University of Wisconsin–Madison

Instructor Amy Sloper and Students Awarded Baldwin WI Idea Grant

In partnership with the Bayfield Carnegie Library and the Barnes Are Historical Association, SLIS instructor Amy Sloper and SLIS students Catherine Hannula and Jennifer Barth have been awarded a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grant to bring personal archiving days to northern Wisconsin. Named the ‘North Woods Tour,’ the group will host three separate events to educate and empower local communities to preserve their personal archives and history in Bayfield, Barnes, and Eau Claire. Personal history is widely regarded by social historians, archivists, and scholars as a vital component of the cultural record and these events will help individuals to digitize or otherwise perverse photographs, letters, diaries, cassette tapes, super 8 film, and more. Through teaching preservation techniques and empowering people to save their personal histories, the project intends to more fully capture the history of Wisconsin and its diverse population.

Jake Riehl and Molly McBride, both 2nd year SLIS archives students, inspect film at the Home Movie Day event at the Brookfield Public Library. They're preparing 8mm and super8 film that patrons brought to the library to be projected. Many of the patrons had not been able to view their films for 20+ years!
Jake Riehl and Molly McBride, both 2nd year SLIS archives students, inspect film at the Home Movie Day event at the Brookfield Public Library. They’re preparing 8mm and super8 film that patrons brought to the library to be projected. Many of the patrons had not been able to view their films for 20+ years!