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The Wisconsin Thematic Panels by Paul Vanderbilt

Photographs and Poetic Texts

The Wisconsin Thematic Panels by Paul Vanderbilt | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Paul Vanderbilt and Thematic Panel, 1984

Paul Vanderbilt, the curator emeritus of Iconographic collections at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, poses in front of one of his Thematic Panels that is positioned on a table. View the original source document: WHI 112035

This Wisconsin Thematic Panels gallery is a collection of nearly 100 panels containing almost 800 images gathered from collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Included on each panel is at least one of Vanderbilt’s own landscape photographs and a short poem by him that attempts to guide the viewer to a personal understanding of the panel as a whole.

Listen to Paul Vanderbilt describe the project

Paul Vanderbilt reads an essay describing the Wisconsin Thematic Panels Project that he wrote and presented at an Advanced Studies Workshop, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, 1967.

Explore the online collection of 96 thematic panels containing almost 800 images gathered from collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Read a historical essay on Paul Vanderbilt, one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

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