Great Nebraska

Naturalists and Scientists

Great Nebraska, Documents & Records

The Nebraska naturalists and scientists created field notes, journals, notebooks, narratives, and photographs to document their experience and findings. This legacy of primary source material provided the foundation for early research and published scholarship that contributed to a greater understanding of Nebraska and the Great Plains.

Lawrence Bruner

This notebook provides Lawrence Bruner’s personal account of a train trip starting in Omaha, Nebraska, and ending in Colorado.

Edith Clements

In 1911, Edith S. Clements accompanied her husband Frederic E. Clements to Europe. The two scientists visited Switzerland, Germany, and England, accompanied by scientists from those specific countries. The letters Edith sent to her mother throughout her travels reflect the personal side of this investigative trip.

Raymond J. Pool

Raymond Pool, Professor of Botany at the University of Nebraska, made several trips to the Nebraska Sandhills and recorded his findings and experiences in his field notes.

Frank H. Shoemaker

Frank Shoemaker’s interest in birds and the natural landscape are reflected in the “narratives” that he wrote using his field notes as a foundation. The narratives incorporate both his stories and his photographs. Additional records outline both discoveries and anecdotes from his exploration of landscapes near his Omaha and Lincoln homes, and the state of Nebraska.