H. Jason Combs has recently written a book with Kenneth Harders titled Pioneer Life On Glass: The Balcom-Green Collection. Jason, the son of Harry Combs of Fairfax, Missouri, is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Dr. Combs recently co-authored a Civil War book published by Ohio University Press titled Do They Miss Me at Home?
The book highlights photographs taken from the mid-1890s to the early 1920s by Henry Balcom and his son-in-law, Ray Green. The two captured 1,200 images of early life on the plains as well as sightseeing images taken all over the United States. The images were on glass negatives when they were first discovered in the 1970s and purchased at a second-hand store in Nebraska.
“The Balcom-Green collection makes significant contribution to our understanding of the history and settlement of the central Great Plains by providing an intimate look into Nebraska’s past.” Pioneer Life On Glass