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Wisconsin's Natural History

wgnhs0244xToday we thought we would share one of our new collections with you. The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Digital Collection contains more than 4,000 black and white photographs taken by field geologists working for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey between 1910 and 1935.

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, part of the University of Wisconsin–Extension, conducts research on Wisconsin’s rocks, soils, and groundwater.

Since its official creation by the state legislature in 1897 the Survey has produced publications describing the natural history, geography, geology, soils, and groundwater of the state. WGNHS continues to produce maps and publications for geology professionals and for the general public. City and county governments, engineers, schools, and conservation groups are among those that depend on research done by the Survey for projects and developments.

The pictures show natural rock formations; Wisconsin landscapes including lakes, rivers, and dams; and economic activities such as brick making, mining, road building, and farming. The collection also includes photographs of the field parties and their families as well as a few images from neighboring states and from the Southwest.

We hope that you take a look and enjoy!



Illuminating Campus

ch05072212lYesterday, while I was walking to class, dancers were everywhere dancing over bridges, on the grass and outside campus buildings. I was slightly confused until I realized that it was the kick off for Illuminate: UW-Madison Year of the Arts 2010-2011.

From September until August the UW will have over 300 exhibitions, performances, speakers, and other events celebrating the arts on campus.

The digital collections contain images of various art events over campus history and have a few collections dedicated to art.

The Artists' Book Collection is an illustrated, descriptive index to the collection located in the Kohler Art Library, Universityab0553l of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently, it contains over 800 titles.The artists’ books are finely crafted and visually stimulating works made by more than 150 presses and artists worldwide. They comprise limited edition, one-of-a-kind, and offset books, representative of major book artists working during the past thirty years, including many who trained in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department.

imageserverThe Arts Collection brings together, in digital form, primary and secondary materials relating to the creative arts as broadly defined: visual, literary, musical, and performing. Our first submission to the collection was the journal Arts in Society, published on the University of Wisconsin campus from 1958 to 1976. Now the collection hosts over 10 sub collections ranging from exhibition catalogs to Latin American Cartonera.

Take a look at the Illuminate website for a schedule of all the events going on around campus!


A Whole New World

1419as02lTonight at the Memorial Union is the Study Abroad Fair. From 4 p.m. til 7 p.m. the Great Hall will be filled with students trying to decide which study abroad is right for them.

I know I will be there night possibly looking at a study abroad that fits my interests, probably somewhere in Italy. But many of you might take a look at the study abroad in Ghana for example. If you do the image on the left shows the University you might attend.

Others may want to travel to the South East of Asia and study in Vietnam or Thailand. If you do, maybe you will make a trip to Cambodia and see the temples, like the one at the right, at Angkor Wat.angw0116l

Wherever you go it will sure to be an adventure. Before you leave the U.S. check out some of our collections. We have images from different cultures around the world.


Holding on to the Summer Weather

Even though summer vacation is over, the weather has been perfect for outdoor activities. I spent some time this weekend on the terrace.

Here are some great photographs of the terrace from The Cultural Landscape of the UW-Madison Campus Collection.

How have you been spending your free time?

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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!

uwar00091lWelcome back everyone!

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.


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