There are numerous projects of digital scholarship associated with Nineteenth-Century Studies at Nebraska, all coordinated through the new Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

Scholarly Editions

willa cather

The Willa Cather Archive

An ambitious endeavor to create a rich, useful, and widely-accessible site for the study of Willa Cather's life and writings.

walt whitman

The Walt Whitman Archive

An electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman's vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.

lewis and clark

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

In an exciting journey to the Pacific Ocean and back, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery mapped the lands, described the natural wonders, and encountered the people of western North America.

Digital Archives

charlotte t smith

Charlotte Turner Smith

All the works in prose and poetry by influential English poet and novelist Charlotte Smith, including all variant editions, together with complete bibliographical data.

thomas w higginson

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The writings of an American minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier.

19th century french lit

Nineteenth-Century French Studies

An independent journal published twice a year in two double issues. The pages of NCFS provide scholars and students with the opportunity to examine new trends, review promising research findings, and become better acquainted with professional developments in nineteenth-century French studies.

omaha indian project

Omaha Heritage Project

In an effort to make Omaha artifacts and photographic images more available, this project is creating an online catalogue of tribal resources drawn from international sources.


The Corvey Collection

An extraordinary collection of more than 72,000 volumes of mostly little-known poetry and novels collected in the first half of the nineteenth century, with titles in French, German, and English.

American Indian Treaties

American Indians Treaty Portal

A collection of websites and publications regarding American Indian treaties.

Digital History

These projects are not funded or sponsored by Nineteenth-Century Studies, but they are exemplary pieces of work that address topics and themes critical to the period.

Plains Humanities Alliance

gilded age

Gilded Age Plains City: The Great Sheedy Murder Trial and the Booster Ethos of Lincoln, Nebraska

Explores the development of towns and cities on the Great Plains through the lens of a murder case in the 1890s that evolved into a fascinating story that drew the attention of nearly everyone in town and people from across the region and country.

elia peattie

Elia Peattie

As the Gilded Age in America shifted into the Progressive Era, journalist, novelist, poet, short story writer, and playwright, Elia Wilkinson Peattie stood out as an uncommon woman who used her pen to instruct, entertain, and enrich the lives of her readers.

Army Officers' Wives

Army Officers' Wives Project

The impact of officers' wives at Plains posts was broadly felt and rippled out to surrounding posts and through the regiments. These letters, diaries, and memoirs reveal charming, educated women with a great interest in the world around them, who reported intelligently on political and military matters.

Digital History

jeffersons west

Envisaging the West: Thomas Jefferson and the Roots of Lewis and Clark

An electronic archive of over 150 letters, 3 journals, 25 statutes and treaties, a bibliography of Jeffersonâ??s geography books, 22 map images, and a geo-rectified cartographic database of 8 interactive maps

Mountain Meadows

“Horrible Massacre of Emigrants!!”: The Mountain Meadows Massacre in Public Discourse

An electronic archive of newspaper accounts, reports from the government investigation, early Massacre histories in works of Western Americana, and Apostate and Anti-Mormon publications. Works of fiction, drama, and film also will be included.

western territory

What Shall be the Character of this Vast Western Territory?

This project investigates and analyzes public rhetoric concerning Utah affairs in the mid-1850s.

Cuban Battlefields

Cuban Battlefields of the Spanish-Cuban-American War

A website dedicated to the battlefield archeology of the war, including pictures, maps, and background information.

Editing Populism

Editing Populism

Examines the connections and distinctions between the ideologies and strategies of Midwestern Populism and social Christianity in late nineteenth-century America via the person of George H. Gibson, editor of Nebraska's official Populist newspaper from October of 1893 to January of 1896.

William Jennings Bryan and the Railroad

William Jennings Bryan and the Railroad

Displays his speeches, follows his stops, details his railroad travel, and provides a complete record of his first presidential run.


Railroads and the Making of Modern America

Explores the dynamic social change that came between 1850 and 1900 with the growth of railroads, telegraphs, steam ships and other technologies.

women on the rails

Women On The Rails: Nebraska Suffragists and the Railroad

Using records of suffragist travels, gleaned from newspapers (particularly the campaign's Western Woman's Journal) and their own correspondence, in combination with the records of rail line development in the state, I hope to determine the degree to which suffragists relied on the railroad for campaigning and communication.

Crossing Oklahoma: Indian Territory 1866-1907

Crossing Oklahoma: Indian Territory 1866-1907

A collection of correspondence, publications, legislation and financial documents relating to the act of crossing what would become the south-eastern corner of the state of Oklahoma.

Digital Curriculum Project

This site is designed to provide students of the nineteenth century in Europe and the United States with resources in literature, history, art, and material culture to carry out interdisciplinary study of major themes and topics.

love and seduction

Scenes of love & seduction

Love and seduction are ageless themes, but the conventions which rule in every era reflect the cultural practices and sexual mores of the times.

icons of liberty

Icons of liberty

The roots of the iconography of Liberty can be found in the Roman Republic (510-44 B.C.), where Liberty was envisioned as a Goddess.

Library Holdings


  • Nineteenth-century American popular periodicals
  • Ethnic American culture
  • American folklore and folk art
  • Great Plains history and literature


  • Nineteenth-century British history
  • Military history
  • Civil War history