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UNO Legendary Woman Collection

Identifier: UNO-0158

Scope and Contents

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman who is announced and honored at the annual luncheon of the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW). The requirements for UNO Legendary Woman honorees include that they must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. An exception to the last requirement was when Connie Claussen was honored in 2017).

The UNO Legendary Woman Collection includes historical source material gathered and consulted by the CCSW Legendary Woman Committee. The material generally includes awardees’ resumes, photographs, news clippings, letters from people who knew the honoree. A scrapbook that belonged to Olga Jorgensen is part of the collection and a reproduction of at least a portion of a scrapbook for awardee Margaret Fischer is also available. A portion of this material was gathered by university archivist Les Valentine with other material gathered by committee members from other repositories, families, friends, and database searches. Reproductions of material for which the originals are available in UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections are also found in the collection.

At least one folder is available for each honoree containing the luncheon program and other publicity material such as bookmarks, brochures, and fliers distributed at the event. Most of these folders also contain correspondence and copies of historical material generated by the university archivist and the CCSW Legendary Woman Committee. In some cases, preliminary research material about nominees not bestowed the honor are also available in the committee’s folder. UNO's Legendary Woman awardees: 2018 Elizabeth Hill, 2017 Connie Claussen, 2016 Virginia Lee Frank, 2015 Marion Marsh Brown, 2014 Thresa E. Clark, 2013 Nell Marguerite Ward, 2012 Ellen Hartman Pearey Gast, 2011 Margaret R. Fischer, 2010 Olga J. Strimple.


  • 1920 - 2018


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


1.06 Cubic Feet (3 boxes, 1 envelope)

Language of Materials



Arranged in series by award recipient.

Custodial History

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman to be honored at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women. Documents and photographs related to the woman are gathered from existing University Archives collections, family, friends, other repositories, and other sources. These, along with new materials such as posters, fliers, and programs created for the luncheon, are gathered together and added as a new series to the collection. See individual honorees' folders for specific provenance information.

For the first six years of the award, 2010-2015, the material was collected by Les Valentine, University Archivist. For the seventh year, 2016, the material was collected by Melissa Cast-Brede, President of the UNO Chancellor's Commisson on the Status of Women (CCSW), and transferred to the archives after the award ceremony.


New materials are transferred to the Criss Library annually.

Related Materials

Biographical information about each Legendary Woman and the PowerPoint Presentations from the award ceremony at the annual Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women luncheon are available at the Legendary Women of UNO web site:

Related material may also be found in the UNO Poster Collection and the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Records.

Processing Information

Material gathered and processed by Les Valentine. Collection rehoused and described by Amy Schindler on October 31, 2018.

UNO Legendary Women Collection
Angela Kroeger, Les Valentine, Amy Schindler
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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