Historic university photos added to UW Digital Collections

By University Communications
December 26, 2013
Students work in a textiles class lab in 1925.

Photo: Students work in a textiles class lab in 1925.

A set of 500 historic photos from University of Wisconsin-Stout has been added to a state digital database.

The photos were selected, researched and submitted by UW-Stout’s University Archives and were uploaded on the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center website.

UW-Stout’s photos range from early to late 20th century. They mostly show students in classes, such as bricklaying, fashion design, foundry and home economics.

“We decided to digitize photos that showed classroom work typical to Stout but atypical to the rest of the system,” said Heather Stecklein, UW-Stout archivist, noting UW-Stout’s special polytechnic mission within the UW System.

The UW-Stout collection can be found here.

Several retired faculty members, working with University Archives intern Melissa Schultz, a graduate student from UW-Eau Claire, helped identify people and processes in the photos. The ex-faculty were Glen Gehring, Harold Halfin, Marv Kufahl, Bob Spinti and Lee Smalley.

The UW-Stout photos eventually will be organized into subset galleries, such as by building or by class, for easier viewing.

UW-Stout received a grant to complete the project. As additional funds become available from the state, more photos will be added. “It will be an ongoing project,” Stecklein said.

University Archives, on the third floor in the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center, has more than 100,000 photos. The facility also houses the Area Research Center serving Barron, Dunn and Pepin counties.

University Archives and the Area Research Center can be reached at 715-232-2300 or via email.

UW Digital Collections

The UW Digital Collections Center site includes more than 60 collections representing tens of thousands of images, texts and sound recordings from around Wisconsin and the world. Collections from other UW System schools are included.

Most items in the collection, including UW-Stout’s, have copyright restrictions.

The goal of the center is to “create and provide free access to digital resources that support the teaching and research needs of the UW community, uniquely document the university and state of Wisconsin and possess broad research value,” according to the website.