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Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen Papers

Identifier: MSS-0077

Content Description

The Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen Papers document some of their interests and life together in Omaha, Nebraska in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including participating in Marches on Washington, publishing The New Voice, Phalen’s reign as ICON Emperor, safe sex and HIV/AIDS education, workplace advocacy for LGBT+ employees at US West, the Omaha leather scene, and other activities. The collection includes newsletters, event programs, photographs, photo albums belonging to their friend Jerry Peck, signs from protests and rallies as well as memorabilia including buttons, pins, medallions, a sash from Omaha Pride in 1991, hats, and other artifacts.

Selected material from this collection that has been digitized is available online at


  • Creation: circa 1975-2022


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


7.06 Cubic Feet (11 boxes, 2 folders) : VHS tapes; Posters; Programs; Newsletters; Photographs; Medallions; Buttons; Pins; Fliers; Posters; Textiles (tshirts, sweatshirts)

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Collection is currently being arranged and described.

Custodial History

Collected and created by Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen.

Custodial History

The photo albums from Omaha Pride in 1986 and 1987 belonged to Jerry Peck, a friend of Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen. When Peck became ill with AIDS, he gave the albums to Sweeney and Phalen for safekeeping.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Terry Sweeney-Phalen on June 22, June 24, and November 16, 2016; May 1, 2017; and September 1, 2018.

Related Materials

See also the Imperial Court of Nebraska Records.

Separated Materials

Plaques were loaned to UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections to be photographed and most were returned to the donor.

A complete set of The New Voice was removed from the collection and is part of the Archives & Special Collections book collection and is described in the library catalog.

A 1993 issue of Times of the Heartland signed by friend Dick Brown was removed from the collection and is part of the Archives & Special Collections book collection and is described in the library catalog.


Gift made in honor of Patrick Daniel Phalen.


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Terry Sweeney and Pat Phalen Papers
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger; Terry Sweeney
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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