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Football is Back!

GO BADGERS! It's time to get in the mood for football! This Saturday, April 17th, the Wisconsin Badgers will hold their Spring Game at 2 p.m.

The Wisconsin Athletic Communications Office has for years produced media guides for all of the sports at the UW-Madison. In our UW-Madison Athletic Department Collection we have digitized football programs dating back to the 1950s!

They once were intended solely for use by the media as factual reference guides. They have since become "yearbooks," publications designed to assist in the recruitment of student-athletes to the UW. Regardless, they are filled with biographical and historical information that Badger fans will enjoy.

I hope everyone gets to come out tomorrow and see the game!


It's that time of year again, the Farmer's Market!

The Dane County Farmer's Market officially starts this Saturday, April 17th! The Farmer's Market on Capitol Square has been a tradition since 1972.

Our State of Wisconsin Collection has images of farmers dating back to the early 1900s! The image on the left is of a celebration for farmers at the Farmers Supply Company in Slinger, Wisconsin in 1910.



Also from the State of Wisconsin Collection, on the right is an image from "Fair Day" in Denmark, Wisconsin. On this day farmers in the surrounding territory would bring in their hogs and ducks, geese and even dogs to sell. They would trade among themselves, however, there were also quite a few cattle buyers there.

Take a look at our old time farmer's images and get ready for a great summer at the Farmer's Market!



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.


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