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Omaha Folklore Project: Interview with Harold Becker, Interview Date: 1978 October 6, Date Digitized: 1/23/2017

Identifier: MSS0018_au019

Scope and Contents

The oral history interview of Harold Becker regarding his experiences and knowledge of the history of Omaha, Nebraska from the 1890s to the 1970s was conducted by UNO student Mary Lyons on October 6, 1978. Becker highlighted prominent figures in Omaha's history, important events, local politics, and community division and diversity. Becker wrote an Omaha history column for the Omaha Sun newspaper, so his interview includes a mix of his personal recollections along with recounting episodes and events from the city's history. For example, Becker talks about Malcolm X, who was born in Omaha, but what he relates about Malcolm X is taken from Malcolm X's autobiography and other published works not Becker's personal recollections. The audio quality at the beginning of the recording is poor, but does improve later in the recording.


  • Interview Date: 1978 October 6
  • Date Digitized: 1/23/2017


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This item is not yet available online. If you believe this may be a recording of you or your ancestor, please contact UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections at or 402.554.6046.


1 Cassettes

Materials Specific Details


Materials Specific Details

Original format: cassette tape; Digital format: mp3


Interviewer: Mary Lyons


Runtime: 02:58:05

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