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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 photoarchive@durhammuseum.org 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