Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nebraska U: A Collaborative History

This is another cool electronic project from UNL Libraries:
From the Archives of the UNL Libraries, Nebraska U is a collaborative effort to explore, through student research projects and multimedia, the history of Nebraska's most important University.
It includes An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL, a project from architecture librarian Kay Logan-Peters.
This website illustrates with text and images the dramatic physical development of Nebraska's largest academic institution, the University of Nebraska, and the people who committed their lives to it. This website is devoted in particular to the growth of the Lincoln campuses, now known as City and East.

Much of the information contained in this site is available elsewhere, but it requires a determined researcher to track down the parts that make up the whole. Architectural records are contained at the University's Facilities Management department, other records are held within various files in the University Archives, embedded within the Board of Regents minutes, and scattered throughout various publications touching on the history of Lincoln and the University. Nearly all of this data is in print, that is, on paper. The intention of this work is to bring this vast amount of information together into an electronic publication, interpret and present it in a way that makes it meaningful, and deliver it to the researcher or casual reader in an easily accessible form. The remarkable history of the University of Nebraska deserves nothing less.

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