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E. R. Purcell Remembers Newspaper Career in Custer County

“I have recently rounded out fifty years of newspaper work in Custer County,” wrote Emerson R. Purcell in late 1942, shortly after the publication of the golden anniversary edition of his Custer County Chief of Broken Bow. In reminiscences on … Continue reading

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The Nebraska Statesman: The People Behind the Picture

An iconic Solomon Butcher photograph portrays a frontier newspaper office in Broken Bow. But the story of the two men who founded the short-lived paper has not been told until now. Patricia C. Gaster writes about it in the Fall … Continue reading

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The Free School Advocate

First published by the students of Omaha High School in December of 1859, The Free School Advocate is the earliest known example of school journalism in Nebraska. The paper published editorials, essays, verse, fiction, and news…all the work of students … Continue reading

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William Jennings Bryan: Back From The Dead!

Watch out! William Jennings Bryan has risen from the grave! No, I’m not referring to some B-grade horror movie put out by Hammer Studios (although I would probably watch it if there was one). A while back I wrote about … Continue reading

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African Americans in Nebraska—special issue of Nebraska History is now online

Due to the great demand for the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nebraska History, we have posted the entire issue on our website. If you’d rather read the articles on paper, you have two options. One is to contact our Landmark … Continue reading

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Omaha’s Bus Boycott of 1952-54

Years before the famous Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott of 1955-56, a group of Omahans led a bus boycott of their own. In this case the target was the Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway Company (O&CB), which refused to hire … Continue reading

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The Flying Newsboy Takes to the Air

If you’ve read Vince Goeres’s new book, Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos, published by Nebraska State Historical Society Books, you know that in 1929 the McCook Daily Gazette became the nation’s first newspaper to begin regular delivery by airplane. … Continue reading

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Comics, Cartoons, Drawings and Doodles

The Library/Archives Division holds the collections of various Nebraska artists and cartoonists.  One such collection is that of Guy Spencer, cartoonist for the Omaha World-Herald from 1899-1939. Guy Spencer (Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 15, 1939) Born in Missouri in 1878, Spencer … Continue reading

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