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Ephraim Marks and David Rice Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0122

Content Description

The Ephraim Marks and David Rice collection is composed of personal material about this white, gay, Omaha couple. The collection includes a scrapbook kept by David Rice showcasing some of his work as an interior designer in the 20th century in Omaha along with biographical information about Ephraim Marks and David Rice from the time around Rice’s death. A copy of an oral history interview David Rice did with the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society is also available. Also included are photos of their home, 1960s vacation in Mexico with a swordfish, their 40th anniversary party, and Rice’s 70th and 80th birthday parties.

New material added June 12, 2019: The material collected and created by Sue Millward about the life of David Rice and his partner Ephraim Marks before and after Rice’s death includes photographs, notes from interviews with people who knew Rice and Marks, research material such as news clippings, magazines with stories about Rice’s interior design work, Rice’s ASIC Fellow nomination, and a small amount of correspondence. Millward has identified some people in photographs from the 40th anniversary celebration of Marks and Rice. Some records may be documented on multiple media (thumbdrive, CD, DVD, and paper).


  • Creation: circa 1935-2018


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


0.73 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

10 Gigabytes

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Collection has not yet been arranged and described.

Custodial History

Donated to the UNO Libraries by Gerry Sullivan in May 2018. Sullivan was a friend of Ephraim Marks and David Rice. He received the material from Rice’s estate as well as gathering selected material about Rice and Marks after the death of Rice.

New material added June 12, 2019: Sue Millward received some material from David Rice while other material was created or gathered by Millward and her collaborator on a potential documentary.



Ephraim Marks and David Rice Papers
Amy Schindler; 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