Category Archives: American history

detail from the War Bride's Flag
November 13th, 2018

Among the strengths of the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers are titles about women’s roles in World War I. In this, the centenary year of the Armistice, we call […]

November 12th, 2018

One hundred years ago, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting in the war to end all wars came to an end. One section […]

July 12th, 2017

The UW-Madison Libraries recently acquired a true first edition of Thoreau’s Walden, Or Life in the Woods published in 1854 by the Boston firm Ticknor & Fields. Its physical aspect […]

Title page vignette of Thoreau's Walden, 1st ed., Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
July 12th, 2017

To celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, we offer a preview of a new acquisition, the first edition of Walden, or, Life in the woods (1854). The work, with the imprint “Boston: […]

June 30th, 2017

With Andrea Rolich of the Preservation Department, we were recently looking at the UW-Madison Libraries’ copies of the periodical Every Week, including the issue for July 2, 1917, now a […]