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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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  • We’re continuing the #BlackHistoryMonth celebration by featuring the African American student newspaper, The Black Voice. The paper was published by the Afro-American Center at UW-Madison from 1971 to 1973. Topics covered by this publication include discussion on social issues, “Weather Forecasts” analyzing the campus climate for African Americans, and events pertaining directly to the African American community such as guest speakers like Angela Davis. The image above is the cover of the Volume 2, Number 8 edition which gives an overview of what kind of content the paper covered through the multiple headlines. #BlackHistory #LibrariesofInstagram #FightOpression #uwmadison (ID:UW.BlackVoiceV2N8.i0001)
  • Although we’re sure #LoveYourPetDay is an everyday thing, we’re showing a little extra love for all our favorite companions on this special holiday. Here, Estella Leopold, the daughter of conservationist Aldo Leopold, is out for a stroll with her pet squirrel. #Pets #petstagram #squirrelsofig #aldoleopold (ID:AldoLeopold.leo0449.bib)
  • In honor of #PresidentsDay2018, we’re featuring this aquatint of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. The image was painted by Alexander Robertson and engraved by Francis Jukes in 1800. The inscription states, “The Seat of the Late Lieut. General George Washington Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States.” #GeorgeWashington #MountVernon #WashingtonBirthday (ID:DLDecArts.1967.20.bib)
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  • Slide featuring several boats are in the harbor of the Japanese village, Nihonbashi, purchased by the Brittinghams. The Brittingham Slide Collection consists of the personal and travel photographs of the Brittinghams, a Wisconsin family, from 1897-1922. These images capture the private lives of a wealthy family at the turn of the century, documenting their travels to 22 states and 32 countries. #WorldTravel #JapaneseHistory #Wisconsin #Slides (ID:WI.bls1591.bib)