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UNO Art Collection

Identifier: UNO-0137

Scope and Contents

The UNO Art Collection includes works of art created at, commissioned by, or collected by the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the early 2000s. It includes painted portraits of university presidents, chancellors, officers, and others; artwork of university buildings, including conceptual art related to building construction; artwork formerly used as decorations in various campus buildings; caricatures; and more. Some paintings and drawings are framed or matted. Most of the works of art were transferred to Archives and Special Collections because they were damaged and can not be hung until repaired or because their original location was being renovated and redecorated and the repository serves as a temporary home until such time as a university-wide art collection policy, procedures, and storage is created.

This finding aid does not inlcude a complete inventory of all artwork hanging in the public areas of the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, but some of the works listed in this finding aid may have subsequently been hung in the library.


  • Creation: circa 1920-2010

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


11 Cubic Feet (approximately 50 loose items; 8 map case drawers)

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This collection has not been further arranged or described.

Custodial History

Received by Criss Library prior to 2014. Accession details are incomplete or absent. The collection as a whole does not share a common provenance.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These artworks have been collected from many sources over many years.

Related Materials

A file in Archives and Special Collections' donor files includes copies of news clippings, correspondence, and university records with provenance, condition, and other information about some of these pieces as well as other works of art on campus. See also the Summer 2019 issue of the UNO Magazine published by the Alumni Association for information about the known and lost pieces of art on campus.

UNO Art Collection
Angela Kroeger
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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