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Nebraska Black Oral History Project

Identifier: MSS-0130

Content Description

The 42 interviews span a wide range of subjects, including civil rights efforts at the University of Nebraska, the work of Nebraska State Senator Edward Danner, school desegregation, and labor conditions.

Interviews conducted over a two-year period, 1980-1982, for a project funded by the Nebraska Committee for the Humanities, and sponsored by the Black Studies Department, UNL; The Great Plains Black [History] Museum; and the Nebraska Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Interviewees were chosen for four research areas: Outstate Nebraska, Lincoln, Older Omaha Residents, and Active members of the Omaha Black Community. Sound recordings and transcripts are available.

Interviewees: Raymond Botts, Beulah Bradley, Bertha Calloway, Mary Chapman, Bessie Chism, Jennifer (Scott) Clark, Anna Danner, Izora Douglas, Ruby Douglas, Earl Douglas, Darryl Eure, Dorothy Eure, Ellyce Hariston, Buddy Hogan, C. Dennis Holland, R. F. Jenkins, Lerlean N. Johnson, Ethel Kirtley, Preston Love, Wayne Lowden, John Mackey, Mae Manion, Lawrence McVoy, Art McWilliam, Charlie May Moore, Rowena Moore, Rodney Mullen, Frank Peak, Lois Price, David Rice, Marie Robinson, Wright Robinson, Charles Washington, Marla Jane (McCaine) West, Mary Young

History Nebraska collection number: RG4795

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  • 1980-1982


Conditions Governing Access

Access to all interviews not related to Omaha is available only in the Archives and Special Collections reading room or by contacting History Nebraska.

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


60.1 Gigabytes (265 files and 49 folders) : MP3, WAV, PDF, and Doc

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Physical Location

Materials are located on HCC Attic and SharePoint.

Custodial History

UNO Libraries purchased a copy of transcripts and audio recordings from History Nebraska. The contents of three CDs were copied to the library’s server and later migrated to HCC Attic.

Existence and Location of Copies

Nebraska Black Oral History Project, collection number RG4795, held by History Nebraska, 1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Access Copy Note

All audiocassettes were digitized in 2006.

27 interviews directly relate to Omaha and are available fully transcribed and indexed online. The remaining 15 interviews (including transcripts) documenting people outside of the Omaha metro are accessible by contacting History Nebraska or by visiting the Archives and Special Collections reading room.

Excerpts of 31 interviews from the Nebraska Black Oral History Project II, with added biographical information and a descriptive catalog of all 42 interviews in the project were published in Smith, Alonzo N., ed., "Black Nebraskans: Interviews from the Nebraska Black Oral History Project II" (1982), which is also available at the library.


Nebraska Black Oral History Project
Wendy Guerra; Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger; History Nebraska
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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