Answered By: Jim Shaw
Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 19

Criss Library has the Omaha World Herald available on reels of microfilm (both the seven-days-a week morning edition and the five-days-a-week evening edition) for 1900-1912.  The reels are filed in cabinets near the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor, and we have three machines which can view the film and scan PDF images.  My colleagues who staff the Reference Desk can help you find the microfilm and get you started on the machines.

The News Bank company recently started selling access to a searchable image database of the Omaha World Herald spanning 1885-1983.  No library in Nebraska has purchased an account yet, because institutional accounts are very expensive.  However, personal accounts can be purchased through their gateway.  Their typical deal for a personal account is to sign up for thirty days for $10-$20.  If one cancels before the end of the 30 days, that is the end of it;  if one keeps the account it can be billed on a monthly or annual basis.  I purchased an annual personal account for $70.  I would be happy to show you how it works if you would like to make an appointment to see me.  At this point, if you want database access to the Omaha World Herald prior to 1983, this is the only way to do it.

The Library of Congress' Chronicling America database includes the Omaha Daily Bee spanning 1872-1916.  There are some gaps in the database, but it does offer free access to an Omaha newspaper during 1900-1912.


James Shaw, Director of Collections, Criss Library, UNO;



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