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First and Ten Wisconsin!

040502as119l-1Tomorrow marks this football season's home opener for the Badgers. At 11 a.m. the Badgers will kick off against San Jose State at Camp Randall Stadium. According to the Wisconsin Athletics site, The Badgers have won 14 consecutive home openers, dating back to 1996.dn05052447r

The image on the right shows Al Toon in 1983 when he played for the Badgers. Tomorrow we will be cheering on his son, Nick Toon, as he plays wide receiver.

We hope that you will all be cheering on your Badgers whether at the game or from home.

 

The Helen C. House Party!

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We hope you all had a great summer, but now it's time to get back to school. This Thursday, Sept. 9th from 7-11 p.m., Helen C. White Library is having their 2nd annual Helen C. House Party!

Come spend some time at the library enjoying carnival games, video games, arts-n-crafts, movies, entertainment and free food! You can visit the Helen C. House Party website for a schedule of events.uwar00089l

These pictures are from a Campus Carnival in the 1960s from the University of Wisconsin Collection. They had everything from carnival food and games to a clown contest!

Come out and enjoy the start of the school year, and have a little fun at the library!

 

Primary Resources in UWDC

WIBlueBksWe're not just funny photos! Did you know the UW Digital Collections contains primary resources of interest (and use!) to researchers in a variety of fields including American history, American foreign policy, Native American history and Wisconsin history? Some of these collections include:

Documents Relating to Indian Affairs
U.S. government documents presenting debate and decisions related to Native American affairs including Documents Relating to the Negotiation of Ratified and Unratified Treaties With Various Indian Tribes, 1801-1869 and the Office of Indian Affairs, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Foreign Relations of the United States (1861-1961)
The official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication.

The Wisconsin Blue Books (1853-2004)
The primary one-volume reference source about the state including extensive description and statistics on virtually all aspects of life in Wisconsin such as population, geography, history, election data, educational resources, social services, finance, agriculture, industry, and transportation.

Public Documents of the State of Wisconsin (1852-1914)
Annual and biennial reports of all important Wisconsin state agencies from 1852 through 1914.

 

A Day in the Life...

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Ever wonder what it was like to be a college student 100 years ago? Where did they live? What did they study? How did they unwind after a long week of lectures? Published by Stanford University in 1939, Diary of a student of the University of Wisconsin, 1886 to 1892 recounts the experiences of Waukesha native and UW Madison student, Sidney Dean Townley, through his six years on campus.

http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/UW.StudentDiary

From his very first day on campus, Townley shares his daily experiences at UW Madison, providing detailed and often humorous commentary on his fellow students, courses, faculty and surroundings. For example, Halloween hi jinx are nothing new to campus. Back in '87 (as in 1887), this time-honored campus celebration included ducks, guns and spontaneous serenading of professors living on campus. Oh those naughty undergrads!

Equally important, Townley provides an in-depth first hand account of literary society debates, campus lectures and courses taught by UW Madison's founding faculty including Bascom, Chamberlain and others. He shares detailed information about campus housing, his mandatory military training, social activities, athletic events, campus traditions (including "taking over the fence" on Bascom Hill!), local politics and the city of Madison environs during this period. Townley received his BS in 1890, his MS in 1892, taught Mathematics and worked for the Washburn Observatory on campus. He went on to hold positions at the University of Michigan and the University of California. By 1939, he was Professor of Astronomy and Geodesy, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He published this diary while at Standford University.

Equally important, Townley provides an in-depth first hand account of literary society debates, campus lectures and courses taught by UW Madison's founding faculty including Bascom, Chamberlain and others. He shares detailed information about campus housing, his mandatory military training, social activities, athletic events, campus traditions (including "taking over the fence" on Bascom Hill!), local politics and the city of Madison environs during this period. Townley received his BS in 1890, his MS in 1892, taught Mathematics and worked for the Washburn Observatory on campus. He went on to hold positions at the University of Michigan and the University of California. By 1939, he was Professor of Astronomy and Geodesy, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He published this diary while at Stanford University.

(photo from UW Madison Class Album, 1890)

 

Happy Memorial Day!

hitch0022l.jpgThis weekend, we honor Wisconsin veterans by sharing one of our more recently completed and most captivating collections: World War II Veterans of Mount Horeb.

This project, completed in partnership with Mt. Horeb Public Library in 2008, presents digitized photographs, oral history interviews and memorabilia that document the myriad wartime experiences of six Mt. Horeb natives: Florian Stamm, Willis Martinson, Pat Hitchcock, Ray Cunneen, Wesley Field and Clarence Thronson. Their stories are compelling and serve to remind us of the sacrifices made by service men and women throughout the ages.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you, vets.

 

Welcome to Finals

Well this is it. We all survived Mifflin and made it to that time of year when libraries get the most attention and students get the least amount of sleep... finals. Student diets include large amounts of coffee and there is enough stress in the air to power a small town.

But just around the corner is summertime. We all just need to calm down and think that this could be us soon...

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Good luck with finals everyone, and stay sane! See you back here in the fall!

 

Graduation

CLP_A0422l.jpgSchool is coming to a close and for some that means it is time to graduate. Whether it is graduating to a higher grade level or moving on to the real world graduation is a time for celebration.

Our collections have images of graduations of all kinds. The image on the left shows soon to be UW Madison graduates on Bascom Hill ca. 1920s.

 

 

 

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The image on the right shows girls Dancing at Graduation in the Sande Society. The image is from Liberia in West Africa.

We have images of graduations from high school, military school, etc. Every one with it's own traditions of celebration.

We hope that those graduating this year find the right way to celebrate!

 


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