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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.

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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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  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the 2000 cover of La Onda, newsletter for MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Newly added to UWDC, issues of La Onda from 1984 to 2005 are now available online! The word ‘onda’ can be directly translated into ‘wave’ or ‘ripple’ in English— reflecting the newsletter’s missions on spreading the Chicano political messages and voicing directions on campus. @mecha.uwmadison @uwmulticultural
  • Looking for some motivation on this #WednesdayHumpday, just like these researchers who are keenly searching for lemurs in the Ranomafana National Park. ⠀
Image taken by American primatologist Patricia Wright, from The Primate Collection. ⠀
In 1986 Wright traveled to Madagascar in hopes that the greater bamboo lemur, an endangered species, might have not yet gone extinct. By the end of her trip, Wright had found the still existing greater bamboo lemur and even discovered a new species that was named the golden bamboo lemur.
  • Celebrating #MarbleMonday 
with the cover of The Clandestine Muse (the G. Harry Pouder memorial lecture delivered at Johns Hopkins University on May 20th, 1986), created by fine artist and typographer Claire Van Vilet. While most libraries’ #MableBookCovers are dated back to the 18th and 19th century, this one from the 80s shows how modern mabled papers are just as intriguing. (Image from The Artists’ Books Collection, ID: ArtistsBks.ab0242.bib)
  • #WorldCardMakingDay calls us to make our own cards like J Mohns does! This work is titled ‘Cartesian dreams’, created in 1994, as a response to French mathematician René Descartes
  • #WaybackWednesday: In 1956, American muralist and educator James Watrous