Nebraska Authors

Jane Geske

AKA: Jane Pope Geske

Born 1918-11-27 Sutton, NE (USA)

Died 1999-09-08
Lincoln, NE

Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission employee and Director. Later she was a bookseller as co-proprietor of Niobrara (later Estuary) Books, along with her husband Norman Geske, Director of Sheldon Art Galleries. She developed many literary connections and was a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book. Ted Kooser wrote a poem for a 1992 celebration of her contributions to libraries and Rev. Charles Stephen delivered a eulogy after her death in 1999. The Heritage Room was renamed the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors in her honor.

Places Lived

Sutton, NE
Omaha, NE
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Other


High School Diploma, 1937, Benson High School, Omaha, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1941, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE
Master of Library Science Degree, University of Denver, Denver, CO


Assistant Librarian, several academic libraries
Librarian, South Central Regional Library System, Holdrege, NE
Executive Secretary, Nebraska Public Library Commission
Bookstore Owner

Places Worked

University of Omaha, Omaha, NE
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Niobrara Books, later known as the Estuary, Lincoln, NE
Nebraska Public Library Commission, Lincoln, NE


Nebraska Literary Heritage Association’s Literary Heritage Award, 1994
The Lincoln City Libraries Heritage Room was renamed the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors in her honor, May 25, 2000
Meritorious Service Award, Nebraska Library Association
Jane Pope Geske Scholarship named in her honor, Emporia Library School, Emporia, KS
Jane Geske Award, named in her honor, Nebraska Center for the Book


Nebraska Center for the Book, Founding Member
Nebraska Library Association, President
Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Art Association

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