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By Jennifer Jiang In Wisconsin’s Historical Natural Resources Collection, there are three women we would like to recognize for their achievements. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are sharing […]

A postcard of a partially submerged Statue of Liberty on frozen Lake Mendota as part of a prank by the Pail and Shovel party. The back reads, "Ms. Liberty at high tide."

by Jennifer Jiang Forty years ago, in February of 1979, the Statue of Liberty showed up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Pail and Shovel Party of the Wisconsin Student Association […]

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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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  • “Life is easy,” taken in the 1980s. #SpringBreakMode
(Image: Looking towards Northview Hall bridge with students relaxing in the spring sun. from the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Collection. ID: UW.wak0248.bib) #DigitalCollections
  • "St. Patrick was an engineer, he was, he was." UW-Madison engineering students had their unique #StPatricksDay 🍀celebration— Beard growing contest. •
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These images show the 1954 press release and accompanying photograph. As the press release states, "the beards contest covers seven fields: most Lincolnesque, longest, best all-around, best color, puniest, heaviest, and curliest." Swipe to view more. #digitalcollections #iglibraries #digitalarchive
  • #ThrowbackThursday is back with another fine print from the Chipstone Prints Collections— “Blowing up of the fire ship intrepid,” made in 1815. In plate, below image, spaced out along bottom of image under corresponding parts of scene. #DigitalCollections
  • Midterms might be overwhelming, but spring break is less than five days away. #MondayMotivation •
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(Image: Student studies for an upcoming exam in the Science Building lecture room, at University of Wisconsin Richland. ca. 1968) #DigitalCollections 
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  • #FlashbackFriday: “Years cannot change, cares cannot dull.” Historic poster promoting literacy and recreational reading. Illustrated by Willard Frederic Elmes. ca. 1930 - ca. 1939 #DigitalCollections