This compilation of LGBTQ+ oral histories organizes the interviews by events, organizations, and other topical arrangements. Most of the interviewees are from Nebraska and western Iowa, but also included are people who were not living in the region at the time of their interview. The list of topics will continue to evolve with ongoing additions to the oral history collection.
All interviews were collected in 2016-2020 for the Queer Omaha Archives in UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. The first interviews were collected by Dr. Jay Irwin in 2016 and his students in the Intro to LGBTQ Studies Sociology course in fall 2016. Since 2017, Luke Wegener has collected interviews for LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project.
The continuing collection of oral history interviews relies on the support of community members who wish to contribute their stories or financial contributions to make the project possible. Contact Amy Schindler, Director of Archives and Special Collections, to learn more (402.554.6046, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oral history is one of many sources available to consult as part of your research. It reflects the experience of an individual and shares personal opinions offered by the interviewee in response to questioning. Additional sources can verify and provide additional information to the narrative of events presented in oral histories. Contact UNO Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections to continue your research, find additional sources, or learn more.
Created by Luke Wegener, Oral History Associate