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RG5376.AM:  Berigan family

Papers:  1932-1951, 1971-1973

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


Born August 16, 1899 at Imogene, Iowa, Francis A. “Frank” Berigan spent most of his life in Omaha, Nebraska, in the livestock industry.  After his discharge from the army in 1918, Berigan started working at the Omaha stockyards.  He worked for the Ralston Livestock Commission Company for a number of years, and then in 1937 he formed the Berigan Brothers Livestock Commission Company with his brother William.  The firm eventually merged with the Ryan Company in 1970 and became the Ryan and Berigan Livestock Service.  Frank Berigan died on July 14, 1973.  He was survived by his wife, Gladys, as well as a daughter and two sons.


The collection consists of one box of papers relating to the Berigan family and the Berigan Bros. Livestock Commission Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.  The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Francis A. “Frank” Berigan, Sr. to W.L. “Brick” Gross.  The letters date from 1932 to 1951 and relate to business activities of the Berigan Bros. Livestock Commission Co., the livestock industry in Nebraska, and life and work around the Union Stockyards Company.  The letters also include extensive information about the lives and activities of the Berigan family members, as well as 20th Century inventions, social life and customs, and various other topics of interest to Frank Berigan.  The collection also includes photocopies of letters sent to Frank’s granddaughter, Kit, as well as photocopies of several Berigan family scrapbooks.

Note:  See the moving image component [RG5376.MI] for a videotape of Omaha stockyard scenes and an 8mm home movie shot in Omaha in 1961.


Box 1


  1. Correspondence, 1932

  2. Correspondence, 1933

  3. Correspondence, 1934

  4. Correspondence, 1935

  5. Correspondence, 1936

  6. Correspondence, 1937

  7. Correspondence, 1938

  8. Correspondence, 1939

  9. Correspondence, 1940

  10. Correspondence, 1941

  11. Correspondence, 1942

  12. Correspondence, 1943

  13. Correspondence, 1944

  14. Correspondence, 1945

  15. Correspondence, 1946

  16. Correspondence, 1947

  17. Correspondence, 1948

  18. Correspondence, 1949

  19. Correspondence, 1950

  20. Correspondence, 1951

  21. Reminiscences (photocopies only)

  22. Berigan letters to Kit, 1971-1973 (photocopies only)

  23. Scrapbook 1 (photocopies only)

  24. Scrapbook 2 (photocopies only)

  25. Scrapbook 3 (photocopies only)


Subject headings:

Berigan Brothers Livestock Commission Company (Omaha, Nebraska)

Berigan family

Berigan, Francis A., 1899-1973

Livestock — Nebraska

Omaha (Nebraska) — History

Stockyards — Nebraska — Omaha


Revised TMM      10-05-2018