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Douglas County Election Commission Records

Identifier: MSS-0004

Scope and Contents

Records of the Douglas County Election Commission, of Douglas County, Nebraska, including Omaha. Records include folders of maps and charts, 1949-1979 and undated, with item list; printout of Presidential returns from 1984; various returns, 1980-1990; various election results/analysis, 1970s-1980s; Sewer Improvement District, mayoral, 1970s-1980s; election analysis, 1960-1977; ledgers, 1890-1953, 1958-1964, 1968-1979; rolled maps, 1930-1991 and undated; the City of Omaha ledger, 1893-1915; oversized binder of blueprint maps of Omaha and Douglas County; and loose blueprint maps.

New material added 2015-12-16: Sample ballots for Douglas County Elections from 1932 to 1995 including the paper originals and digital surrogates created by the Douglas County Election Commission prior to transferring the records.


  • Creation: 1882-1995


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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


41 Cubic Feet (2 bookcases; 2 boxes (rolled maps); 20 boxes; 1 ledger; 1 binder; loose sheets.)


No arrangement has been imposed. Records are in their original order and their original containers.

Custodial History

In January 1999, Margaret A. Jurgensen, the Election Commissioner of Douglas County, placed many of the county's archival election records on permanent loan to the Special Collections of the Criss Library. According to the signed agreement, the Douglas County Election Commission provided 2 steel bookcases, 2 brown four drawer file cabinets, Douglas County Election results from 1882 to 1988, and maps of Douglas County subdivisions of government by precinct. Public access to the records was explicitly granted. The agreement stipulated that the Douglas County Election Commission retains ownership of these materials, and that if the Criss Library ever deaccessions them, the materials shall be returned to the Douglas County Election Commission.

In December 2015, two cubic feet (2 boxes) of sample ballots (circa 1932-1995) were received from Justine Kessler, Elections Manager for the Douglas County Election Commission.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1999, material received from Margaret A. Jurgensen, Election Commissioner for Douglas County, Nebraska.

In 2015, material was received from Justine Kessler, Elections Manager for the Douglas County Election Commission.

Douglas County Election Commission Records
Angela Kroeger; Amy Schindler
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2nd Edition

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