VISIT OUR ARCHIVES

The Archives Committee collects, maintains, and preserves the rich history of our church for current and future generations. Projects include overseeing the archives of Kountze Memorial, digitizing important documents, writing historical articles for the church newsletter, and making archive material accessible to members and the community, among many other projects.

Our Archives house thousands of documents including parish records, photographs, church council minutes, newsletters, scrapbooks, bulletins, and correspondences related to our congregational history, as well as early religious and Nebraska history. Many of our church newsletters dating back to the 1890’s have been digitized. Our collections are managed in compliance with the guidelines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Research and Access Policies

The Kountze Memorial Archives is open to researchers by appointment only. Those wishing to visit the Archives for genealogical research must apply for access by contacting the Archives. The application should state in detail the purpose of the research, the affiliation of the researcher, and identify the objectives and intended items of the research inquiry. A signed copy of the Guidelines for Using the Archives and Rules of Use and Consent must also be submitted.

The Archives Committee will also conduct searches of parish records upon request. Those requesting information should submit the Archives Reference Request to the Archives. There is no fee for this service, but donations are appreciated. As we are a volunteer organization, all requests will be answered as time permits. Please allow up to two months for a response.

Parish records in our holdings are as follows:

  • Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals: 1858-present

Please Note: Parish records will be made available to family members, but due to privacy concerns, only records prior to 1940 will be available for general research purposes. View our Privacy Policy.

Deed of Gift

If you have items of an historical significance to our congregation’s history, please review the Accessions Policy and submit a Deed of Gift Form to the Archives Committee.

Please contact the Archives Committee at (402) 341-7761 or via email: info@kmlchurch.org with any questions or concerns. You may also write us at the address below:

Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church
2650 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attn:  Archives Committee