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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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  • How is everyone feeling on this snowy Friday? Stay warm, Badgers!⠀
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Image taken in the 1980s, from The UW-Colleges Historic Photos Collection. ID: UW.fox0083.bib⠀
  • #WaybackWednesday: 78 draftees given sendoff at depot in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. ⠀
Families and friends, members of the Manitowoc American Legion Band, and many automobiles can be seen in this image. The draft had been instituted in 1940, prior to the United States
  • The cold didn’t stop @uw_superior ​students from writing outside in the 80s! National Novel Writing Month has arrived (before the snow, woo-hoo!)— celebrate creative writing this November with your words and thoughts.•
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For more details, visit The History of UW-Superior Collection through link in bio.
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  • #BehindTheScenes at UWDC: Digitizing the tiny pamphlets from our Alchemy and Occult Sciences collections, part of the Duveen Collection at @uwmadspec. Here’s a little mantra you can repeat while swiping through the images: “Capture. Crop. Preservation Copy. Access Copy.” We use Phase One digital backs for the majority of our capture and the software we use is Capture One. #digitalcollections #reformatting #librariesofinstagram
  • #ThrowbackThursday: A clear distant view of Jade Fountain Hill Pagoda (玉泉山塔) taken from the stone steps leading to the higher building of World of Abundant Fragrance (眾香界), Summer Palace (頤和園), possibly in an autumn day, during the 1930s. Tops of buildings and part of the lake of the Summer Palace can be seen.⠀
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For more historic images, visit The East Asian Collection through link in bio!⠀