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Oral History Interviews

UNO’s Queer Omaha Archives is actively collecting oral history interviews from community members. Over 50 community members have recorded their voices and shared their stories.

The archives is in the early stages of this immense and ongoing project and would appreciate hearing from community members like you who wish to be interviewed, would like to suggest someone who should be interviewed, or are able to make a financial contribution to support this LGBTQIA+ oral history initiative. This project is only possible with support from community members like you. 

How can we support recording oral history interviews? 

Would you like to make a gift to support recording more oral history interviews and other projects to support the Queer Omaha Archives? Make a gift to the Queer Omaha Archives Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation 

For more information, contact Amy Schindler, Director of Archives & Special Collections, (402.554.6046, acschindler@unomaha.edu) in UNO Libraries. 

Chronology of LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Oral History Project 

2019: An award matching the Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment grant was received from the Eugene S. and Sunny M. Thomas Endowed Fund for Innovation.

September 2018: The Queer Omaha Archives received a grant from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project included a free oral history workshop (November 17, 2018) for the public. The grant was matched with gifts to the Queer Omaha Archives from private individuals and organizations.  

2018: An award matching the HN grant was received from the Eugene S. and Sunny M. Thomas Endowed Fund for Innovation to record and share more oral history interviews. 

June 2018: Oral history interviews were available online. Visit the LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection on this site to listen to, browse, or search interviews. 

September 2017: The Queer Omaha Archives announced a $2,000 grant funded by Humanities Nebraska (HN) and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project included a free oral history workshop (October 2017) for the public and the collection of 20 oral history interviews. The grant was matched with gifts to the Queer Omaha Archives from private individuals and organizations. Since 2017, all oral history interviews have been recorded by Luke Wegener.  

August-December 2016: During the fall 2016 semester, Dr. Jay Irwin's Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBT Studies students conducted oral history interviews with community members as part of their coursework. These interviews were intentionally collected for the archives and were transferred to the archives at the end of the semester. Dr. Irwin also conducted oral history interviews with Emeritus Dean Shelton Hendricks and Emeritus Professor Meredith Bacon in 2016 for the archives.