History of Nebraska Wesleyan University

Established in 1887

For more than 130 years, Nebraska Wesleyan University has been a destination for scholars across Nebraska and the globe seeking academic excellence in education and experiential learning. Come along with us as we take a journey through the years in pictures.

Explore the Nebraska Wesleyan University Archives for an in-depth look into our university's history. Curated by the Cochrane-Woods Library, the archives provide a historical collection of photos, research, artifacts, and class and faculty listings.

Class of 1895 included four women standing around a large rock with male students standing behind the rock.
Dated 1908, this is an old photo of several young men are sitting on the steps of Old Main
Large group of students in front of Old Main in the 1920s fashion.
Students from 1940 laughing and acting silly in this old yearbook photo.
This black and white photo shows a professor on the left in front of a lecture hall with students seated at desks staggered on steps.
Photo dated 1971, students in front and behind book shelves in the library.
Three rows of students, some with their backs to us and their heads facing the camera with the words, "Plainsman Players" on their back.
Band members in the bleachers playing their instruments.
Five females of the Gold Rush dance team perform during half-time at a basketball game..