Archives Center

The DCHS Archives Center is located in Building 11A on the Metropolitan Community College campus, directly to the north of the General Crook House Museum.

If you would like to speak with a DCHS staff member, please call 402-455-9990.

Thank you for your patience!

Research in the Archives

The Archives are open by appointment year-round to assist researchers, accept donations and provide general information. Our research hours are: Monday – Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, by appointment only. It is advised to call (402) 455-9990 or email to confirm the Archives Center’s availability.

Research by Email

Individuals who cannot perform on-site research may contact us by phone or email and submit a research request. The DCHS research service is $15 per half hour, with the first half hour paid in advance. For more information, call (402) 455-9990 or email DCHS.

About Us

Established in 1982, the Archives Center inhabits the building just north of the General Crook House Museum. The Center was founded to fulfill the mission of the Douglas County Historical Society – to preserve and enliven historical insight in Douglas County, Nebraska. The Center also serves as the official county archive, as designated by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

As the research and educational center of the Douglas County Historical Society, the Archives Center houses a wide array of historical documents – including newspapers, clipping files, books and government records – detailing the history of Omaha and Douglas County, Nebraska.

Though materials are not available for lending, nearly all books and documents can be copied or scanned for research purposes. DCHS staff members are available to assist with research, photo reproduction, document scanning and archival preservation advice.

Omaha’s History at a Glance

Fee Copy for Research Landing Page

Douglas County Historical Society charges use fees to support the preservation and maintenance of its collections. Commercial and non-profit entities are charged per image.


$10  | Any Genre

Commercial Use

$20 | Book under 1,000 copies

$30 | Book 1,001-5,000 copies

$60 | Book 5,001-25,000 copies

$100 | Book over 25,001 copies

$20 | Newspaper/Magazine under 50,000 circulation

$30 | Newspaper/Magazine 50,001-100,000 circulation

$60 | Newspaper/Magazine 100,001-200,000 circulation

$100 | Newspaper/Magazine over 200,001 circulation

$30 | Brochures and misc. printed material all sizes

$50 | Television

$50 | Motion Picture – Local

$150 | Motion Picture – National

$50 | Website

$75 | Advertisement (print or internet)

$30 | Decorative Display in a business/workplace


Personal Use: The image(s) will be used only in private homes or offices. They will not be displayed in a sales area or reproduced for any purpose. Disks with photographs will not be provided to individuals for personal use.

Non-Profit: The images will be published, displayed or broadcast by a 501 (c)(3) organization.

Commercial: The image(s) will be published, displayed or broadcast in a commercial environment for profit. This includes commercial websites representing a person or corporation selling goods or services.

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