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2005: Curious Collections

The Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Library-Archives staff have selected some items to highlight from collections acquired in 2005.

From the Wisconsin Historical Museum

image of Favre jersey
  • Green Bay Packers Football Jersey Worn by Brett Favre During a Game Against the Chicago Bears on January 2, 2005
    (Museum object #2005.83.1)
    Donated by the Green Bay Packers
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  • Bonded Carbon/Aluminum Racing Bicycle, Made by Trek Bicycle Corporation, Waterloo, Wisconsin, 1988
    (Museum object # 2005.135.1)
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  • Deer Hide Jacket of Ruel Garnich Baldwin, c. 1915
    (Museum object #2005.147.1)
    Donated by Margaret Pieplow
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  • Winning Entry for the First Alice in Dairyland Dress Design, 1948
    (Museum object #2005.157.1)
    Donated by Celia Demo
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  • Evergleam Christmas Tree, Made by Aluminum Specialty Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, c. 1964
    (Museum object #2005.174.1)
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From the Library and Archives

Images of Taliesin
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Album
    This bound album, dating from 1911-1912, contains early and rare photographs of the buildings at architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, his Spring Green home and studio. The album includes photographs of the landscape around Taliesin; the exterior of the building including construction photographs and the courtyard; interior views of the living room, dining room, workroom and a dormitory space; and a group of men, possibly workmen, in front of a fireplace. All the images from the Taliesin album can be viewed on Wisconsin Historical Images.
  • Philleo Nash Papers
    The papers of this Wisconsin Rapids native detail his life and career as lieutenant governor of Wisconsin in the 1950s and his service in important federal positions from the 1940s to the 1960s. His career included work during World War II analyzing racial unrest for the Office of War Information. Working as a special assistantfor President Truman, Nash was instrumental in creating the policy to desegrate the Armed Forces. Under President Kennedy he served as commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. During the 1950s Nash fought off Senator Joseph McCarthy's accusations of supposed Communist leanings, and he was instrumental in reviving and revitalizing the Wisconsin Democratic Party organization.
  • James Potter Photograph Collection
    James A. Potter, an architect and native Madisonian, combined his architectural background and his skills as a photographer into a photo feature for the Wisconsin State Journal titled "Have you seen this Madison?" This popular feature ran from 1969 to 1977. The photographs captured the unusual and the ordinary, concentrating on architectural details, often unnoticed by the casual observer. The archives accepted the collection, and work is underway to scan and catalog more than 200 views. Many of them are already online at Wisconsin Historical Images.
  • Department of Justice. Lac Courte Oreilles Treaty Rights Case Records.
    These records created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice begin with various hunting violation cases of the late 1970s and span the many phases of the treaty rights trial held before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, which resulted in the 1991 final agreement. The records consist of correspondence, legal briefs, witness testimony transcripts, and historical research created and used by offices of the various assistant attorneys general assigned to the case. The final agreement settled questions regarding the rights of tribes to use natural resources including deer, fish and timber.
  • Digital Back Files of the Chicago Tribune, 1849-1985.
    This digital resource was acquired in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library System. As an electronic access tool, it offers full-text searching and retrieval for every single issue of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. It is available to all patrons from any computer located in the Society's library or anywhere else on the UW-Madison campus.
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