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Sam Walker Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0125

Content Description

The collection of Sam Walker includes posters, fliers, LPs, and ephemera documenting Omaha organizations, events, and people in the 20th and 21st centuries particularly related to activism, music, and culture. Topics covered include anti-Vietnam War protests, protests against the demolition of Jobbers Canyon, Omaha sheet music, Wounded Knee legal defense fund, Omaha music and performers, Al Smith, jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson, and the Omaha centennial celebration. The fourteen LPs in the collection were produced by Omaha church, high school, university, Boys Town, and other musical groups. The collection includes a sample ballot for the 1967 Omaha vote about whether to merge the Municipal University of Omaha with the University of Nebraska, which when passed created the University of Nebraska system.

Material September 25, 2018: The photographs taken by Sam Walker in circa 1969-1978 are primarily of the October 15, 1969 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam protest in downtown Omaha with single photos of Omaha advocate for redeveloping downtown Leo Kraft, the Butternut Coffee building in the Old Market with “History Omaha” banners visible on a light pole, and Peter Hoagland, who would later be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, attending an event for supporters in Elmwood Park. The original photos of the 1969 protest were returned to the donor after digitization. Also included in the accession was a program for the April 22-23, 1976 Conference on Historical Perspectives on American Criminal Justice sponsored by the UNO Department of Criminal Justice and UNO Department of History.

New material added October 22, 2019: A variety of ephemera including political campaign advertisements, Bunny Hop at the Music Box (1938), Banquet of Independent Grocers and Meat Dealers of Omaha (1941), sheet music for "The All American City Omaha" by J. Frank Terry (1958), and program for the conference Police and Use of Force in America (1980).


  • Creation: circa 1928-2016

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Access to the LP record albums is available only via digitized audio.

The Conditions Governing Access policy of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at

Conditions Governing Use

The Conditions Governing Use policy of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at


2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes (1 flat box for oversized items, 1 box for vinyl LPs)) : Posters; Fliers; LPs; Newspapers; Sheet music; Ephemera; Photographs; Programs; Fliers; Advertising blotters

4.18 Gigabytes (36 digital files)

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Collection has not yet been arranged and described.

Custodial History

Sam Walker collected and created material from various sources.

New material added September 25, 2018: Photographs were shot by Sam Walker. Walker retrieved from his attic during routine cleaning/decluttering and loaned the photographs to the UNO Libraries Archives & Special Collections for digitization. Upon completion of the digitization, the photographs were returned to Walker. Copies of the digital images, along with some other items delivered by Walker, were added to the library's collection.

New material added October 22, 2019: One folder of miscellaneous ephemera.


Sam Walker Collection
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
3rd 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