Following clues from Vietnam to Freeport, IL to Madison, WI – Harrison Forman Collection

By Susan Dykes, AGSL NEH project The beauty of the Harrison Forman Collection is evident in his images taken from all over the world. What isn’t evident sometimes is the time, place or context of the images, which makes it difficult to describe them so users can find them online. Occasionally, our metadata creators refer to Forman’s notes, which may be incredibly detailed or sadly, … Continue reading Following clues from Vietnam to Freeport, IL to Madison, WI – Harrison Forman Collection

Scanning large formats : 1861 Map of Korea

by Angie Cope, AGSL The UW Milwaukee Digital Collections hosts the American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection featuring nearly 2,000 maps. Everything from everyday local maps to historic treasures are included. One map, the Daedong yeojido or “Territorial Map of the Great East,” was added in 2009. The map was part of a larger purchase by the American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York … Continue reading Scanning large formats : 1861 Map of Korea

Remembering Nelson Mandela

In honor of the passing of Nelson Mandela, we would like to share images from our collection documenting the apartheid era in South Africa, including this image, depicting a protest against apartheid in Cape Town in 1961, the year before Mandela was imprisoned for his anti-apartheid activism. Cape Town, protest sign against apartheid at cathedral, Harrison Forman, 1961 Images from the Cities Around the World … Continue reading Remembering Nelson Mandela

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

Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: Stanislaw Kielar’s Advertising Structures

Michael Doylen The Kwasniewski photographs include some great images of the South Side of Milwaukee when that area was primarily Polish-American. The collection includes photos of churches, businesses, local organizations, sports teams, street scenes, green spaces, and . . . a few curiosities, as well. Consider these photographs taken by Kwasniewski to document Stanislaw Kielar’s advertising display invention. Stanislaw Kielar demonstrating his invention (kw001105) In … Continue reading Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: Stanislaw Kielar’s Advertising Structures

Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: The Modjeska Theater

by Alex Welborn Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries hosted the event “Hollywood in the Heartland” in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR).  This celebration of the history of film and theater featured numerous one-of-a-kind film and theater artifacts and archival materials from the WCFTR.  The UWM Archives contributed to the event by displaying historic … Continue reading Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: The Modjeska Theater

Play Ball!

by Anne Gaynor Thousands of fans will flock to Miller Park today for the Milwaukee Brewers opening day game. One hundred years ago, Milwaukee fans flooded smaller ballparks and sandlots to see lesser-known teams for the same occasion. Of these teams, the Kosciuszko Reds were a south side Milwaukee favorite. In its decade of existence from 1909 to 1919, the Reds won several local circuit … Continue reading Play Ball!

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

Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: Theaters and War Bonds

Digitization of the Roman Kwasniewski glass negatives continues at an astonishing pace (1,150 last week alone!). In the midst of all of this digitization, image processing, and metadata mapping, it’s important to stop and admire the images themselves, and take stock of why we’re working so feverishly to make this collection accessible. As we work toward that goal, we’ll highlight some of the most interesting, … Continue reading Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: Theaters and War Bonds