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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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  • Somebody loved this puppy, including a man and two magestic horses. This image from a glass plate negative is from the Taylor Brothers Collection. The photographic images in this collection were taken by the Taylor Brothers photographic studio of Adams County, Wisconsin, circa 1910-1930. #librariesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogdaysoflibraries #digitalcollections
  • How about the Edelweiss Stars of New Glarus, Wisconsin to brighten your hump day?!! From the description on the verso of this postcard: "A group of Swiss entertainers specializing in authentic Swiss Yodeling, American folk songs, dancing, flag throwing and Accordion music." From the State of Wisconsin Collections & Visual Materials from Mills Music Library or @millsmusiclibrary. #librariesofinstagram #digitalcollections #swissamericanmusic #accordions
  • Does this owl monkey count as a #mondaymotivationowl ? We hope so. Have a great week! #digitalcollections #librariesofinstagram From the Primate Collection.
  • Jumping into the #pridemonth challenge with this panorama: Artist book
  • Portrait of Gerald Hawpetoss by Lewis Koch. Gerald is holding eagle feather headgear and is part of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. This image is part of the The Woodland Indian Traditional Artist Project, which grew from an increased need to educate the public about the Upper Midwest region’s indigenous peoples. Gerald was an NEA National Heritage Fellow in 1992 and became a master of beadwork, featherwork, and the making of traditional Menominee dance regalia. #librariesofinstagram #regalia #menomineeartists #digitalcollections