About the project

The Women’s Archive Project (WAP) is a student-produced, multimedia archive that combines traditional library archives and lived history with the interactivity and public access of the internet. Students enrolled in the “Researching and Writing Women’s Lives” course, or working as Interns for the Project, cull through UNO yearbooks, The Gateway newspaper, alumni lists, archival boxes, and historical archives as well as talk to faculty, family, and community members to identify a UNO woman, alive or deceased, “famous” or “ordinary,” who they would like to profile on the WAP website.

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Mrs. Harold Jolley

The Women’s Archive Project is dedicated to celebrating the lives of women who have contributed to the history of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), yet many of these women have been lost, a

AREAS OF INTREST: Media and Communications, Writing

Mary Kenny

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.             

AREAS OF INTREST: Media and Communications

Marti Rosen-Atherton

After a few moments of conversation with Marti, it’s easy to see why she has been a shoulder to lean on for so many students, faculty, and staff across the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) camp

Maggie May

After simply typing the word “woman” in the Gateway search engine of the online archives, Quinn discovered a column from the spring semester of 1972 entitled “Womankind” by a student named Mag

AREAS OF INTREST: Activism, Media and Communications, Politics, Social Justice, Women's Rights, Writing

Ruth Diamond

Ruth Diamond danced her way into Omaha in 1931, knocking down barriers and disrupting gender norms as she pioneered, introduced, and established modern dance as an art form and area of study at the Un

AREAS OF INTREST: Arts, Education

Sheila Runyon

When she came to the United States in 1963, Sheila Runyon was still Sheila McCrae, a farmer’s daughter from southwest Scotland with big dreams and an impressive academic history. She did not know wh

AREAS OF INTREST: Education, Technology

Elsie Harlan

It has been a great honor to have a legitimate reason to meet Native people, to try to comprehend their tortured history, and to hear Elsie Harlan’s story. I used her words as much as possible,

W. Meredith Bacon

Meredith Bacon, formerly Wally Meredith Bacon Jr., or as she explains the change, “I just dropped the ‘alter’ and the junior,” is the first openly transgender professor at The University of Ne


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