Photo Archive

Photography is a relatively new invention when compared to other forms of communication, like oral traditions and writing. It has changed drastically throughout its history; from the earliest daguerreotypes through tintypes, glass plate negatives, acetate film, nitrate film, color prints and today’s digital images.

The Durham Museum’s Photo Archive contains over 1 million images spanning from the 1860s to the 1990s. They document the fascinating history of Omaha from its early days as a young frontier town to a unique and sophisticated city. A long forgotten storefront, Presidents on parade, row upon row of cattle in the stockyards, streetcars and a family picnic; each image preserves one moment in time, but also tells a hundred different stories!

Photo Archive Collection

Mercer Fire, 1905 | From the Bostwick-Frohardt Collection
The Durham Museum Photo Archive | BF31-776


Omaha Union Station

The Durham Museum is dedicated to the long-term storage, preservation and documentation of these photographs. Since July 2010, efforts have been underway to digitize the entire Photo Archive. New images are added daily!

Please email or call us at 402-444-5071 to schedule an appointment or request an image. The archive is open 10:30AM-3:30PM, Tuesday-Friday.

Click here to visit our online collection
For information about our digitization process, click here