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On Wisconsin, On Film: Historic Films from the University Archives

“Student actors and director set up a scene for a UW campus movie, 1927/1928.” Source: University Archives

As part of their “Treasures of the UW-Libraries” series, the Friends of the Libraries will present an evening of campus film clips on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Memorial Library, Room 460. “On Wisconsin, On Film” will delight you with a selection of historic films providing glimpses of campus life from the 1930s to 1970s. These film clips are part of the University Archives, housed in Steenbock Library.  University Archivist David Null and Images and Media Archivist Vicki Tobias will provide background and moderate discussion.

The University Archives maintains a small but important (and growing!) collection of historic films. More than 3,500 films of varying formats offer a unique glimpse of campus life and the people who have called UW their home, school, workplace, and community. They reveal how people worked, studied, and played and also show how the fabric of daily life was formed or transformed by our ever-evolving campus environment.

One of the oldest films in the University Archives collection, On to Wisconsin (1929), will be shown. It documents a year in the life of a young man on campus. Other notable films to be screened are The Living Room of the University (1953), which showcases UW Memorial Union and its activities, services, and resources for students and silent film footage shot during the Dow riots in October 1967.

At a glance:

  • What: Screening of Historic Films from the University Archives.
  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 5:30-7:00 PM.
  • Where: Memorial Library, Room 460 (Commons).
  • Cost: FREE.  Popcorn and soda will be provided!
  • Parking: The nearest public parking for Memorial Library is at the State Street ramp on North Lake Street.

“On Wisconsin, On Film” is sponsored by the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries and the University Archives.  For more information about this event, visit the Treasures of the UW-Madison Libraries page or call 608-265-2505.

 

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