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Silver Buckle Press Collection

We just went live with a very interesting new collection containing some rare type specimen books!

Silver Buckle Press is a working museum of letterpress printing dedicated to preserving the craft of fine printing through educational programming, publications, exhibitions and tours. The Silver Buckle Press holdings of books, wood and metal type, hand presses, and printing equipment are part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries.

Books in the Silver Buckle Press Collection database represent printing history materials from our reference shelf. This core sample was chosen to make hard-to-find items available to students and researchers. The database consists primarily of type specimen books. Type specimens were issued by type and printing equipment manufacturers as sales catalogs. Another category of type specimen books in this collection were in-house specimens made by commercial printers to show prospective customers what types the business had available for job printing.

Type specimen books are becoming increasingly scarce. Though many of them were lavishly produced and substantial in size, type specimens were essentially sales catalogs and therefore ephemeral. Many simply did not survive intact—either because of heavy use, or because the books were discarded when new issues appeared. Additionally, few libraries collected or retained these now highly valued printing history items. Many of these books are in the category of library materials said to be “medium rare,” that is, they were once readily available but are now becoming difficult to locate. These materials are essential for research in type, design and printing history. We are pleased to make them more readily available for students and researchers.

Stay tuned for new updates because we will continue to add new and interesting material to this unique new collection.

 

Kenosha's Lost Industries

Here is another example of a new addition to our collections that has been made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.

Kenosha's Lost Industries: Photographs and Corporate Materials, 1850s-1990s

From the 1850s to the 1970s abundant water, a lake port, and railroad corridors crossing Kenosha and Kenosha County, Wisconsin impacted the growth of industry. Kenosha’s development was essentially connected to its strategic location on the western shore of Lake Michigan and in the urban corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago. Kenosha manufacturers gained access to cheap midwestern natural resources of iron, copper, wood, coal and water. These simple facts were the primary cause of Kenosha County’s industrialization. Larger markets were created as products reached more remote places.

Kenosha County industries enabled tens of thousands of immigrants from around the world to come to the area, adding their skills to the workforce and enriching society with their remarkable ethnic diversity. Minorities also found employment here. Their presence and contributions in the automobile industry during the 1950s were rarely documented in Wisconsin employment histories.

Kenosha’s industrialization allowed inexpensive production of wagons, tanned leather, bicycles, foundry products and machine tools. The natural groundwork was laid for the production of automobile, rail, and transportation components such as industrial wire and tools. For nearly a hundred years this work, accompanied by rapid population growth, created and supported the manufacture of products and commodities demanded by American workers and the world market.

altKenosha and the United States literally grew up together. The city became a major manufacturing center intertwined with regional, national and international economies. The once stable industrial base, which strengthened the southeast Wisconsin region and Kenosha’s local economy, is now changing, weakening, or disappearing altogether. Kenosha is losing, and has lost, over a century of its industrial legacy.

This new addition to our collections serves as a great compliment to another Kenosha subcollection, more generally focused on Kenosha history, Kenosha County History: Images and Texts, 1830s-1940s. Be sure to take a look at both of these collections and learn about Kenosha's interesting history.

 

What Does Finals Week Need? Pizza!

In honor of finals week quickly approaching, we're highlighting an article written by Julie Jacob in the 1985 edition of the Wisconsin badger.

We hope this helps some of you remember pizza during finals week and maybe even use it as a tool to maximize study time!

Pizza! A Food for All Seasons

Gyros come, and gyros go, and tofu has its time, but pizza has endured the tests of time and students' taste, and remains a comforting constant in the joys and trauma of college life. Eaten out or ordered in, deep dish or regular, it plays many roles, say on an ordinary Friday night.

1. Pizza as the food of negotiation and diplomacy.  Like an overabundance of manna from heaven, this particular Friday brings enough things to do for 1,000 Fridays. Invitations to three parties, friends coming in unexpectedly from LaCrosse, free concert tickets, a long-awaited date, and a friend's birthday celebration. Pizza is ordered in, (it has enough calories for a long night) and munched between phone calls arranging meeting times and places ("Okay ... first we'll go to Amy's party, then we'll cruise down to Hart's, meet Karen, stop in at Flamingo's have a drink with Pam,".. .

2. Pizza as the antidote to Friday night blues - it's another Friday, this one sans money, sans roommates (who have migrated home). Pizza salvages the evening. ("What did you do last night? Nothing?" "No, I ordered a Pit and watched Dallas)"alt

3. Pizza as the Great Comforter - Pizza as a warm, greasy and spicy security blanket to assuage the pain of failed exams, broken heart, empty checkbook, or dead plants. Pizza offered by roommates or friends as a token of their concern ("Here life's not all bad we just ordered an extra-large pizza - we even got anchovies and pepperoni - your favorite.")

4. Pizza as the ultimate nightcap - What can be a more perfect ending to a wild night out than to pass out with the cheek nestled against a slice with extra sauce and onions?

6. Finally, pizza during finals week. - The quick, easy way to shove calories into the body without wasting precious time cooking. Pizza as the ultimate study break, as a way to chew away anxieties.

Ah pizza. Is college complete without it?

If you want to browse through some more old copies of the Wisconsin Badger for more gems like these, check out our University of Wisconsin Collection!

 

Farewell to the Card Catalog

From Univeristy of Wisconsin News: http://www.news.wisc.edu/20057

It will be the end of an era when the public card catalog is removed from its home in room 224 of Memorial Library on the UW–Madison campus.

Withdrawal of the 6,700 drawers’ worth of cards will begin shortly, with the removal of their 112 cases to be completed in mid-May, to make room for new types of library spaces devoted to fostering innovative approaches to research and technology.

Card catalogs used to represent all of the books, journals, and resources in the libraries’ collections. Memorial Library’s card catalog has not been updated since 1987 after the first online catalog was implemented in 1986.

The millions of cards will be recycled and the majority of card cases will go to the university SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose) store where they are sold individually. SWAP is open to the public for those in the market for a piece of library history. Memorial Library is also planning on keeping some of the built-in cases and a sampling of cards.

The current plan is to use the space for a new Libraries’ initiative called The Humanities Research Bridge. The collaboration with DoIt Academic Technology and the College of Letters & Science Learning Support Services will provide a suite of services and spaces designed to facilitate and advance collaborative research in the humanities.

The space is intended to provide a hub for building a strong network of scholars, graduate students, and staff interested in digital research, workshops, consultations, and collaborations.

 

 

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With Thanksgiving coming up we have started to think about what we are grateful for. A few things came to mind right away after looking at some of our collections! From sleep to family; from our pets to our human friends, there is so very much to be thankful for. We are especially thankful for all of the folks that support the UW Digital Collections--our staff, our student workers as well as those that work us to digitize their collections and of course we are thankful for you, the people who use our resources. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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Happy Turkey Day

We are very excited for Thanksgiving and one of our favorite things is thinking about what will be on the menu! If you are looking for a few new ideas to spice up your menu and give this year's Thanksgiving a Badger twist, check out some recipes in our Badger Bites collection. We have recipes for delicious treats like sweet corn bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars and even a banana and sweet potato casserole! Badger Bites also has recipes for more savory dishes, such as baked green beans, french onion soup, cranberry relish, and turkey shish kabobs. Feel free to browse this great collection of recipes and maybe you will feel inspired to add a twist to this years Thanksgiving menu!
 

Thanks to a 2011 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and our friends in Ozaukee County, we have a great new collection to share!

altThe Ozaukee County Local History Collection provides a window into the history and development of Ozaukee County. Whether published over 100 years ago or more recently, the selected material is focused on the history of the area, often stems from personal and civic efforts to document and promote local communities, and offers a broad range of topics. Topics include personal reminiscences of growing up in Ozaukee County, reflections of local residents who served during wartime, histories of various local communities, and histories of public services and groups in those communities, including fire departments and a woman’s club. Some of the titles date as far back as 1835, with a significant amount covering the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century.

Be sure to check out this great new collection when you get the chance and explore the history of Ozaukee County!

 


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