The Nebraska Capitol Collections (NCC) is one of the most comprehensive collections of architectural records for a single structure. The NCC preserves a very diverse and detailed history of the design and construction of the present Capitol, as well as, extensive object collections including furnishings and many architectural elements and components. Though an extensive amount of documentation exists, the NCC actively seeks additional information and material to enhance on-going research and interpretation of the Capitol for preservation and scholarly use. The Nebraska Capitol Collections actively seeks the return and restoration of items removed from the building. Anyone wishing to support the preservation and restoration of the Nebraska State Capitol through a donation of items to the Nebraska Capitol Collections should contact the Capitol Archivist at (402)471-0444 . The following items are of interest to staff as they work with the Nebraska Capitol Collections.
The Nebraska Capitol Collection Archive collects and preserves material related to the original construction of the Bertram Goodhue’s Capitol. Expanding upon the materials filed away by the Nebraska Capitol Commission in 1934, the Capitol Archivist actively seeks photographs and documents associated with the construction of the building. Also of interest to the Archivist is information about the subsequent work in the Capitol, such as the addition of 20 murals to complete the original thematic program of Hartley Burr Alexander for the building. The Archivists seeks personal and family reminiscences of those who worked on the construction of the building or who worked in the Capitol prior to the 1970’s. The Archivist and Preservation Architects use this information to supplement and fill in the blanks of existing materials.
Like the saying “a photograph is worth a thousand words” the NCC is looking for photography from the construction era and beyond. Both professional and amateur images can provide insight into building details as well as the people that built and worked in the Capitol.
The Capitol, upon completion, attracted attention both locally and internationally. Many articles and publications were generated to herald both the building’s utility and artistry. Construction era documents are also sought after and can be in the form of presentation drawings, letters, catalogs and other printed material.
The Collections also contain items used to promote the new Capitol. Using these materials staff can learn how the building influenced the material culture of Nebraska and interpret the material for a modern audience. Souvenir items such as postcards, spoons, brochures, coffee mugs, bookends, etc. are collected as part of the record of the Capitol’s impact on Nebraska.
As individuals and families downsize and seek a home for Capitol related items, the Archivist and Preservation Architects encourage the donation of these items to the Nebraska Capitol Collections.
Requests for information about what is being sought to further the Nebraska Capitol Collection or for information about donations please contact the Archivist at (402)471-0444.