Omaha World Herald (1878-1983)
An Archive of Americana Collection

Quick Facts

  • Fascinating insight into Midwestern daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Explore more than a century of local, state, national and international history
  • Ideal for a broad range of users, including researchers, students and genealogists


A noted watchdog, the Omaha World Herald has a long history of exposing corruption and inequity in the Midwest, from its condemnation of a 1919 lynching to a 1964 investigation exposing political bribery in Chicago. As onetime editor William Jennings Bryan put it, “The aim of The World-Herald will be, first, to ascertain the truth, then to present it fearlessly and with singleness of purpose.”

Eyewitness accounts of major global events
With firsthand reporting from the Battle at Wounded Knee and the Spanish-American War, the Omaha World Herald established its outsized ambitions early on. At first, the paper was in direct competition with other Omaha dailies, but as its competitors folded one by one, the World Herald became the one of the most-read papers in the Midwest and a vital source of internationals news. By World War II, the World Herald was Omaha’s last major paper. It sent two reporters to the front lines to send back reports of Midlands residents fighting in the war.

Insight into the events that shaped the Midwest
From the effect of the stock market crash on Nebraskans to the environmental, social and economic repercussions of the Dust Bowl, the Omaha World Herald offers insight and analysis into events that shaped the lives of Midwesterners. Omaha’s race riots are covered in depth, as are the region’s agricultural ups and downs, the arrival of the meat-packing industry and Midwestern sports teams. The World Herald was also an early advocate for education and the environment, offering researchers unprecedented opportunity to track these and other issues over time.

An American Newspaper Archive
One of the major titles in American Newspaper Archives, this digital edition enables users to easily search and browse the Omaha World Herald. Digital editions of dozens of other vital American newspapers, from every region of the United States, are also available individually. Each is cross-searchable via an integrated interface that allows users to easily view, magnify, print and save digital page images.

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