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Walter and Anna McKee Halsey Papers

Identifier: UNO-0013

Scope and Contents

The Walter and Anna McKee Halsey Collection comprises correspondence of Reverend Walter N. Halsey, his wife Anna Mary McKee Halsey, and their descendants, along with photographs, artifacts, and ephemera. Most of the letters were written by Anna McKee Halsey. Anna McKee's correspondence with her parents and siblings about her experiences as a missionary in New Mexico covers the time period 1884-1885. In 1908, sponsored by the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Omaha, Dr. Walter Halsey and Dr. Daniel E. Jenkins founded the University of Omaha (which became the Municipal University of Omaha in 1931 and the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1968). Correspondence covers the time period of the University of Omaha's founding and Dr. Halsey's term as the university's first Dean of Faculty, 1908-1918. Correspondence after 1948 relates to the Halsey descendants' genealogical research on the family.


  • Creation: 1875-1970


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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

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


3.4 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)


Arranged into loose series: Series: Correspondence; Series: Photographs. Collection includes material that has not yet been further arranged and described.

Custodial History

The collection had been donated to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association by Cornelia Helenee Halsey Linstrum, daughter of Walter and Anna, sometime prior to 1974. It was stored in the Alumni Association offices until 1989, when Jim Leslie donated it to the University Archives. Les Valentine, University Archivist, confirmed with Stuart Halsey, son of Helene Halsey Linstrum, that the family wished for the collection to be a permanent part of the University Archives collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jim Leslie, Executive Director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association.

Related Materials

Valentine, Les. (2004, Winter). "I feel as if I were on some other planet": The New Mexico correspondence of Presbyterian missionary Anna Mary McKee, 1884-1885. New Mexico Historical Review, 79(1), 59-110.

Processing Information

Processed by student workers Laurie Nettelmann, Lisa Kobe, and Jennifer Weimer, during or prior to 2004.

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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