UNO Libraries invites the UNO community to congratulate University Archivist Les Valentine on his retirement after 37 years of service to UNO.
During his career, Valentine, who is also a UNO alumnus, oversaw the acquisition and perservation of photographs, documents, memorabilia, and other historical material to document more than 100 years of UNO history, as well as such Omaha organizations as Opera Omaha, the Omaha Theater Company (the children’s theater company that now calls the Rose Theater home), the Chamber of Commerce, and others.
In his role, Valentine has answered countless inquiries from university colleagues, students, alumni, and other researchers about UNO history and historical research in general.
“Les Valentine’s legacy 'is' the University Archives as well as his long standing service to preserve and share the UNO story," UNO Libraries Dean David Richards said. "For decades, the UNO community has recognized that Les is the point person regarding UNO’s history and collective memory. I have heard from countless administrators, students, staff, and faculty about how Les has solved a mystery or settled a research question. Les Valentine will be missed but the archival records and stories he has preserved over the years will be used by future generations of grateful researchers.”
Valentine will retire on Oct. 30, 2020. Please wish Les well on his next journey!
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