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Political Buttons Ephemera, 1900-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
The political ephemera collection includes buttons from local, state, and national elections from throughout the 20th century, including a run of presidential campaign buttons for each major party candidate for U.S. president through 1992. The collection contains many buttons for Omaha and Nebraska candidates for various offices including local utilities, city council, mayor, governor, senate, and the unicameral. The collection also includes some buttons believed to be from the Chicago-area and other buttons with non-partisan slogans encouraging people to vote.


  • 1900-2000

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.


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Custodial History

The Douglas County Election Commission received buttons and other ephemera from local, state, and national political elections from a number of donors over the years including: Lee Terry, Mike Boyle, Leon Bianchi, Tim Heller, Frank Keatley, Steve Wiitala, Bill Fead, Tim Krapp, Vickie L. Edwards, Margaret Jurgensen, Janice Hass, and anonymous donors over the course of many years. Some of these materials were on display in the lobby of the offices of the Douglas County Election Commission except for during the period of early voting when they were required to be covered.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Douglas County Elections Manager Justine Kessler donated the buttons to the UNO Criss Library in December 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections Repository

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States