Throwback Thursday: Nebraska Football Team, 1897

Nebraska football returns this weekend and we’re celebrating with this week’s #ThrowbackThursday!

This week’s #Throwback features the studio portrait of the 1897 University of Nebraska football team. The school’s first football team played in 1890. The teams were known by various nicknames until the “Cornhuskers” won out.

This image was taken by Alva C. Townsend. It is owned and published by Townsend Studio. Founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, Townsend Studio has been in continuous operation. The studio holds a collection of glass plate and acetate negatives of early Lincoln, residents, state governors, Lincoln mayors, and sports teams.

Check out the full collection on the Nebraska Memories archive!

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. The Nebraska Memories archive is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see for more information.

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