About Nebraska Newspapers

Overview and Team

From 2007 to the present, the National Digital Newspaper Program: Nebraska has been digitizing historically significant Nebraska newspapers for inclusion on this website and in Chronicling America, a freely available full-text database at the Library of Congress. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress, and state projects to provide enhanced access to United States newspapers published between 1789 and 1963.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded four grants to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to digitize at total of 400,000 pages of newspapers. Awards were received in 2007, 2009, 2016, and 2018.

Among Nebraska newspapers digitized for NDNP include The Omaha Bee, The Commoner, and Pokrok západu. Titles eligible for inclusion in the NDNP must be historically significant, represent locations throughout the state, and meet specific microfilm quality standards. Through private and state funding, the Nebraska project has expanded to digitize newspapers outside the scope of the NDNP project, such as the Plattsmouth, Nebraska papers, selected Czech American titles, and the Daily Nebraskan, a student newspaper from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For a complete list of titles on this site, check out the Newspapers page.

This digitization effort is an outgrowth of the Nebraska Newspaper Project, which was originally funded by the NEH from 1992-2000 and was an affiliate of the U.S. Newspaper Program.

Project Team

  • Karin Dalziel, Digital Development Manager and Designer, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH), University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Jessica Dussault, Programmer/Analyst II, CDRH, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Andrea Faling, Head of Reference, History Nebraska
  • Margaret Mering, Professor Authority and Identity Management, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries
  • Andy Pederson, DISC Office Associate, CDRH, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Whitney Rittscher, Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Janel Simons, Newspaper Associate, CDRH, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Greg Tunink, Programmer/Analyst II, CDRH, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Katherine Walter, Professor and Co-Director, CDRH; Chair, Digital Initiatives & Special Collections; Principal Investigator, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Laura Weakly, Metadata Encoding Specialist, CDRH, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Mary Woltemath, Microfilm Curator, History Nebraska

Advisory Board

  • Allen Beermann, Executive Director, Nebraska Press Association and Nebraska Press Advertising Association
  • John Bender, Professor of Journalism, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Andrea Faling, Head of Reference, History Nebraska
  • Priscilla Hayden-Roy, Professor of German and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • James McKee, Lee Booksellers
  • Mila Saskova-Pierce, Emerita Professor of Czech, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Rasmus Thøgersen, Former Director, Museum of Danish America
  • Katherine Walter, Professor and Co-Director, CDRH; Chair, Digital Initiatives & Special Collections; Principal Investigator, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Former project team members:

  • Jeff Downey, Newspaper Associate, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Sam Herley, History graduate student, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Keith Nickum, Programmer / Analyst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Erin Pedigo, Journalism and History graduate student, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Brian Pytlik Zillig, Professor of Libraries, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Breanne Reiss, Newspaper Associate, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Brenden Rensink, History graduate student, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Brent Rogers, History graduate student, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Former Board Members

  • Charlyne Berens, Professor, News-Editorial, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Mark Ellis, Associate Professor, History, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • James Potter, editor, Nebraska History
  • Mark Scherer, Associate Professor, History, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • John R. Wunder, Professor, History and College of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln