TV, in cooperation with the UNO Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, and University Television. Episodes from 2000-2007 were produced by UNO Television for the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha, with partial support from the UNO Alumni Association.


  • Creation: 1979-2007


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Users are required to view the interviews available online. Due to their fragile nature, the original videotapes may not be viewed in Archives & Special Collections.


125 Video recordings

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Episodes were issued by UNO Television to University Archives in U-Matic format from 1979 until approximately 1980, VHS format from approximately 1980 until 2005, and DVD format from 2006 until 2007.

U-Matic tapes were converted to VHS at an unknown date, most likely in the 1980s. The VHS tapes were converted to DVD by University Television circa 2011. The VHS and DVD copies were digitized into the MPEG-4 Part 14 format (commonly known as MP4) by the UNO Libraries Creative Production Laboratory circa 2017. In 2018, all digital videos in this series were enhanced with the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS).

Existence and Location of Copies

All Reflections in Time interviews were digitized from their original magnetic media formats to DVD and other electronic format. All interviews are cataloged at the item level by interviewee and searchable in the library catalog. A link is provided from the bibliographic record to a streaming copy of the interview. For physical copies, the original U-Matic tapes, VHS copies, and DVD copies are together in Archives & Special Collections, but only the VHS copies are fully cataloged.

Streaming video copies of Reflections in Time videos are also included in the UNO Oral History Collection, available online. See the records for the individual interviews for links to the streaming versions.


All videos in OHMS have time tags, and some also have transcripts available.


Oral history is one of many sources available to consult as part of your research. It reflects the experience of an individual and shares personal opinions offered by the interviewee in response to questioning. Additional sources can verify and provide additional information to the narrative of events presented in oral histories. Contact UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections to continue your research, find additional sources, or learn more.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States