Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

Material Description


This project seeks to contribute to historical recovery, reconciliation, and healing through making the records of the Genoa U.S. Indian boarding school more accessible to the families of Indian children who attended the school as well as to scholars of the Indian boarding schools. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s History Department, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, and University Archives & Special Collections is collaborating with the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation and National Archives branches in Kansas City and Denver to digitize, describe, and make accessible materials related to the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School, one of the largest Indian boarding schools. Genoa operated from 1884 to 1934 and enrolled children from over forty tribal nations. The first stage of the project will digitize and make accessible more than 10,000 pages of student case files, correspondence, administrative and health reports, photographs, artwork, ephemera, artifacts, and a student newspaper. Prominent themes that emerge from the materials include health and disease; labor and compensation; family contact; discipline and punishment; sports and music; and assimilation. Making these records widely available to American Indians and others becomes an act of archival reconciliation — returning the records to families, communities, and the wider public.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Dr. Margaret Jacobs
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Elizabeth Lorang
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ms. Nancy Carlson
Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation

Collaborating Institution(s)

Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation


  • 9558 Manuscripts