Skip to main content

Administration, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Identifier: UNK-001

Scope and Content

This collection contains primarily historical administrative records, correspondence, reports, photographs and ephemera compiled by a multitude of contributors over many decades. Historical objects relate primarily to the establishment, construction, administration and evolution of Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney through to its current iteration as the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Records are generally campus-wide, as opposed to being specific to any one department or subject area. The collection also includes the contents of a special oral history project designed to commemorate the school's 25th anniversary of acceptance into the University of Nebraska system.

The series contained in this collection are as follows: Series 1: Accreditation - reports and correspondence (1932-2008); Series 2: Buildings and Campus (1904-2018); Series 3: General records (1952-2018); Historical records (1902-2016); Series 5: Reports (1970-2003); and Series 6: Transition to UN system (1986-1994).

Portions of this fonds will likely be relevant to many other collections held within UNK Archives and Special Collections, especially Departmental collections and those specific to certain positions such as collection UNK-003 Office of the Chancellor.


  • Creation: 1902 - 2020

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from UNK-001 must be obtained from UNK Archives and Special Collections.


11.5 Linear Feet (29 archival boxes, not including oversized items and material still requiring processing)

Language of Materials



When it was present, an effort was made to retain organization, but due to the age of the collection and lack of chain-of-custody documentation it was impossible to determine original order. If a file lacked a title or the one present was informationally inaccurate, one was assigned by the Archivist. Files were then arranged by type. An excel-formatted file list is available in addition to this finding aid.

Custodial History

The material in this collection was slowly accumulated from 1902 forward, passing through many hands and adminitrative offices until it was acquired by staff at Calvin T. Ryan Library and collected under the general name "Administration". The records remained unprocessed until 2021.

Acquisition Information

This collection was gradually acquired by Calvin T. Ryan Library and Archives and Special Collections across many decades. A large portion of it was previously indexed but as whole it was never processed until 2022.

Processing Information

This collection was primarily processed by Jenny Haddon between August-September, 2021

Administration, University of Nebraska at Kearney
A Collection in Archives and Special Collections
Jenny Haddon
©2022 By UNK. All rights reserved.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Archives and Special Collections Repository

Archives and Special Collections
Calvin T. Ryan Library
2508 11th Avenue
Kearney NE 68849-2240 United States
(308) 865-8593