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. 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 … Continue reading March on Milwaukee relaunched!

Milwaukee Polonia receives award

“Milwaukee Polonia: The Roman Kwasniewski Photographs” collection was awarded the Polish American Congress-Wisconsin Division’s Congressman Clement J. Zablocki “Civic Achievement Award” at an event on Nov. 8, 2015. The award is given to to individuals and organizations that are making a major difference within the Polish community both here in the Milwaukee area and throughout the state of Wisconsin. It is an honor to be … Continue reading Milwaukee Polonia receives award

UWM Post: Volume One online

The fall of 1956 was an exciting time in Milwaukee.  Not only was it the start of the fall semester, but there was a new school, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a new student newspaper, the UWM Post. This fall, the UWM Archives and Digital Collections are excited to announce something new as well—the first volume of the UWM Post is now digitized and fully searchable … Continue reading UWM Post: Volume One online

The full run of Kaleidoscope is online

By Hailey Strickon In 1967, Vietnam, the Beatles, and interracial marriages graced the covers of Time magazine. The Velvet Underground released their first album. So did Jimi Hendrix. Psychedelia bloomed. 1967 was also the year of the long hot summer when many cities, including Milwaukee, experienced rioting and civil unrest.​ This was the scene at the time of Kaleidoscope‘s premiere in October of that year. Milwaukee’s … Continue reading The full run of Kaleidoscope is online

Milwaukee Polonia Digital Collection is live!

Today we launch Milwaukee Polonia, a digital collection of nearly 32,000 historic photographs of our city’s historic Polish-American community. The launch is just in time for Milwaukee’s annual Polish Fest celebration, June 13-15, 2014. We’ve been blogging about our progress here since last year; and if you’ve been following along, you know that today represents a significant accomplishment. Today’s launch isn’t just photographs: our online … Continue reading Milwaukee Polonia Digital Collection is live!

Milwaukee Gay/Lesbian Cable Network Videos Available Online

by Emma Cobb The UWM Libraries recently published the video archives of the Milwaukee Gay/Lesbian Cable Network (MGLCN), an important media collection relating to local LGBT history. MGLCN was a volunteer group that produced regular and special programming on gay and lesbian issues for Milwaukee’s public access channel from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Its most significant programs were Tri-Cable Tonight and New Tri-Cable. … Continue reading Milwaukee Gay/Lesbian Cable Network Videos Available Online

The Cannons of Kosciuszko Park

By Dan Hauck The Roman Kwasniewski photograph collection includes many photographs of the Tadeusz Kosciuszko monument at Kosciuszko Park on Milwaukee’s south side. Most of the photographs were taken in the 1920s when the monument was located in its original location on the north side of the park. Those photographs all include two cannons flanking the mounted general. I frequently pass the park these days, … Continue reading The Cannons of Kosciuszko Park

100,000th Image Added to Digital Collections

The UWM Digital Collections added its 100,000th image this week! The honor goes to an image for the upcoming Milwaukee Polonia digital collection. It’s a 1928 photograph of a young girl (probably the daughter of Dorothy Gromowski, who ordered the photo) on the occasion of her First Communion or Confirmation. That collection continues to grow behind the scenes – look for a public unveiling in … Continue reading 100,000th Image Added to Digital Collections

Finding Gwen Moore in The March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project

The March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project (MOM) includes oral histories, film clips, audio files, manuscripts and images documenting the efforts of activists battling segregation and discrimination in Milwaukee during the 1960s. During a recent presentation of a news clip on the 1968 textbook controversy, a viewer suggested to Lucas Wolff, a member of the initial MOM staff team, that the woman speaking in … Continue reading Finding Gwen Moore in The March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project

Five on Frank: Selecting WTMJ-TV newsfilm

by Ellen Engseth, Archivist Recently I selected five news film segments about Frank Zeidler, Mayor of Milwaukee between 1948 and 1960, for inclusion in a digital collection. My purpose was to provide complementary material for our in-house library exhibit, “Advancing Human Progress: Mayor Frank P. Zeidler’s Vision for Milwaukee,” brought to us courtesy of UWM History Professor, Aims McGuiness. After I made a few selections … Continue reading Five on Frank: Selecting WTMJ-TV newsfilm