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UNO Legendary Women Collection

Identifier: UNO-0158

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman, who must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. The Legendary Woman is revealed at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW).

The UNO Legendary Women Collection includes historical source material, such as papers and photographs, that was consulted by a CCSW committee during the annual selection process for the UNO Legendary Woman. Also included are materials generated for the CCSW Luncheon announcing and honoring the Legendary Woman, including programs, fliers, bookmarks, and other promotional materials. The collection is arranged by year and recipient.


  • 2009-2016


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. ยงยง 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.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


1.62 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 1 envelope)


Arranged with a new series for each successive award recipient.

Custodial History

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman to be honored at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women. Documents and photographs related to the woman are gathered from existing University Archives collections and other sources. These, along with new materials such as posters, fliers, and programs created for the luncheon, are gathered together and added as a new series in the UNO Legendary Women Collection.

For the first six years of the award, 2010-2015, the material was collected by Les Valentine, University Archivist. For the seventh year, 2016, the material was collected by Melissa Cast-Brede, President of the UNO Chancellor's Commisson on the Status of Women (CCSW), and transferred to the archives after the award ceremony.


New materials are transferred to the Criss Library annually.

Related Materials

Biographical information about each Legendary Woman and the PowerPoint Presentations from the award ceremony at the annual Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women luncheon are available at the Legendary Women of UNO web site:

Processing Information

Material gathered and processed by Les Valentine.

UNO Legendary Women Collection
Angela Kroeger, Les Valentine
Description rules
Description based on DACS
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • 2016-05-19: Added accession 2016-049 Virginia Lee Frank Legendary Woman 2016 (0.1 cubic ft., 1 envelope)

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