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The Women's Archive Project at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

It has been a thrilling adventure to study and recover a UNO woman’s story. I feel like I am capable of affecting change on the past and future simultaneously.

–Nicole White, undergraduate, UNO English and Women’s and Gender Studies major

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.

The students’ passion for their real-life subjects makes these projects more than a typical research paper. As English graduate student Jennifer Formo explains, “It is important to tell the stories of individuals throughout history, stories of everyday people living out their lives and making their own impact on our shared history, as women and UNO affiliates.” Students have recovered a variety of women’s stories, including the first graduate in 1911, a real-life Rosie the Riveter, a Holocaust survivor and educator, Civil Rights activists, a modern dance instructor, a children’s librarian, a Native American activist, a deaf culture advocate, student columnists, athletes, and more.

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