Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Reflections in Time

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Reflections in Time is a series of 125 interviews produced by the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1979 to 2007 with alumni, staff, faculty, and administrators. Of the 125 interviews in this series, the first 73 programs were produced by Professor of Communication Paul Borge and the final 52 were produced by Dean of Arts & Sciences Jack Newton.

This online exhibit is a work in a progress. Profile pages have been created for fewer than 10% of the Reflections in Time interviewees to date. If you know the name of the interview you would like to view you may search the finding aid.

Each interviewee provides biographical information as well as discussing their experiences at the university. The interviews provide an excellent window into the history of Omaha University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as personal and world events of the 20th century. 

Curating this online exhibit for Reflections in Time was begun in August 2015 and will continue as resources permit until thorough and informative pages are completed for each UNO interviewee. Donor support for the project can ensure that robust information is available for the public about each interviewee more quickly. To support this initiative, contact Director of Archives & Special Collections Amy Schindler at 402-554-6046 or acschindler@unomaha.edu

 

Funding for Criss Library Archives & Special Collections Online Exhibits hosted by Omeka.net made possible through the generous support of the John and Gloria Barton family. 

 

Oral history is one of many sources available to consult as part of your research. It reflects the experience of an individual and shares personal opinions offered by the interviewee in response to questioning. Additional sources can verify and provide additional information to the narrative of events presented in oral histories. Contact Criss Library Archives & Special Collections to continue your research, find additional sources, or learn more.

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Researchers at Work

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What material from Criss Library Archives & Special Collections do researchers use? This exhibit offers a selection of material from Criss Library Archives & Special Collections recently digitized at the request of researchers. 

Funding for Criss Library Archives & Special Collections Online Exhibits hosted by Omeka.net made possible through the generous support of the John and Gloria Barton family. 

University of Nebraska at Omaha Historical Documents

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A university is not created or continued because of a single document or individual. Documents, events, and the actions of individuals from throughout a university's history are part of the history, present, and future of the educational institution. This online exhibit presents some of the interesting documents from the history of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Omaha that played a role in making it the university it is today. The material available here will continue to grow as the university continues to grow and change.

Funding for Criss Library Archives & Special Collections Online Exhibits hosted by Omeka.net made possible through the generous support of the John and Gloria Barton family. 

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The Architectural Studies of H. A. Raapke

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The Architectural Studies of H. A. Raapke comprise the surviving works produced during H. A. Raapke's student years, circa 1899-1907. Many of these drawings were part of his coursework for two schools in Paris: Atelier Préparatoire D'Architecture and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts. The collection comprises 53 large drawings (on sheets approximately 18.5" x 24.5" in size) and 6 small drawings (taken from a 9.5" x 7.5" sketchbook).

Henry A. Raapke (1876-1959) was an architect for fifty years with his own practice in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the son of Louis and Auguste Raapke, and he had a brother, William C. Raapke, and two sisters. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; the Building School in Hamburg, Germany; Atelier Préparatoire D'Architecture in Paris, France; and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. After working with T. R. Kimball, he opened his own office in Omaha in 1908. He married at age 32 and had no children. He designed numerous buildings in Omaha and around Nebraska, including the Doctors Hospital in Omaha, the Renaissance Mansion in Omaha, the North Star Theatre in Omaha, and the New Moon Theater in Neligh, Nebraska. As the architect of the Center Theater in Omaha, he introduced innovations such as a reverse pitch auditorium floor, a wheelchair section, and a glassed-off room for mothers with young children. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1918 until 1923. He is buried in Omaha. (Citation List.)

During his student years, he experimented with his signature, trying out various lettering styles and artistic flourishes. For a time, he added an accent mark to Raapké. He also briefly shortened his name to Rapké. For his later professional work, he wrote his name with six letters and no accent marks: Raapke.

The individual file names and identifiers within the set of large drawings only end in odd numbers. Missing even numbers do not indicate missing images. All extant images are presented here.

Funding for Criss Library Archives & Special Collections Online Exhibits hosted by Omeka.net made possible through the generous support of the John and Gloria Barton family.

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Marlin "The Magician" Briscoe: The Legendary Quarterback of the University of Omaha

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In 1968, Marlin Briscoe was the first African American starting quarterback in the AFL. In Omaha, he is best remembered as a hometown hero, an exceptional athlete from Omaha South High School (1959-1963) who brought glory to the University of Omaha (the predecessor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha) (1963-1968).

At the Municipal University of Omaha (present day UNO), Briscoe flourished under coach Al Caniglia. He was an All-American quarterback who led the OU Indians to the CIC championship. He set 22 school records, including 5,114 passing yards and 53 touchdowns for his OU career.

Briscoe also played basketball for OU and was a member of the O Club, an honorary society for lettermen. He was also active in student government. He was the first black member of the OU Student Council, as well as the only "unaffiliated" student (meaning, not a member or a fraternity or sorority) elected that year, which highlights how greatly admired he was by his fellow students.

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