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UWDC is migrating the backend of its collections into Fedora, an open-source repository software. This migration will be happening during 2018 and details of the process are outlined here.

Earlier this year, UWDCC acquired a new contraption that has since made our jobs of digitally capturing and formatting materials immensely easier.

Featured Collection

Alias Jimmy Valentine, memory sequence

Alias Jimmy Valentine, memory sequence. Directed by Maurice Tourneur, 1915.

Theatre to Cinema

The centerpiece of this collection is a reprint of Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film, by Ben Brewster and Lea Jacobs first published by Oxford University Press in 1997. While previous accounts of the relationship between cinema and theatre have tended to assume that early filmmakers had to break away from the stage in order to establish a specific aesthetic for the new medium, Theatre to Cinema argues that the cinema turned to the pictorial, spectacular tradition of the theatre in the 1910s to establish a model for feature filmmaking.

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  • An alternative way to fish in the 1950s. It’s all about catch and release… for people and trout. #FridayFunDay ⠀
#DigitalCollections #LibrariesofInstagram (from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Collection. ID:⠀
  • Advertising style in the 1920s. The Bain Wagon company pulled out all the stops to promote their wagons, and we are sold! 
#WaybackWednesday #DigitalCollections (View more fun advertisements at our Kenosha County History Collection. ID: WI.ken0845.bib)
  • A topographic map of Madison made in 1959. Our city is positioned between two lakes, with a fifteen-minute walking distance from one to another. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how special it is to live on the isthmus on this #MapMonday (View more at our Historic USGS Topographic Maps of Wisconsin. ID: EcoNatRes.usgs2287.bib) #LibrariesofInstagram
  • #FridayFlowers from the 1730s. We love how colors are beautifully arranged in this artwork designed by Flemish painter Pieter Casteels. The names of all 34 kinds of plants were written at the bottom, with number references subtly labelled next to each kind in the image. View more flowery prints designed by Pieter Casteels at the Chipstone Foundation Collection @chipstone_org in the Digital Library for Decorative Arts. ID: DLDecArts.1959.10.08.bib.
  • Remembering those hot summer days, on the Terrace, in the 80s. Where are you sunshine?!?
#TerraceTuesday #DigitalCollections #summer (from The UW Archives Images Collection @uwmadarchives ID: UW.uwar04637.bib)