Monday, July 17, 2017

Announcing The New Photography Studio!

After months of hard work, collecting resources, and trial and error we are happy to finally announce that our new photography studio is in full swing! Taking advantage of space near our offices, which offered a little more room and controllable light, we slowly began to piece together a studio equipped for our growing digitization needs.



 Camera set-up for oversize newspaper digitization
A student employee labeling slides before digitization
With a range of different set-ups and accessories including macro lenses, softbox lights, anti-reflective glass, and a rail mount we are now able to digitize just about anything! In the past few months, during which we have been working to streamline our photography process, we have already digitized an oversized newspaper collection, a set of almost 200 artist books, and over 6,000 slides from AGSL's Harrison Forman and Eugene Harris Collections. Utilizing our 50 megapixel camera, a camera-to-computer tethering system, and real time live view controls we are now able to digitize collections with better quality and speed than ever before. The number of possibilities this studio can offer have just begun to be explored.

Digitizing a slide using a light box and our rail mount system

Backdrop set-up for digitizing artist book

Monday, July 10, 2017

New images added to Polar Exploration Collection

We have recently added almost 200 new images to the American Geographical Society Library's Polar Exploration collection. These images include photographs from eighteen different expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic and range in date from 1869 to 1948. Check out images from the Ernest Shackleton Trans-Antarctica Expedition, 1914-1917, including images of the ship, Endurance, surrounded by the ice that would eventually crush it; images from the SS Panther Expedition of 1869 in the Arctic, over 50 images from explorer Louise Boyd's expeditions to Greenland and Norway in the 1930's, and lots more!
Shackleton Expedition, 1914-1917
SS Panther Expedition, 1869

Louise Boyd Norway Expedition, 1931

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month with UWM Libraries Digital Collections!

A growing number of LGBT collections from the UWM Archives are available online and help tell the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Check out oral history collections that provide insights into the experience and contributions of members of the local LGBT community (the Milwaukee LGBT Oral History Project and the Milwaukee Transgender Oral History Project) and an oral history and photography collection that documents a history of gay marriage in the state, Shall Not Be Recognized.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin, undated


The ACT-UP Milwaukee collection, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Records, and the ARCW and AIDS in Wisconsin digital exhibit focus on the history of HIV-AIDS in the region. And the Milwaukee Gay/Lesbian Cable Network Programs provide a window into prominent topics and personalities during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Wisconsin Arts Project Digital Collection

Recently published in 2016, The Wisconsin Arts Project Digital Collection focuses on Wisconsin arts organizations that were part of the Works Project Administration from 1935-1943. The digital collection provides access to primary sources related to both the artists and administrators of the WPA arts projects in Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Handicraft Project (MHP). The collection includes over 500 items ranging from original artworks, historical photographs, text documents, and audio recordings. Published along side the collection is an interactive timeline of various WPA organizations as well as a guide to the print methods used by the MHP artists.

Children and Instructors in Classroom
Elsa Ulbricht at Loom
Spanning the years of the Great Depression, several arts organizations were created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Agencies to employ artists in public sector positions. These organizations included The Treasury Relief Project, The Federal Art Project, The Section of Painting and Sculpture, and The Milwaukee Handicrafts Project. The artists were put to work creating public exhibitions and restoring government buildings and schools with artistic decorations.  In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Handicrafts Project, led by Elsa Ulbricht, engaged unskilled woman in the creation of printed books, textiles, draperies, and toys. See gallery below for examples.


This project was made possible by the generous support of The Chipstone Foundation and the UWM Libraries.

Friday, February 5, 2016

March on Milwaukee Relaunched!

The award-winning March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project was relaunched this week. The updated digital collection, which provides online access to primary sources telling the story of the Milwaukee civil rights movement, has been entirely redesigned.

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NAACP Youth Council Commandos
New content includes over 500 pages from the papers of Vel Phillips, the first woman and first African-American to serve on the Common Council, recently donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Papers shed light on Phillips’ political career, her role in the open housing campaigns, and Common Council debates. The digital collection also includes nearly two hours of WTMJ-TV news footage; twenty-eight hours of oral history interviews; and over 2,000 documents and photographs.

As context for the primary sources, the digital collection includes a full-length essay by Margaret Rozga, a participant in the 1960s civil rights movement and professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha; a list of over 60 key terms providing detailed information about significant people, places, and events; an illustrated timeline; and an interactive map showing important sites and march routes.

The digital collection supports historical understanding of civil rights movements in the North and beyond the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March and passage of the Voting Rights Bill. In the late 1960s, Milwaukee was known as the “Selma of the North” due to its hyper-segregation by race and violent attacks by counterdemonstrators against individuals fighting for social justice in employment, housing, and education.

The March on Milwaukee digital collection is a collaborative effort of the UWM Archives, the UWM Digital Collections & Initiatives, and the Wisconsin Historical Society, which owns many of the physical collections related to the civil rights movement.