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UNO Retrospective Photograph Exhibit Collection

 Collection — Box: 1-4
Identifier: UNO-0147

Scope and Contents

The UNO Retrospective Photograph Exhibit comprises 28 matted photographs depicting the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus as it appeared in 1987 compared with earlier decades. The exhibit was created by Mike Sherer, associate professor of photojournalism in the Department of Communication (1986-7 employee directory), working closely Les Valentine, University Archivist. Valentine selected from University Archives thirty photographs dating back into the 1930s, and Sherer studied the photographs to determine the exact location from which they were taken. George Money, retired assistant director of UNO Plant Management, assisted with determining and gaining access to the locations. In the summer of 1987, Sherer, accompanied by Valentine, took new photographs from the same locations to illustrate the passage of time. The original and re-created photographs were displayed in conjunction with the 1987-1988 Celebrate UNO events. For the exhibit, 28 total photographs were selected. The original photographs were printed from the original 4" x 5" negatives held within the UNO Photograph Collection, while the contemporary photographs were created with a 4" x 5" camera. The prints are black and white, 8" x 11", matted to 14" x 17".

Sherer expressed the hope that 50 years hence (circa 2037-2038), someone will retrace the steps and create a new set of photographs.

Source: McMahan, Tim. "Professor recaptures the past with photo project." Gateway (Omaha, NE). Nov. 3, 1987.


  • 1937-1988


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


2 Cubic Feet (4 boxes) ; Boxes are 14.5" x 18.5" x 3.25". Photographs within boxes are 8" x 11", matted to 14" x 17".

2 Cubic Feet

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This collection has not been further arranged or described.

Custodial History

Donated to the University Library (now the Criss Library) by Mike Sherer in 1988, after the conclusion of the exhibit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mike Sherer

Related Materials

UNO Photograph Collection; Celebrate UNO Records

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014.

UNO Retrospective Photograph Exhibit 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