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Thanks to a 2011 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and our friends in Ozaukee County, we have a great new collection to share!

altThe Ozaukee County Local History Collection provides a window into the history and development of Ozaukee County. Whether published over 100 years ago or more recently, the selected material is focused on the history of the area, often stems from personal and civic efforts to document and promote local communities, and offers a broad range of topics. Topics include personal reminiscences of growing up in Ozaukee County, reflections of local residents who served during wartime, histories of various local communities, and histories of public services and groups in those communities, including fire departments and a woman’s club. Some of the titles date as far back as 1835, with a significant amount covering the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century.

Be sure to check out this great new collection when you get the chance and explore the history of Ozaukee County!


Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's day we are highlighting two of our collections--one dedicated to World War II veterans and the other to experiences of the war at home in Manitowoc County.

The digital collection, World War II Veterans of Mount Horeb, is an effort to honor the sacrifices and achievements of Mount Horeb veterans and to ensure their place in local history. The collection brings together several types of materials: books, photographs, audio interviews, slides, and personal scrapbooks and memorabilia. The Mount Horeb Public Library began this project by personally interviewing willing WWII veterans. Each of these men and one woman has compelling stories to tell about serving their country during WWII. Many had the opportunity to take pictures of a 1940s war-ravaged Europe, which are also included in the collection. Our hope is that through the experiences and memorabilia of each person, we will be able to educate future generations about the past.

The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the period from 1939 to 1947—both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War.


Historic Librarians and Benefactors

Ever wonder what past library world celebrities looked like (come on, you know you have)? Now's there's our brand new Historic Librarians and Benefactors Collections to satisfy your curiosity.

This collection of slides contains portraits of prominent American and international figures who made major contributions to the library world in areas such as cataloging, collection development, children’s librarianship, public access, library statistics, library studies, publishing, and philanthropy.

Some of the librarians represented include Margaret Mann, Charles A. Cutter, and Melvil Dewey. Other figures include the publisher Halsey William Wilson, founder of the H. W. Wilson Company, as well as industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The portraits range in date from late 19th century to mid 20th century.

Be sure to check out these and other new collections at our collection listings!


Housewife Day

Did you know that today is National Housewife Day? To celebrate this quirky holiday you might take a look at a few photos of classic Badger Housewives from the Badger Village Sections of our University of Wisconsin Collection.

Housewife Day (an officially unrecognized holiday as far as we can tell) celebrates the importance of stay at home wives and moms. The term housewife dates as far back as the 13th century according to the Oxford English Dictionary and is often used to describe a woman whose main occupation is managing a household.

There are several publications in the UW Digital Collections containing domestic guides for women and girls, instructing them how to best manage daily household duties. Take a look at Playing House: Homemaking for Children to learn more. On the UW Madison campus once stood a a Home Management House where students lived for two weeks in order to apply budgeting and household management skills. You can see images in Home Economics to Human Ecology: A Centennial History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.



Janesville's Past: Additions to the Collection

Have you seen Janesville's Past? With recent additions made possible through a 2011 Library Services and Technology Act grant (LSTA) this is a collection worth checking out!

Janesville, located in southern Wisconsin near the Illinois border, was settled in 1835, making it one of the earliest communities in the state. The collection contains photographs by Lowell "Bud" Gruver, showing Janesville's changing cityscape in the 20th century. The nineteenth-century is well represented through many books and the newest additions to the collection include several histories written by citizens of Janesville, detailing everything from growing up in the city to entertainment and the schools.

Digitization of Janesville's Past is collaborative project completed by the UWDCC and the Hedberg Public Library and was funded, in part, through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. This grant provides financial support for public libraries to digitize and make available online, their local library resources.

Be sure to look through all of the new material that can be found in this collection!


Freaky Photo Contest

Halloween is right around the corner and to help get us all in the spooky spirit we are having a Freakiest Photo contest. We have haunted ghost babies, smoking cauldrons, dissected bodies and even dolls that make Chucky look adorable!

Just look through the albums on our Facebook page of creepy creatures, ghastly ghouls, and scary skeletons and pick which ones make your spine tingle the most!

The pictures with the most votes in each category will move on to our Creepiest Picture Bracket. The pictures you vote as spookiest, craziest and most downright disturbing, will go head-to-head over the three-day period leading up to Halloween. Each day the pictures will be narrowed down and half will be bumped out of the running. On Halloween we will have our final showdown; the freakiest photos of all time will go head-to-head to see who gets the Creepy Crown of UW Digital Collections!

Post your predictions for who will be in the finals and who will be crowned. So don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and help the photo that makes you wake up screaming make it to the finals on Halloween!

Who do you think will be the freakiest photo of them all!?


Paul A. Chadbourne

Todaalty, Friday October 21st, is the birthday of Paul Chadbourne who was president of UW Madison from 1867-1870. Many of you may have once lived in Chadbourne hall as a Freshman or have at least walked past it on your way up Bascom Hill, well this is the president it was named after.

Paul Ansel Chadbourne
President, 1867-1870

In 1866 the Wisconsin legislature passed an act to enlarge and restructure the university including its curriculum, faculty, and students.  The legislature also created a new corporation and a new Board of Regents.  One of the first pressing needs was to find a chief executive, now called president, for the reorganized university, and the regents settled on Paul Chadbourne. Chadbourne was a strong administrator and laid the groundwork for the growth of the university in later years.  The Law School was established during his administration, and the first professor of agriculture was hired.  Ladies Hall, which originally housed the Female College and later was a women's dormitory, was named for Chadbourne.

Chadbourne was born in North Berwick, Maine on October 21, 1823.  He attended Phillips Academy and worked for several years before graduating from Williams College in 1848. Chadbourne resigned in June, 1870, and later became president of Williams College from 1872 to 1881 and then returned to the Massachusetts Agricultural College as president in 1882.  He died in New York city, where he had gone for business, on February 23, 1883.

If you would like to read more about Paul Chadbourne or some of our other university presidents, A history of housing at the University of Wisconsin (1987), by Barry James Teicher is a great place to look.


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