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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Today I thought would be a great day to blog about the German Studies Collection.  This weekend UW Madison with Humboldt College are paying tribute to Jost Hermand on his birthday.  Earlier this year the UW payed tribute to Hermand as the most famous living scholar of German literature and culture, whom still teaching in Berlin and Madison.

Within our German Studies Collection is a sub-collection called The Wisconsin Workshop. Beginning in 1969 the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin, Madison sponsored “The Wisconsin Workshop,” an annual, interdisciplinary conference traditionally held in the fall and focused on a topic related to German culture. It was remarkable in the way it brought together young and mature scholars of German literature, arts, culture, and history, creating a transatlantic bridge for scholarly exchange about “things German.”

Reinhold Grimm and Jost Hermand, the department’s two senior Vilas Research Professors, organized the annual event with support from younger colleagues and published the volumes from 1970 until 1982 in Germany and from 1986 until 1994 under the imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press.The selected proceedings of each Wisconsin Workshop were published in volumes that have accompanied and documented major trends in the discipline of German Studies. Many of these volumes are considered path-breaking contributions in the field, others have become standard reference works.

We hope you take a look at his collection, especially all you Germans out there. And lets all say a Alles Gute zum Geburtstag to Jost Hermand.

 

Cambodian Radio

Today we have another new collection to share with you, the UNTAC Archives.  The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia is mainly a radio archive and can be considered as a Cambodian historical item. The collection features the democratic transition in Cambodia in early 1990s, after the end of Cold War. The radio program was established in 1992, began broadcasting in 1992 and ended in 1993. The radio was a very effective tool for UNTAC to get its information on the electoral process, human rights and other UNTAC’s activities to Cambodian people across the country. 

The collection consists of around 232 programs in which comprises of 2,462 paper documents and 2,113 distinct tapes. The transcript and other types of text-based documents are in English, Khmer or/and French, while audio tapes are only in Khmer except some interviews with non-Khmer speakers.

Take a listen and let us know what you think.

 

Forward!

Now there is a new way to search some of our digital collections. UW • Forward, a resource discovery tool that offers a unified search interface for library data, has added five of our digital resources to its search library. You can now search for through these collections along with UW System library holdings. The collections that can be found in UW Forward include Africa Focus, Artists' Books, Publishers' Bindings Online and SouthEast Asian Images and Texts. Take a look at this new search system and let us know what you think!

 

The Tale of Two Rivers


The Mueller Bros. Brewing Co.

Life and Industry in Two Rivers is another collection we recently went live with. The collection contains the Hubert R. Wentorf Photo Collection and Fisher-Hamilton Industries Product Catalogs.

Mr. Wentorf was both a local photographer and a collector of historical photographs. His images focus on local landmarks, industries and institutions, and people going about daily life in Two Rivers. Many of his photographs include group shots of organizations and civic groups.


Artists Sketch of Hamilton Manufacturing Company

The Fisher-Hamilton catalogs document the products manufactured by the company and the evolution of these products (and the company itself) over the years. These catalogs serve as a valuable resource to antique hunters.

Take a peek at this great image collection. Maybe you will find a little history of your own.

 

To the Dells!

Tomorrow is the start of the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference. Since this year's conference is being held in Wisconsin Dells, we thought we would highlight some of the collections that have images from the Dells.

The image on the left is from the Great Lakes Maritime History Project Collection. The caption says this is the Alexander Mitchell, at landing in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, passengers are posing on both decks.

The image on the right is from the Brittingham Lantern Slides Collection. The picture is a view of rock formations and water in the Upper Dells of Wisconsin.

Both of these collections can be found in The State of Wisconsin Collection.

We hope everything goes well at the conference this week and maybe we will see some of you there!

 

They're Creepy and They're Kooky, Mysterious and Spooky

Halloween weekend is officially here! Everyone's costumes are ready and its almost time for the Halloween parties to begin.

This year we thought we would put together a collection of some of our scariest photos from all of the collections. We added the collection to our Flickr site. It's called UWDCC Fright Night! -- check it out!

My favorite creepy picture from our collections is the one on the left. The people look like ghosts next to this huge fire!

We have tons of scary pictures in this Flickr set. From clowns and spiders to ghost babies and cemeteries, we have something creepy for all of you.

We are also tweeting creepy images all day. Check out our Twitter feed, @UWdigiCollec.

Do you have a favorite creepy, Halloween inspired picture from our collection? Let us know!

 

Freakfest 2010

Halloween weekend is finally here. I hope everyone has their costumes finished and is ready for Freakfest. I still have a few things to pick up for my costume but I am looking forward to the State Street activitites.

Our UW-Madison Collection has great images from past Halloweens. On the left in a picture from Halloween in 1982. Back then they used to have the festivities on Library Mall. They also used to sell beer at the event.

The image on the right is from 1983. These costumes seem a little creepy. What are you and your friends planning on being for Halloween this year? Something scary? Cute? A group costume?

The Wisconsin Alumni Association has put together a timeline of the History of Halloween at UW-Madison. Did you know the first one was in 1979? Take a peek at their timeline before you head out Saturday.

Hopefully everyone will have a great Halloween. You can catch me on State Street Saturday. I can't wait to see all of your costumes.

 


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