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April 2015 marks the 20th celebration of National Poetry Month here in the United States. If you need a little inspiration or just a quick poetical fix, the UW Digital Collections can help! While we don't have a collection devoted exclusively to poetry, at least a couple of poetry-rich resources are available.

On the more professional side, the Parallel Press publishes a handful of poetry titles each year. Featured poets tend to have a regional connection and have generally been recipients of multiple awards and distinctions. The newest titles are available in print, but appear in the digital collections a year or two after publication. Browse the series Parallel Press Chapbooks.

Wisconsin Literary Magazine

In addition, you'll find student literary magazines that contain a mix of short stories and poetry. As one might expect from student work, the writing can be uneven and perhaps a bit less polished, but often compelling nonetheless. The Wisconsin Literary Magazine showcases Madison students' writings from 1903 to 1929, while contemporary student work can be found in The Windy Hill Review, which has been published by the UW–Waukesha Literary Club for over three decades. Publications from 1979 up to 2012 are available in the Digital Collections.


Ada Deer

In celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), the UW System Office of the Gender & Women's Studies announced the launch of the Wisconsin Women Making History website: http://womeninwisconsin.org! For the past three years, they've worked with their partners to create a site that celebrates the legacy of Wisconsin women leaders, innovators, and scholars.

In celebration of the launch of this excellent resource, we've put together links to archival images in UWDCC featuring some of the women leaders from the Government & Politics category in Wisconsin Women Making History.

Shirley Abrahamson in UWDCC

Carrie Chapman Catt in UWDCC

Kathryn Clarenbach in UWDCC

Ada Deer in UWDCC

Jessie Jack Hooper in UWDCC

Golda Meir in UWDCC

Donna Shalala in UWDCC


Why yes, that is horror in her eyesHave you ever considered celebrating St. Patrick's Day by participating in a beard growing contest? Beginning in 1912, that's exactly what students in the UW College of Engineering did. The contest originally began to determine who would play St. Patrick during the traditional Spring Celebration.

There were seven characteristics one's beard could be judged upon: most Lincolnesque, longest, best all-around, best color, puniest, heaviest, and curliest. The Badger Beauties (that's another blog post) participated by bringing out the rulers and assisting in the beard judging process.


Gypsy Rose Lee

In Wisconsin’s Historic Natural Resources Photos collection you'll find images like this one, of Vaudeville entertainer "Gypsy" Rose Lee holding a musky she caught in Pine Lake, Iron County in 1946. She is featured along with several other recognizable folks who were "caught" fishing in Wisconsin, including baseball great Ted Williams, former president Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the perpetually smoking journalist Edward R. Murrow. The collection is the first 500 of what will eventually be 2,200 black and white photos from the 1930s to the 1970s, showing Wisconsinites (and others) enjoying and working to protect the state's natural resources.

See the whole collection: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.DNRPhotos


WEM Logo

Are floods, tornados, and tire fires your thing? The new Wisconsin Emergency Management Images and Historic Materials contains images taken by emergency management officials in the aftermath of numerous disasters that have hit Wisconsin. Particularly signficant are images of the 1996 Oakfield tornado a F5 with estimated wind speeds of 265 mph. There were no fatalities in this event, but the damage amounted to $39.5 million in public/private property, and $900,000 in crop losses.

Also included in the collection are remarkable photographs of the 1965 Monroe tornado, which was just one event in the 12 hour rash of Midwest tornados known as the Palm Sunday outbreak.

The materials are a photographic record of the meteorological and climatological history of Wisconsin and offer an understanding of how natural disasters, and the efforts to mitigate their impacts, have transformed Wisconsin’s landscape and built environment over time. They also illustrate changes in emergency preparedness and response practices over time and the materials capture an important piece of Wisconsin history—traumatic events that triggered massive public response and recovery efforts and changed Wisconsin communities.

See the whole collection: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WEMArchive


Turkey Racers, 1919

Beginning in 1902, fleet of foot Badgers competed in the Turkey Race, a long distance run annually held the day before Thanksgiving. What were the runners competing for? Pride? Certainly, but also a bevy of avian prizes. Oh, and they were live. First place – a live Turkey (obviously) Second place – a live goose, third place a live chicken, and fourth place earned an egg. Yes, an egg.

Starting in 1920, winners’ names were carved on the Elsom Trophy, named after Dr. J.C. Elsom, professor of physical education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as the school’s first basketball coach. Courses were about two miles long. The 1914 Badger Yearbook reports that the route was, “Across Lower Campus; down State Street to the Square; north on Mifflin Street to the Post office; Wisconsin Avenue to Langdon Street; down to the Gymnasium, finishing in front of the Gym.”

Coach Elsom

We’re not sure when this traditions ended, but the last time it’s mentioned in the Badger Yearbook is 1934.


New Dominy Craftsmen Collection.

Three generations of the Dominy family of East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York functioned as craftsmen from ca. 1760 to ca. 1850. Nathaniel Dominy IV (1737-1812) was a woodworker and metalworker producing tall case clocks, furniture, and repairing thousands of pocket watches. His son, Nathaniel Dominy V (1770-1852) practiced all forms of woodworking. His activity included work as a furniture joiner, millwright, house carpenter, cooper, and supplier of agricultural tools to farmers in East Hampton township – Sag Harbor to Montauk. Nathaniel V’s son, Felix Dominy (1800-1868) was trained to be a clock and watchmaker. He worked primarily as a maker of tall case clocks and repairer of pocket watches over a short time span of ca. 1815 to 1828 when technological unemployment forced him to forego craft activity and take a job as keeper of the Fire Island lighthouse.

Direct descendants of the Dominy craftsmen kept together and preserved the craftsmen’s shop equipment, tools, and manuscript material on their original site until 1946 thus preserving the only complete record of craftsmen working in colonial America and the New Republic.

The Dominy Craftsmen Collection will contain a revised and enlarged digital edition of With Hammer in Hand by Charles F. Hummel; the extensive collection of Dominy family manuscript material in the Joseph Downs Manuscript and Printed Ephemera Collection, Winterthur Library, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware; a video-taped lecture about the Dominy craftsmen; and a brief description of books owned by the craftsmen and members of their families.

Explore the entire collection at: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Dominy

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