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Digital Collections:


Early Omaha : Gateway to the West:Collection of books, original materials, maps and images relating to the history of Omaha, documenting the process of Omaha transforming from a town into a city by being a "gateway" to the west. As a participant in the Western Trails Digitization Project, Omaha Public Library digitized more than 750 photos, postcards, stereoviews, slides and maps.

small image of Administration Arch

Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition of 1898 consists primarily of the Frank Rinehart official photographs of the exposition. The library owns about 3,000 of these rare original images, as well as other narrative and descriptive materials about the Exposition's events, exhibits, Midway attractions, and Indian Congress.


Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Map of Nebraska

Early Nebraska: This site currently has United States, Nebraska, county and regional maps and atlases.  For Omaha maps, please see Early Omaha: Gateway to the West.

Picture of a stereoview that links to images of stereoviews at the Library's Flickr pages.
World Stereoview Collection: The 1259 image world stereoview collection was given to Omaha Public Library by Charles Nelson Dietz (1853-1933) who made his fortune in Omaha in the lumber business.  From 1912 to 1930 Mr. Dietz served as President of the Omaha Public Library Board, and until his death in 1933, as President Emeritus.  During the last 30 years of his life, he and his wife Nettie traveled extensively all over the world, visiting Africa thirteen times.