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"Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism," a traveling poster exhibition highlighting historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present, will be on Display August 20 - September 20 at University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery.

   

The University of Nebraska at Omaha yearbook or annual went by several names, beginning as the Gateway in 1915 and then becoming the Omahan, Tomahawk, and Breakaway before ending as the Maverick in 1973-1975. Through the yearbooks themselves, the exhibit highlights the university’s response to World War II; images of the growing and changing campus, especially Arts & Sciences Hall; and changes in the content and appearance of the yearbook. The exhibit in Archives & Special Collections marks 100 years since the publication of the university's first yearbook and the free online access to UNO’s yearbook first available in 2015 from Criss Library.

The current exhibit in Archives and Special Collections has a display of Afghan Art dating from the 1st century B.C.E. to the present. Items on display reveal information on Greco-Bactrian art, contemporary art, popular art, and miniature paintings by Bihzad, a famous Afghan painter from late 15th and early 16th centuries. Also included in the display are handmade pottery works from Afghanistan, produced in Istalif, a small town north of Kabul during the mid-twentieth century.

   

The newest exhibit in Archives & Special Collections at Criss Library gives visitors a glimpse into the life of Chuck Hagel on the campaign trail in Nebraska in 1996 and 2002. When Hagel decided to run for U.S. Senate in 1996 he was virtually unknown to most Nebraskans. As such, Hagel needed to reach out to communities across the state if he intended to win the election. One way Hagel gained support was through local parades and events. This approach helped Hagel win the election and maintain his seat when he ran again in 2002. The photos on display provide a look into the many events, parades, and other local activities that Hagel, his family, his campaign staff, and his volunteers participated in across Nebraska to garner support for Hagel in his two runs for public office.

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Government Documents

United States Government Documents and Nebraska State Documents Criss Library is a depository library for United States Government Documents and Nebraska State Documents. Government documents provide a distinctive, and sometimes unique, view of the trajectories of American life and history. The Government Documents office and collection is located on the first floor of the library.

Since 1939, the Library has been a Federal Depository Library. The collection adds about 5,000 United States physical documents each year as well as numerous links to online government resources and publications. Nebraska Documents are provided by the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC). Documents dating from the early 1970's through 2005 are available in microfiche format. Since 2005, the NLC has converted its program to electronic access now posts PDF documents to the Internet.

The Government Documents Collection is housed on the First Floor of Criss Library.

For assistance finding and using government documents, ask at the First Floor Service Desk or contact James Shaw, Government Documents Librarian, 402-554-4225, or see Government Documents Frequently Asked Questions.

Finding Government Documents

Criss Library Catalog: Both U.S. and Nebraska documents can be found by searching the Library Catalog.

U.S. Documents 

Congressional Serial Set: The primary published archive of Congressional committee reports and committee documents. The database offers access to fully scanned and searchable documents, starting from 1817, and it is projected to extend to 1980. Includes the American State Papers, which are a compilation of documents extending from 1789-1837.

Lexis-Nexis Academic: LexisNexis® Congressional provides the user with access to a comprehensive collection of congressional publications including committee hearings, House and Senate documents and reports, and legislative histories.

Westlaw Campus Research: A collection of primary and secondary legal research materials that includes federal and state case law, court rules, statutory and regulatory materials, as well as the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register.

Nebraska Documents 

State Government Publications Online: From the Nebraska Library Commission. This database provides a directory of Nebraska documents on the Internet.

Nebraska Public Documents: An online archive (1890-1940) of historical State of Nebraska documents. A joint project of the Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society, Love Library at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and Criss Library.

Collection Highlights

Executive Departments and Agencies
Congressional Documents

For Additional Information

James Shaw, Government Documents Librarian
Chris Klug, Documents Associate