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Dorothy "Dottie" Sater Omaha Radio Station WOW December 6 and 7, 1941, Teletype Collection

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Identifier: MSS-0020

The Dorothy "Dottie" Sater Omaha Radio Station WOW December 6 and 7, 1941, Teletype Collection contains the teletypes from the Omaha, Nebraska, radio station WOW from December 6 and 7, 1941, the day before and the day of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The teletypes predate Sater's employment at WOW and it is unclear how they came into her possession. Her family speculates that the teletypes may have been in an archive at WOW, and Sater may have rescued them from disposal. The teletypes paint an image of the days before and after the attack, showing the life of a country not yet at war, but still involved in the wars in Europe and the Pacific. The teletypes describe Hawaii, foreshadow the internment of Japanese Americans, and show a glimpse of daily life in Omaha in 1941. Along with the teletypes, the collection includes some biographical material about Dottie Sater, including her framed 1993 University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Communication Lifetime Achievement award and copies of a 1962 North Omaha Sun newspaper article about her.


  • 1941


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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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1 Cubic Feet (2 binders, 1 framed item, loose papers)

Custodial History

In 2012, the family of Dorothy Sater discovered the teletypes while organizing her belongings after her passing, and the family donated these materials to the Criss Library that same year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Laura R. Seyl, daughter of Dottie Sater and trustee for the Sater Family.

Processing Information

Collection has not yet been further arranged and described.

Dorothy "Dottie" Sater Omaha Radio Station WOW December 6 and 7, 1941, Teletype Collection
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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