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A Guide to Drawing the Human Figure

Our Decorative Arts and Material Culture Collection has something for anyone who appreciates art. One Collection in particular, the Johann Hienrich Ramberg pictorial guide to drawing the human figure, is perfect for anyone who loves to draw or sketch.

Ramberg (1763-1840) was one of the most popular illustrators in Germany. He worked in a variety of media but his strength was in linework. This compendium contains variously-dated plates, including studies of heads, limbs, and bodies in multiple views.

The guide demonstrates the various ways to sketch multiple parts of the human figure. One page contains images over 100 ways to draw a hand and foot.

Anyone who has ever tried to sketch the human figure will appreciate the techniques found in this book.


The Forest Atlas

We recently went live with the Forest Products Lab Atlas Collection. The Forest Atlas of the National Forests of the United States was originally published in 1913. The forest distribution information was compiled from a vast number of published records, partly from numerous unprinted reports, notes, and the knowledge of individuals whose observations were still unrecorded.

Most of these maps are hand colored but a few of the later maps were mechanically reproduced.







George B. Sudworth, along with his assistants in the Section of Forest Distribution, W. H. Lamb, Georgia E. Wharton, and Mary C. Gannett, compiled on separate cards many thousands of locality records for individual species, based upon published botanical lists, unpublished notes, and herbarium specimens. For each species these localities were plotted by number on a large cloth-backed contour map of North America.

Take a look at the maps and you will see the research that these foresters collected.


Happy Spring Break!

We will be back after a short relaxing vacation. Have a great break everyone!


Water Week

uwlimn0070lThe University of Wisconsin-Madison is celebrating Water Week this week on campus. The UWDC has multiple collections dedicated to water research.

One in particular is The History of Limnology. This image collection is a depiction of three generations of limnological research in Wisconsin. The collection mainly focuses on the important pioneers of limnology, Dr. Edward A. Birge, Chancey Juday and Arthur D. Hasler, research laboratories, and field equipment. A significant portion of the 125 images are from the photo archives of the Center for Limnology Library.uwlimn0048l


The Center for Limnology is a research facility affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Center for Limnology was established in July 1982 to plan, conduct, and facilitate inland freshwater research.



The Natural History of Wisconsin

0589lDr. Virginia E. (March) Kline was a plant ecologist with a thirst for knowledge about the natural world. She enthusiastically taught the wonders of nature and the science of ecology to students of all ages. In her role as the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Ecologist and Research Program Manager, she helped to develop the new field of restoration ecology. She lectured and consulted around the world in the field of restoration ecology and received many awards for scientific excellence and community service.

The Virginia M. Kline Collection includes a series of slides reflecting the natural history of Wisconsin, past and present. Also included are a series of audiotapes from the course "Reading the Landscape," taught by Dr. Virginia M. Kline. The images were part of the personal slide collection 1179lof Dr. Kline. She used the slides for numerous courses and presentations. Some of the slides have become faded and scratched and the quality of many of the audiotapes is less than ideal. Nevertheless, the collection records a story of the natural history of Wisconsin and of the life and work of Dr. Kline.

Take a look at the collection. You might recognize some of the plants growing in your own backyard.


Sacred Songbooks

0001-1American Sacred Music provides access to sacred music published in the United States, with a focus on publications from the Midwest. Dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, these are primarily collections of hymns and anthems, with other types of sacred music, such as cantatas and revival songs, also represented.

This digital collection illustrates the variety of religious and sacred music found within the musical life of Wisconsin. Hymns, anthems and sacred songs were by no means restricted to congregational singing during church services. At revival meetings, at home, at singing schools and in the classroom, sacred music was an important community activity.0024

The books have interesting music lessons for school along with practical lessons, like the one above, that should be practiced every day. Browse the collection and you might learn something about singing.


The TA's Voice

In 1970 the Teachers Assistant Association went on strike on the UW campus. According to the TAA-Madison website the UW had refused to move on issues critical to the TAs. The TAs went on strike, and four weeks later won most of their demands.

At the UWDC we have a project focusing on these strikes.

Campus Voices is a project meant to capture, present, and preserve some of the strongest historical stories and memories of UW-Madison, through the people who lived them. The project’s first album focuses on the 1970 Teaching Assistants Association strike, in commemoration of its 40th anniversary.

The interviews are available to listen to and the transcripts are also included.


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