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Burbank and the Mutant Plants

Luther Burbank was one if North America's foremost American plant breeders. Our collection, Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries, contains documents of his methods and discoveries. The 12–volume monographic series is prepared from his original field notes covering more than 100,000 experiments made during forty years devoted to plant improvement.

He experimented with thousands of plant varieties and developed many new ones, including new varieties of prunes, plums, raspberries, blackberries, apples, peaches, and nectarines. Besides the Burbank potato, he produced new tomato, corn, squash, pea, and asparagus forms; spineless cactus useful in cattle feeding; and many new flowers, especially lilies and the famous Shasta daisy.

Take a look at the collection, you might be surprised by the plants he created.


Collaborating to Digitize Campus History

The UW Digital Collections Center is fortunate to partner with campus faculty, librarians and staff to create our wonderful resources. One such person, with whom we collaborate on a regular basis, is UW Madison archivist David Null. Over the past decade, David has championed some of the most fascinating and well-used digitization projects featuring materials from the Archives including: the Aldo Leopold Archives, Badger Yearbooks, Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, The William J. Meuer Photoart Collection, the UW-Madison Class Albums and hundreds of historic images from the Archives collections.

As UW-Madison Archivist and head of the University Archives and Records Management Division, David manages preservation of University records and information of permanent historical value, provides records management services and support and serves as an educational resource encouraging administrative and scholarly research using the archival collections. He also oversees the university's Oral History Program which documents prominent faculty and staff and their research and careers at the University.

Hats off to David Null and the University Archives for sharing these amazing digital resources!


BEER AND CHEESE! What more could you ask for?

Raise your glass in honor of the Beer and Cheese Fest in Madison this weekend! We thought we would take a look through our collections for images to celebrate those two things we love here in Wisconsin!

The State of Wisconsin Collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history and ongoing development. And of course features some of the best images of CHEESE AND BEER!


This a view from the steps of the Court House in the center of the square in the business section of Monroe, Wisconsin, on Saturday, September 14, 1940 - Cheese Day. This celebration was held every 5 years. The crowd has gathered to witness a Dairy Maid milking contest.

This collection also contains a great book titled Cheesemaking in Wisconsin: a short history! The book contains text and great pictures of cheese factories all around Wisconsin!




And we can't forget to mention the great breweries here in Wisconsin. In the Kenosha City directory of 1858-9, it was recorded that this brewery was located on North Water Street, on the corner of the first alley south of Lemon Street. The brewery annually converted seven to ten thousand bushels of malt into beer. Conrad Muntzenberger came to Kenosha in 1847 and operated this brewery until 1875.


Collection of the Month

This month we thought we would share with you The Real Estate Collection. The Real Estate Collection is intended to provide online access to scholarly research, teaching materials and examples of commercial work in real estate done by celebrated University of Wisconsin professor James A. Graaskamp and others.

James Graaskamp taught real estate at the UW-Madison from 1964 to 1988 and was chairman of the Real Estate Department from 1968 until his untimely death in 1988. Graaskamp built the teaching side of the Real Estate program into national prominence.

This digital collection contains over 165 of Landmark Research’s consulting reports completed between the late 1960s to the early 1990s. There are appraisals, market and feasibility studies as well as other types of research and analysis. The collection provides a sampling of the extraordinary work of this truly remarkable man. We are all proud to have played a small role in preserving it and making it available to others with the support of the Counselors of Real Estate and the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.


Hand Painted Publishing

The Latin American Cartonera Publishers Database is another of our visually interesting collections. The Cartonera publishing phenomenon began in Buenos Aires in 2003 and was spearheaded by writers and artists interested in reconfiguring the conditions in which literary art is produced and consumed. This initial enterprise called Eloisa Cartonera has not only changed the publishing scene in Argentina but also the scene across Latin America by functioning as a model and an inspiration for the development of the following Cartonera publishing projects in Latin America.

All of the Cartonera books are hand-made from recycled cardboard collected off the streets by cartoneros, or garbage pickers, who then sell the cardboard they collect to the Cartonera publishers and in some cases work on the production process of the actual books themselves. The cardboard covers are hand painted and assembled in a process that reconfigures the relation of the worker to his work by sidestepping exploitation of the worker and maintaining the unique artistic qualities of each individual cover produced.

We encourage you to check out these covers for yourself. Enjoy!


The Guide to Design in the 1850s!

Recently the UW Digital Collections went live with the Journal of Design and Manufactures collection. These journals were published in London from 1849 to 1852. They were edited by Henry Cole and Richard Redgrave. Focusing on decorative and applied arts, the journal aimed to improve British industrial design and educate public taste. Actual samples of fabric and wallpaper were included in the issues, and designs analyzed. Attention was also devoted to critiques of contemporary pottery, glass and metals. Other contents include news items, book reviews, and original papers on topics ranging from copyright to the importance of botany study to design. The 1851 Great Exhibition is heavily discussed. Illustrations are scattered throughout. The six compilation volumes presented here constitute the full run (36 monthly issues) of this short-lived journal. Each volume includes six issues with a contents index. Original volumes are held at the UW-Madison, Kohler Art Library.

Check 'em out! Maybe it will give you some design ideas!


Welcome 2010 LSTA Grant Recipients!

On Wednesday, January 13th, the UWDCC will host Wisconsin public librarians at a day-long workshop to aquaint these 2010 LSTA grant recipients with the UW Digital Collections Center, its staff, digitization process and more!

Approximately 20 librarians, representing ten libraries or library systems throughout the state, will enjoy staff presentations on scanning, metadata creation, copyright, marketing digital collections and more.

Since 2005, the UWDCC has partnered with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and public libraries to digitize and make available online, materials that present Wisconsin local history including city directories, atlases and plat maps, community photo collections, oral histories, yearbooks, newsletters and other archival materials. To date, over 30 projects have been completed, digitizing thousands of images and book pages. These collections are freely accessible via the State of Wisconsin Collection at http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI. For more information about the LSTA program, visit http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/lsta.html.


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