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Great American Sandhills, Photographs

Identifier: MS-0310

Scope and Contents

The photographs, in all formats, document the Sandhills region in Nebraska between 1979-2020, particularly natural landscapes that incorporate sandhills, grasslands, wetlands, and lakes. Multiple photographs were taken at the same site. Selected photographs illustrate life on Sandhills ranches, their owners, and a long-horn cattle drive in November 2000. Auctions and farm sale photos may include owners, livestock, or equipment for sale. Photos may include birds, such as herons or cormorants, plant specimens, blowouts, dunes, and mixed-grass features distinct to the Sandhills region. All locations are in Nebraska, unless noted.

The photographs include color slides, color negatives, and color and black/white prints taken with an analog 35 mm camera between 1979-2005. The slides are generally arranged by slide number and date. Dates, events, locations, and topics listed derive from original captions on the slides or prints.

There are about 6320 digital photos in jpeg format from about 2010-2020. These are arranged alphabetically by the original digital file title. Selected digital photos include content that is similar to the slides and prints. For example, there are both slide and digital photos of lakes, cattle and longhorns, lakes, and wildlife management areas. Selected contents have been added to folder titles, such as those labeled by month.


  • 1979-2020

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of Nebraska. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Jim Ducey is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, independent researcher, and photographer. His research focuses on Nebraska birds, bird distribution, and bird history. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1978 and a Masters in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1984. Ducey is the author of Birds of the Untamed West: the History of Birdlife in Nebraska (Making History 2000) and of Nebraska Birds: Breeding Status and Distribution (Simmons-Boardman Books 1988), which includes contributions from Paul A. Johnsgard. He has written articles for publications such as Nebraska Bird Review, Nebraskaland, Nebraska Fence Post, and the Grant County News, among others. Ducey's research provided a foundation for Birds of Nebraska Newspaper Accounts 1854-1923 available through the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

42 Gigabytes

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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States