The woman in the photo wears a light-colored summer dress as she kneels by a pool surrounded by willow trees and other lush greenery on the grounds of the historic Joslyn Castle.
She looks like she's in her 20s, and the photo is likely from the early 1900s.
But who is she? Who took the photo? When was this?
Those are the types of questions the Joslyn Castle Trust will be answering as it undertakes the first-ever comprehensive archiving of photos, documents and objects related to the 110-year-old mansion in midtown Omaha.
“Our job is to preserve and share the castle,” said Julie Reilly, executive director of the castle, which is owned by the nonprofit trust.
Earlier this year, the Peter Kiewit Foundation awarded the castle a $25,000 matching grant, and part of it's being used to carry out the project, the bulk of which started this summer.
It's a big task, like going through grandma's things. But imagine if grandma lived in a place as large as the castle: four levels, 35 rooms, three dozen closets and 19,300 square feet, about as big as 10 medium-size ranch homes.
And just like when grandma's place gets cleaned out, the archiving has exposed mysteries and revealed treasures in the turreted limestone mansion built in 1903 by George and Sarah Joslyn.
There's the silver bobbin for making lace, found tucked in a dining room drawer, that likely belonged to Sarah. There's a Christmas card Sarah sent to friends and family with the words: “A thousand loving thoughts of you are with us all the time.” There's the 3-inch-thick Spanish mahogany kitchen door found stored in the castle's cavernous basement.
Then there are the mysteries, such as what ever happened to the original cut-glass and copper chandelier that hung in the oak-paneled dining room where the Joslyns entertained friends in their mansion at 39th and Davenport Streets.
And what about the original bronze button from the castle's door bell? Maybe it's in a box in the basement that hasn't been sorted through yet.
Castle staff and an archivist brought in just for the project are sifting through dozens of boxes and binders, plus hundreds of photos stored throughout the mansion and other buildings on the grounds.
Every item will be described and assigned a number, and the information will be entered into a searchable database available to researchers and the public.
Some items are small, such as the 4-inch wide black leather notebook where Sarah kept the calling cards she'd leave when visiting friends.
Others are big, such as the 6-foot-high wooden screen windows that let the breeze into Sarah and George's home long before air conditioning.
The couple came to Omaha in 1880. George made his fortune providing print-ready ads and features to newspapers across the country. At the time of his death in 1916, he was the richest man in the state.
The Joslyns were known for their philanthropy, such as a donation that helped establish what is now the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Sarah's most prominent gift to the people of Omaha was the Joslyn Art Museum, built in memory of her husband.
Jim Fogarty, a former board member of the Castle Trust, said sharing their wealth was important to the Joslyns, so it's fitting that their home has become a public place.
Many people develop a passion for the castle because they have experienced it on a personal level, said Fogarty, a mansion volunteer who grew up nearby and still lives close.
The castle hosts more than 40 weddings a year, plus murder-mystery parties, literary readings, wine tastings, anniversary parties, concerts, little kid birthday parties and Christmas celebrations with Santa.
Fogarty said that when people step into the castle, they are dazzled by the 1,800-pound wrought-iron front door, the grand staircase made of hand-polished mahogany, and the 12-foot high ceiling.
“They are absolutely floored,” he said.
Sarah, who died in the castle in 1940 at age 88, was the last member of the Joslyn family to live in the house. From 1944 to 1989 the castle housed the administrative offices for the Omaha Public Schools.
The state of Nebraska then owned it for two decades, and in 2010 sold the mansion to the Joslyn Castle Trust.
Reilly, the executive director, said an archiving of the castle's contents never occurred in the past because it's a big undertaking that would have been tough for the volunteer groups that operated the mansion to pull off.
The first executive director was hired in 2008. Reilly, who has a background in art conservation and historic house museums, took over a year ago, and made the archiving a priority.
The scope of the project extends beyond the castle walls.
Reilly said other organizations, such as the Douglas County Historical Society, have photos of the mansion and the Joslyns.
Those organizations will keep their photos, but castle staff hopes to make copies of them and enter details in the database.
Reilly also is asking anyone in Omaha or elsewhere who might have photos or other materials related to the Joslyns to contact the trust, so information about the items can be added to the database.
Sarah, for example, was known for giving gifts to friends and others, even giving one of her own diamond rings to her chauffer to use as a wedding ring for his bride.
Reilly said she'd love to take a picture of any of those presents, so they can become one more piece of the castle's long history.