Governor's Archives Awards for 2009
The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Historical Society have announced the winners of the Governor's Archives Awards for 2009. These annual awards recognize outstanding work in historical records preservation, advocacy and access in Wisconsin. In addition, the 2009 winners each receive a $500.00 gift certificate from DEMCO, Inc.
The Milwaukee Public Library with the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society Win Award for Archival Achievement
The 2009 Award for Archival Achievement goes to the Milwaukee Public Library and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society for making Great Lakes shipping records much more accessible through indexing and digitization. The Achievement Award recognizes a historical records repository that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession.
State Archivist Peter Gottlieb of the Wisconsin Historical Society presents the award for Archival Achievement to Virginia Schwartz and Paula Kiely of the Milwaukee Public Library, and Nancy Carpenter of the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society on October 11, 2009.
Photo by Donald M. Murphy.
The Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society include an extensive collection of archival materials on the maritime history of the Great Lakes, including information on Great Lakes vessels, shipping companies, shipyards, ports and lighthouses. With funding support from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, the Milwaukee Public Library and Marine Historical Society increased access to the collection by creating an online database. The funding also supported preservation for existing collection items and allowed for expansion of the collection.
The grants allowed a partnership with the Port of Milwaukee to digitize and created a detailed index for more than 1,000 historic photographs and data, including numerous photos of Milwaukee's port and rivers in the Milwaukee Waterways database.
International Harvester Collectors, Wisconsin Chapter 4, Inc., Wins Award for Archival Advocacy
International Harvester Collectors, Wisconsin Chapter 4, Inc., is the winner of the 2009 Award for Archival Advocacy. This award honors support for historical records work through organizational leadership, public advocacy and financial or volunteer contributions.
International Harvester Collectors is a volunteer membership organization devoted to celebrating and promoting the history of the International Harvester Company. Since 2001, the International Harvester Collectors organization has supported the McCormick-International Harvester Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society. This large collection contains documents, publications, photographs, and films related to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the International Harvester Company. The Wisconsin chapter supports and promotes the collection by writing articles, booking speakers at meetings and sponsoring fundraising events.
The Wisconsin chapter has also substantially supported the McCormick Collection with financial contributions. Their help raised nearly $150,000 to pay for the labor and equipment necessary to digitize documents in the Wisconsin Historical Society's online McCormick Collection.
The Clark County Historical Internet Library Wins Award for Archival Innovation
The Historical Internet Library in Clark County, Wisconsin, is this year's winner of the Award for Archival Innovation. This award is for new ways of working with historical records and bringing those records to new audiences. The Internet Library has digitized an impressive array of Clark County historical records and put them on the Web.
Volunteers with the Clark County Historical Internet Library are presented with the Governor's Award for Archival Innovation. Pictured left to right: Stan Schwarze (webmaster), Lois Hagedorn (Clark County Register of Deeds), Janet Schwarze (webmaster).
The Internet Library is run by a group of volunteers under the umbrella of the Wisconsin Valley Library Service and the Dr. William A. Olson Foundation. These volunteers have gathered historical information pertinent to Clark County and made it available in a new electronic library. The website's homepage contains an electronic "bookshelf" that connects users to cemetery listings, scanned plat maps, school histories and records, and Clark County veterans' records, among other materials.
The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board
The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board jointly sponsor the Governor's Archives Awards annually. The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board consists of 10 members appointed by the governor. It assists Wisconsin institutions in applying for federal grants for archival work and in improving the appreciation and care of historical records in Wisconsin.