UWM Libraries Reopens Geographical Society Archives The American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) Libraries recently reopened the American Geographical Society of New York Archives after receiving a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to organize and process the collection. Highlights include log books, diaries, photographs, artifacts of early Polar expeditions, and correspondence with such individuals as Robert Peary, David Livingstone, and Charles Lindbergh. The materials date from the Society’s founding in 1851 and include approximately 350 cubic feet of material, with documents relating to well-known figures in American exploration and the larger field of geography from the mid–nineteenth century through most of the twentieth. The finding aid is available at http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-agsl-agsnyac0001. Wisconsin Historical Society Wins ALA Award The American Library Association’s (ALA) Reference and User Services division listed the Wisconsin Historical Society’s online Freedom Summer Collection among 2014’s eight Best Historical Materials. The digital collection contains historical documents on the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. Its 40,000 pages available online include diaries, letters, memos, photographs, audio recordings, interviews, newsletters, and other materials. The ALA list, in its eleventh year, recognizes the evaluation and effectiveness of historical resources in all fields of history. The Wisconsin Historical Society was the only American historical society to be honored; other winners included websites created in collaborative projects by the European Union and universities in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
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