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Frederick C. Luebke, Papers

Title: Frederick C. Luebke, Papers

Creator: Luebke, Frederick C.

Dates: 1957-1994 bulk 1968-1994

Quantity: 29 boxes (9 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-14-21

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Frederick C. Luebke, Papers (RG 12-14-21). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Frederick Carl Luebke was born on January 26, 1927 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. His father was Fredrick John Luebke, a teacher in Lutheran parochial schools. His mother was Martha Kretzmann, the daughter of a Lutheran clergyman. While a student at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois (now named Concordia University-Chicago), he met Norma Wukasch (b. March 1, 1930), a fellow student. They were married in Peoria, Illinois, on August 12, 1951. They are the parents of four children: Christina McPhee (b. 1954), John "Seikai" (b. 1956), David (b. 1960), and Thomas (b.1962)

Following his graduation from Concordia in 1950, Luebke taught in elementary schools in East St. Louis, Illinois (1950-1951), and Pomona, California (1951-1957). While in Pomona, he decided to abandon elementary education for a career as a history teacher. He attended (part-time) the nearby Claremont Graduate School, now called Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California, and was awarded a master of arts degree in history in 1958. In 1957 he accepted an appointment as a history teacher in a high school in Los Angeles, where he served until 1961. During those years, he was enrolled as a part-time graduate student in a Ph.D. program in the University of Southern California, in preparation for a career of teaching at the collegiate level.

In 1961, Leubke accepted an appointment as assistant professor of history at Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, now called Concordia University-Nebraska. During his tenure there he continued his doctoral studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1966. In 1968, he accepted an appointment as an associate professor of history, succeeding his mentor, Professor James C. Olson, who left UNL to become chancellor of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Luebke was promoted to full professor in 1972 and was named Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of History by the university's Board of Regents in 1987. He retired in 1994.

His teaching field at the undergraduate level was American History, with emphasis on the American West, the Great Plains, and Nebraska. In his graduate seminars he emphasized Nebraska history and the immigration of European immigrant groups and their assimilation into American society. He received an Outstanding Teachers Award in 1983 and in 1985 he received the university's highest honor, the Outstanding Research and Creative Activities award.

His publications include twelve books, seven of which are edited volumes, two dozen articles, and over one hundred book reviews. During his tenure at UNL, Luebke served as director of the Center for Great Plains Studies (1983-1988) and as founding editor of the Center's Great Plains Quarterly (1980-1985).

Major awards include an appointment in 1974-75 as a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and in 1982 as a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at the foundation's study center in Bellagio, Italy. In 1992, he served as a visiting professor of history at the University of Hannover (Germany). He has lectured at many universities in the United States and Europe, including Johns Hopkins, Wisconsin, Yale, Kansas, Oklahoma State, University of London, Oxford, and several universities in Germany.

Luebke has served the state of Nebraska as a member of the governing board of the Nebraska State Historical Society and the executive committee of NSHS foundation. He lectured widely across the state for Nebraska Humanities Council, which gave him its Sower Award in 1990.

In 2005, Professor and Mrs. Luebke moved to Eugene, Oregon, where their son David is a professor of history at the University of Oregon. [Luebke, 2007, July 27]

Scope and Content:

The Luebke papers pertain to his career as a teacher, Nebraska historian, and published author. The collection covers the period from 1957 to 1994, with the bulk of the documents relating to his time at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, from 1968 to 1994. The papers consist of a wide variety of correspondence, various lectures, along with seminar and presentation materials. Research for articles, essays, and books includes extensive documentation for his published book, Nebraska: An Illustrated History. Additional documents pertain to work done with European scholars and teaching abroad, work with Ph.D. students, information about the Center for Great Plains Studies, and multiple nominations, awards and honors that Luebke received. Various newspaper articles, journals, and photographs, including 4 boxes of slides, are found within the papers.


Luebke, Frederick C.

Center for Great Plains Studies

German Immigration

Nebraska History

University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus)-- History

Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1860

Germans -- United States

Minorities -- Great Plains -- History

Great Plains -- Civilization

European Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century

Immigrants -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century

West (U.S.) -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century

Germans -- Brazil -- History -- 20th century

Culture conflict -- Brazil -- History -- 20th century

Riots -- Brazil -- History -- 20th century

World War, 1914-1918 -- Brazil

Brazil -- Ethnic relations

Brazil -- History -- 1889-1930

German Americans -- History

Germans -- Brazil -- History

United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History

Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- History

Brazil -- Emigration and immigration -- History

Great Plains -- History

Human geography -- Great Plains

Agriculture -- Great Plains -- History

Nebraska State Capitol (Lincoln, Neb.)

Interior architecture -- Nebraska -- Lincoln

Decoration and ornament -- Nebraska -- Lincoln

Buildings -- Nebraska -- Lincoln

Germans -- Nebraska

Nebraska -- Politics and government

Cartography -- Great Plains

Great Plains -- Maps

Great Plains -- Discovery and exploration

Nebraska -- History

Nebraska -- History -- Pictorial works

German Americans -- Nebraska -- Political activity

Nebraska -- Politics and government

American fiction -- History and criticism

Great Plains in literature

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Related Material and Resources: Blouet, Brian W. and Frederick C. Luebke, editors. The Great Plains: Environment and Culture . Lincoln: Published by the University of Nebraska Press for the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, c1979. (F591 .C84 1977)Faulkner, Virginia. editor, Frederick C. Luebke. Vision and Refuge: Essays on the Literature of the Great Plains. Lincoln: Published by the University of Nebraska Press for the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, c1982. (PS124 .V5)Luebke, Frederick C. The Political Behavior of an Immigrant Group: the Germans of Nebraska. 1966. (Td Luebke F C 1966). For online access to Luebke's dissertation visit the University Libraries' Digital Commons ___________________.Immigrants and Politics; the Germans of Nebraska, 1880-1900. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press [1969] (F675.G3 L8)___________________. Ethnic Voters and the Election of Lincoln. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1973, c1971. (JK526 1860 .L84 1973x)___________________. Bonds of Loyalty; German-Americans and World War I. Dekalb, Northern Illinois University Press [c1974] (D620 .L83 c.2)___________________. Ethnicity on the Great Plains. Lincoln: Published by the University of Nebraska Press for the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, c1980. (F596.2 .E86)___________________. Germans in Brazil: a Comparative History of Cultural Conflict during World War I . Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, c1987.(F2659.G3 L84 1987)___________________, Frances W. Kaye, and Gary E. Moulton, editors. Mapping the North American Plains: Essays in the History of Cartography. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press; Lincoln: Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, c1987. (GA401 .M37 1987)___________________. Germans in the New World: Essays in the History of Immigration . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1990.(E184.G3 L9 1990)___________________. A Harmony of the Arts: the Nebraska State Capitol . Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1990. (NA4413.L56 H37 1990)___________________. Nebraska : an Illustrated History. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1995, c2005 (F666 .L83 1995, F666 .L83 2005)___________________, editor, University of New Mexico. Center for the American West.European Immigrants in the American West: Community Histories. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, c1998.(F596.3.E95 E87 1998)

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