Browse Exhibits (2 total)

Reflections in Time


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


Funding for Criss Library Archives & Special Collections Online Exhibits hosted by 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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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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