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Omaha Zoo Foundation Films

 Collection — Reel: 1-170
Identifier: MSS-0046

Content Description

The Omaha Zoo Foundation films include over 170 reels documenting animals and zoos in the mid-twentieth century. The films include coverage of various animals, construction at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, as well as a small number of other U.S. zoos. Animals documented include a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish with well-known animals like Casey, a gorilla who came to Omaha from Minnesota’s Como Zoo in the 1960s, featured. Other primates as well as hoofstock and various cats are also documented in the films along with footage of Nebraska’s Sandhill Cranes. The collection also includes some commercial educational films. Films from the early 21st century include a visit to Tanzania by Dr. Lee Simmons and Walter and Sue Scott, circa 2000. Several films that have been digitized are available online.


  • Creation: circa 1955-1980


Conditions Governing Access

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is not permitted to make films from circa 2000 and later available online at this time. 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


170 Reels : Films

422 Gigabytes : Films

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Collection has not yet been arranged and described.

Custodial History

The films were in the custody of Dr. Lee Simmons and the Omaha Zoo Foundation.

Processing Information

The original film reels were digitized by Universal Information Services in 2015 before the reels and digital copies were donated to the university.



Omaha Zoo Foundation Films
Angela Kroeger; Amy Schindler; Bob Nash
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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