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UNO Athletics Collection

Identifier: UNO-0074

Scope and Contents

The UNO Athletics Collection comprises a large and diverse array of materials related to the various athletics programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the Municipal University of Omaha, including scrapbooks, photographic formats, artifacts and memorabilia, trophies and awards, papers of athletics department faculty and staff, paintings, news and publicity material, and blueprints from about 1924 to the present. Included are materials related to specific sports programs; individual student athletes, coaches and directors; facilities; departmental administration; and Campus Recreation activities.

Materials related to Women's Athletics programs include: --Scrapbooks (binders of photographs and programs) for basketball (1970/1971-2008/2009), cross country/XC/track (1977/1978-2003/2004), golf (2002/2003-2008/2009), soccer (1998/1999-2008/2009, incomplete), softball (1969/1970-2007/2008, including the Women's College World Series, 1977-1979, 1981), swimming (1997/1998-2002/2003), tennis (1975/1980), volleyball (1970/1971-2011/2012, incomplete), and general --Connie Claussen papers, including correspondence, brochures, and information packets --Media guides for softball (1979 to the present), volleyball (1979 to the present, incomplete), basketball (1976 to the present), and soccer (1999 to the present) --Indexed organizational records of women's athletics administration (1968-1998), basketball (1981-1994), softball (1974-1998); track and field/cross country (1979-1997); volleyball (1971-1997), the Women's Walk (1986-1997), and the Briefcase Relay (1998-1995) --Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk binders, including photographs, press releases, newsletters, and other records (1986-2000) --Lady Mavs Events Binders --University of Omaha Women's Basketball score books (1924-1930) --Proclamations honoring UNO Lady Mavs --UNO Women's Athletics 25th Anniversary Scrapbook (1969-1994) --History of Women's Athletics & Facility Improvements at UNO 1968 to 2002, by Connie Claussen, manuscript and notes --UNO Women's Athletics photo album (1970/1971)

Materials related to the Men's Athletics programs include: --Miscellaneous correspondence, papers, and photographs --UNO football programs (1931-2008, incomplete) --Media guides for basketball (1939/1940-2012/2013), baseball (1972-2005, incomplete), wrestling (1964/1965-2004/2005, incomplete), and football (1941, 1950-2005) --Royce Brown University of Omaha Class of 1938 Athletic Collection --Scrapbooks (binders of photographs and programs) for hockey (1996/1997-2010/2011, incomplete) --Hockey, wrestling, and football records --Football game stats, 2001-2010

Materials related to the Athletics Department include: --Correspondence, budget information, policies, procedures, and planning documents --Omaha convention center schematic design and sports arena planning documents (circa 1997) --UNO Athletics reports, including Mavs annual reviews (1997/1999-1999/2000) --Athletic conference record book --University of Omaha Department of Athletics Scrapbooks (1946/1947-1959/1960) --Bound records, including Athletic Department Reorganization (1946), Football (1941/1942), and Athletic Committee Minutes (1949/1950) --Books and reports collected by the Athletics Department --Brochures, newsletters, and photographs --Schedules, awards, and other records, 1947-1968 --Basketball slides (in carousel) --Student Recreation & Leisure Society binder & miscellaneous material box --Fieldhouse renovations blueprints, 1997 --News articles in binders, 1996-2010 --Paul Cerio Materials Aquatics, Outdoor Venture Center

Artifacts and Memorabilia include: --Awards, plaques, and trophies for both Men's and Women's Athletics --Posters, paintings, signs, wall hangings, and framed news items --Framed and mounted items from former UNO Football Coach Sandy Buda and from former Athletic Director Don Leahy --Two Marlin Briscoe #27 University of Omaha Football Quarterback action figures in their original boxes (received from Athletics August 29, 2011); one of these figures is damaged, with the fingers broken off of the left hand --"Age is Just a Number" by Dara Torres autographed copy & swim cap --Women's Physical Education, Two Short Wooden Tennis Rackets, the Swing Tip Company, Newark, NJ --Women's Physical Education, Two Wooden Aerial Tennis Mallets & Can of Six Birdies, Sells Aerial Tennis Company, Olathe, Kansas --Miscellaneous sports equipment, including tennis rackets, mallets, birdies, putting cup, and racquetballs. --T-shirts, pullovers, bowling shirts, football jerseys, jackets, ball caps, swim caps, and other garments --Assorted frisbees, license plate frames, engraved relay batons, playing cards, ribbons, patches, pins, binders, and other memorabilia

Press Releases and News Clippings cover the period from circa 1950 to circa 2004.

New material added 2015-08-27: Photographs; negatives; game programs; posters; other papers relating to the early UNO Hockey program. Includes Hockey game programs from 1997 through the early 2000s, a small amount of materials documenting the beginnings of the program in 1997, and a large number of photos and photographic negatives of early UNO Hockey contests.

New material added 2015-10-26: Two tickets from the first UNO hockey game in Baxter Arena on October 23, 2015. The tickets are for section 214 row M seats 9 and 10 and were used to attend the inaugural hockey game.

New material added 2015-11-24: Connie Claussen's collection of UNO Athletic Materials, chiefly consisting of a variety of Hockey and Softball materials, including five softballs signed by players and coaches. Also included are game programs and several general press, publicity, artifact items, event passes, and a VHS tape.

New material added 2016-02-24: UNO Athletics materials gathered by Connie Claussen from various offices within the department. There are a wide variety of materials in this collection, including sports programs, athletic department publicity brochures, photographs, artifacts, ticket information, and UNO Women's Walk items. The materials cover many different sports.

New material added 2016-03-01: UNO Athletics materials gathered by Connie Claussen from various offices within the department. This collection includes 1 2015-16 UNO Hockey Media Guide; 4 UNO Hockey posters (1 with player signatures); Two UNO Women's basketball posters (both with player signatures).

New material added 2016-03-31: These materials are primarily UNO Women's Athletics artifacts, including Tee shirts, a jacket, and beverage containers. Also included is a fan signed and given to Connie Claussen UNO softball coach) by the 1972 University of Tokyo-Nihon softball team during the Women's College World Series.

New material added 2016-10-14: One box of game day programs from selected UNO Hockey contests and a few photographs.

New material added 2016-12-06: The Marlin Briscoe accrual is predominantly news clippings documenting Marlin Briscoe's football career at Omaha South High School, the University of Omaha (present-day UNO), and the NFL. Articles also cover Briscoe's life after his playing career. Also included are a few documents and form letters related to Briscoe and Omaha South High School.

New material added during and after 2017: See component tree.


  • 1924-2019


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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


141.9 Cubic Feet (147 boxes, 278 binders, 45 volumes, 105 audio/visual recordings, 87 framed items, 41 plaques, many loose items)


Arranged into loose series: Series: Women's Athletics; Series: Men's Athletics; Series: Athletics Department; Series: Artifacts and Memorabilia; Series: Audiovisual Materials; Series: Press Releases and News Clippings.

Recent accessions may not have been arranged or described.

Custodial History

Accession records are incomplete or absent. The materials originated with various faculty and staff members of the Athletics Department, as well as many alumni who had played on the various teams.

New material added 2015-08-27: These materials were gathered by UNO Athletics during the early years of the UNO Hockey program. They were transferred to University Archives by Dave Ahlers, Director of Media Relations, UNO Athletics.

New material added 2015-10-26: Tickets donated by Michael LaCroix, Interim Dean of the Criss Library.

New material added 2015-11-24: Connie Claussen acquired these materials through her position as Assistant Director of UNO Athletics.

New material added 2016-02-2, 2016-03-01, 2016-03-31: These materials were gathered by Connie Claussen from the offices within UNO Athletics and include many sports.

New material added 2016-10-14: This box of programs from UNO Hockey contests was collected by UNO Athletics and made available to athletes in the Hockey Player Lounge. Athletics decided to send them to University Archives.

New material added 2016-12-06: The Marlin Briscoe accrual Material was collected by University of Nebraska Foundation staff and loaned to Archives & Special Collections for duplication.

New material added during and after 2017: See component tree.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

University of Nebraska at Omaha. Department of Athletics


New materials are transferred to University Archives on an irregular schedule.

Related Materials

UNO Media Collection, UNO Artifact Collection.


Statement on Harmful Material: Materials in UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections are historical in nature and reflect the society in which they were produced. As such, they may contain racial, gender, sexual, religious, and other language and imagery that are offensive by today's standards. The documents, images, publications, and other materials have been retained in order to fully represent the materials in their original format. If the offensive text is not in the original, but in a finding aid, catalog record, or other description created by library employees, please contact Archives and Special Collections to bring this to our attention. Archives & Special Collections is guided by the core values of the Society of American Archivists. If you have questions about this statement or about Archives and Special Collections’ work, we welcome your feedback. Please contact us at or 402-554-6046.

The Municipal University of Omaha/University of Nebraska at Omaha sports team name of "Indians" was abolished in May 1971, along with associated mascots, nicknames, and other references to Native American imagery or terms (such as the yearbook name "Tomahawk"). UNO would be briefly without a mascot, until "Mavericks" was selected in October 1971. The university now recognizes that the mascot and associated depictions is offensive. When the university first selected this mascot in 1939, school mascots based on Native American stereotypes were common. Many artifacts, publications, names, and other material from university history from the period 1939 through 1971 depict Native American caricatures, and it is difficult to present materials from this era without showing or acknowledging this mascot. We accept this as a part of our history, as we accept that the 1971 mascot change represented a positive step for the university.

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014. Described at the collection level in 2014 by Angela Kroeger, Archives and Special Collections Associate. The sub-series of Women's Athletics Scrapbooks was arranged and described by Bailey Halbur, Practicum Student in February-April 2015.

Collection includes material that has not yet been further arranged and described.



UNO Athletics Collection
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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