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University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries, Archives & Special Collections

Location: Dr. C.C. and Mabel Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone: 402-554-6046
Contact: Amy Schindler, Director of Archives & Special Collections


The Queer Omaha Archives was established as part of the UNO Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections in 2016.

Current Holdings: Size and Content

1. Manuscript material (personal papers): 80 cubic feet and 3 GB
2. Film, video, or sound: Have. Not separately counted.
3. Organization's records: Have. Not separately counted.
4. Photographs: Have. Not separately counted.
5. Printed (books, journals, etc.): 4,000 items
6. Objects and ephemera: Have. Not separately counted.

The holdings cover 1950s-ongoing, Nebraska and western Iowa. Important collections include Meredith Bacon Papers, Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha Records, Nebraska AIDS Project, Imperial Court of Nebraska, LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection. For more information, visit

We are willing to consider accepting archival material related to any LGBTQIA+ person or organization from any time period for Nebraska or western Iowa.

Access and Use

In-person visit to reading room requires completing a reading room policy form or researchers may contact archivists for remote access.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM

Wheelchair accessible.

For more on policies, please visit


  1. Research space 
  2. Reference assistance on site 
  3. Telephone reference 
  4. Internet reference (e-mail/web) 
  5. Copying services - All reproductions are completed by library employees. Researchers are encouraged to bring their cameras to make their own reproductions. 
  6. Audiovisual facilities - All digitization is completed by library employees. 
  7. Exhibitions Loan agreements for exhibits

All books and serials are described in the library’s online catalog and WorldCat. All manuscript and archival collections have finding aids available online.

Announcements are irregularly made via the library’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.