The Omaha Collection is an eclectic mix of files relating to the city of Omaha, Nebraska, and to areas of research pursued by faculty members of the Municipal University of Omaha, notably Ralph M. Wardle, professor of English, and Wilfred Payne, professor of Philosophy. The miscellaneous portions of the collection include material unrelated to Omaha. The collection includes information on Boys Town; the City of Omaha Financial Bulletin (1929); the Douglas County Election Announcement (1854); a letter from O.K. Oleson to Jim (last name unknown) concerning expansionism (1899); "The Lost Province of Quivira" (theorized to be Nebraska) reprint by Michael A. Shine (1916); Omaha annexation ordinances (1959-1966); Omaha city charter revisions (1954-1957); Omaha street car and bus routes (1929); a Journal of Genealogy issue devoted to research in Nebraska (1979); information on Omaha's World War II Memorial Park (1943-1945); letters to Ralph Wardle from prominent authors in response to invitations to speak in Omaha, including letters from writers Conrad Aiken, W.H. Auden, John Barth, Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, Susan Sontag, and John Updike (a preprinted postcard signed by Updike declining the invitation) (all 1967); a letter from William Kloefkorn to Mel Bohn (1980); a letter concerning anti-Semitism in Germany (1933); brochures about U.S. savings bonds (1939-1949); and two folders of newspaper clippings and one folder of photographs and negatives depicting Omaha locations and people. The reasons these materials are housed together, despite apparently different origins, are unclear.
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1 Cubic Feet (1 record storage carton)
Arranged into folders. Arrangement is neither alphabetical nor chronological.
In 1980-1981, Mel Bohn, librarian at the Criss Library of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, at the behest of Ralph Wardle, solicited the donation of materials related to tonal design in pipe organs from Wilfred Payne, who had earlier donated materials related to the Icarian community to the library.
This collection appears to be of mixed origin. Some of it has apparently originated with Ralph Wardle and/or Wilfred Payne.
Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 1985.
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