Research & Innovation


Research & Innovation

Explore the program’s digital scholarship, history and curriculum projects.

Digital Scholarship

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

Scholarly Editions

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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American Indians Treaty Portal

A collection of websites and publications regarding American Indian treaties.

Digital History

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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 Jefferson’s geography books, 22 map images, and a geo-rectified cartographic database of 8 interactive maps

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“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.

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What Shall be the Character of this Vast Western Territory?

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

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Cuban Battlefields of the Spanish-Cuban-American War

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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