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Municipal Government Records

Beginning April 4th, the State Archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society will be moving our government records collections to a new, state-of-the-art, storage facility in Lincoln.

Federal, state, county, and local/municipal records will be affected. The government records consist of over 17,500 square feet of materials including paper records and security microfilm formats that date from circa 1850 to 2015. This relocation is a major effort and will begin April 4th and is scheduled to be completed by June 30. During this period, government records may not be readily available or accessible. Your patience will be appreciated during this exciting time.

The NSHS Reference Room, located at 1500 R Street, will remain open with normal hours of operation (10AM-4PM, Tuesday thru Saturday; and patrons of NSHS will be able to access newspapers, marriages, naturalization, census, and public record collections that are available on microfilm here.

Municipal governments provide the infrastructure for our communities. They pave the streets, operate utilities, run the schools, control annexation, approve building construction, manage cemeteries, pass local laws, and provide fire and police protection. Municipal records describe communities and provides the evidence that allows one to understand what makes one community different from another. This is what makes these records valuable for scholars, sociologists, and local historians.

The state archives section of the Library/Archives endeavors to assist municipal governments in safeguarding their records. Unfortunately, municipal records are not always very voluminous so shortages in storage space is not a pressing need. The greater risk is that this small quantity of records can become displaced, destroyed, discarded, or not appreciated for its value. Efforts to inform local officials of the importance of their records has resulted in the acquisition of many records by the archives. For more information on archives holdings or to order a search for a specific record, contact the Library Archives Reference Staff.

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Last updated 31 March 2016

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