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Governor's Archives Awards for 2004

Pictured are Davis Helberg,
Peter Gottlieb, State Archivist, WHS,
Laura Jacobs, Felix Unaeze,
Dennis Medjo, and Thom Holden.

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board proudly announces the winners of the 2004 Governor's Archives Awards for outstanding work in preserving and providing access to original documents about Wisconsin's past. This year, the Board gives awards in three categories: archival achievement, archival advocacy and archival innovation.

UW Superior Library Wins Award for Archival Achievement

The Jim Dan Hill Library at the University of Wisconsin-Superior wins the archival achievement award that recognizes a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons or constituents. In the past three years, Hill Library took over care of the Lake Superior Maritime Collections from the Maritime Visitor's Center in Duluth, Minn., protecting them and making them easier for the public to use. Those interested in Lake Superior history can now enjoy the Jim Dan Hill Library's online maritime collections.

DuPae and Erickson Win Award for Archival Advocacy

Ralph DuPae

Ralph DuPae and Tim Ericson are co-winners in the archival advocacy award category. The award honors organizational leadership, public advocacy and financial or volunteer support for Wisconsin archives. DuPae's volunteer work to collect historical steamboat photographs earned him the award. Over the past 30 years, he has traveled widely and talked to many dealers and private owners in search of the best historical images.

Borrowing many of these, DuPae has taken them to Murphy Library at UW-La Crosse for duplication and inclusion in the library's large steamboat photograph collection. DuPae's work has made the collection “a national resource,” according to the nomination papers, and “has brought recognition to . . . the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the La Crosse community.”

Tim Ericson
Tim Ericson, professor of archival studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, shares the archival advocacy award for 2004. Currently president of the Society of American Archivists, Ericson has a distinguished record of research, teaching, and publication in the archives field. Before taking a full-time teaching assignment, Ericson worked for many years as an archivist at UW-River Falls, the Wisconsin Historical Society and at UW-Milwaukee, where he established a reputation for creative advocacy for archival programs. Ericson also served on the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board for 15 years and played a significant role in developing the board's mentoring service for Wisconsin archives.

Roger Noll Wins Award for Archival Innovation

Roger Noll
Roger Noll of Beaver Dam is the winner in the archives innovation category that spotlights efforts to promote the value and usefulness of archives in new ways. Noll uses many historical photographs of Beaver Dam in a book and accompanying video on the history of the town. The video has attracted large audiences at the Dodge County Historical Museum and has been frequently requested by community organizations and especially in schools. The video's popularity led Noll to publish a book version that teachers and students could also use. In his introduction to “Images of America: Beaver Dam, 1841-1941,” Noll explains, “The generations of my grandparents and parents have left a noble legacy for us to inherit. But with that legacy, my generation and those that follow must recognize our responsibility to preserve what has been so richly attained and to assure that in the process of passing it to the youth of today we hand over a better place.”

The board this year gives a special award of commendation to the Century Book Committee of Beloit, for its photographic history of that city, “Century of a City.” Locally published by the volunteer members of the committee, “Century of a City” uses black-and-white photographs taken of Beloit throughout the 1900s to picture the city's development over 100 years.

Sales of the book have helped the Beloit Historical Society largely offset a budget reduction from the city. The book has also helped remind Beloit residents during difficult economic times of the city's many achievements and its historical importance to Wisconsin.

With 10 members appointed by the governor, the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board works in association with the Wisconsin Historical Society. It enables Wisconsin institutions to compete for federal grant funding to improve the care of historical records. The board also promotes the value of historical records as keys to our cultural heritage and works through partnerships with statewide organizations whose purpose and goals support that end.


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