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James Watrous was known for his art, his dedication as a professor, and a champion of art stewardship on campus. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first art museum on the UW-Madison campus, the Elvehjem Museum of Art.

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.

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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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  • To celebrate #WorldMonkeyDay today, we’re featuring a primate group print from The Nash Collection of Primates in Art and Illustration. ⠀
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This piece was created by French botanist Charles d’Obriny in 1849, featuring an orangutan (1), diana monkey (2), mantled guereza (3), guenon (4), marmoset (5), and green monkey (6).
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Cover of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. Originally published in 1926. #DigitalCollections ⠀
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View more at our iSchool Collection through link in bio.⠀
  • Sledding on @uwmadison campus in the 1920s. Happy last day of class, Badgers! #OnWisconsin #LibraryWonderland
  • Our first #LibraryWonderland post in December features Ehon Edo miyage [Volume 2], a Japanese illustrated book from the late Edo Period. @iglibraries •⠀
For more, visit The Arts Collections through link in bio. #DigitalCollection⠀
  • Hitting the books, 1990s style. #LibrariesofInstagram ⠀
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Image taken in the Jill Dan Hill Library, on @uw_superior campus. For more, visit History of UW-Superior Collection through link in bio. ID: UW.super0045.bib⠀