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Recollection Wisconsin

Many of you already know about Recollection Wisconsin or may have heard it mentioned at our 2016 Tech Day, where Emily Pfotenhauer shared information about digitization projects. I spent a little bit of time recently becoming more familiar with Recollection Wisconsin, and here's an overview of what I learned:

What is Recollection Wisconsin?

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"Greetings from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin" by McMillan Memorial Library is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0.

Recollection Wisconsin is a space to discover digital historical and cultural resources from libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across Wisconsin. It brings together descriptive information (metadata) about digital resources and links back to full digital records from its Content Partners. (About Recollection Wisconsin)

What can I find there?

The Recollection Wisconsin search engine will point you to photographs, diaries, letters, maps, books, magazines, newspapers, postcards, oral histories, music, film clips, and museum artifacts with connections to Wisconsin's past.

What are my searching options?

Recollection Wisconsin has both basic and guided search options, as well as options to browse collection by category or explore collections on a map, and to view online exhibits. The online exhibits are my favorite so far. Who doesn't love a curated collection of items focused on a single topic like "Ice cream parlors," "The Good Stuff: Wisconsin's sausage heritage," and "Pictures of Main Street," to name just a few. (More about searching, including a video tutorial). While browsing collections by category, the "Ach Ya!: The Story of German Music in Wisconsin" collection also jumped out at me and reminded me of my grandma sitting at her kitchen table and responding with an "Ach Ya!" on many occasions.

More information

There's a lot more information on the Recollection Wisconsin site about searching, using the site in the classroom, Recollection Wisconsin projects, and how institutions can participate, as well as a newsletter to keep up with Recollection Wisconsin activities and newly-added collections! You'll also find information about how Recollection Wisconsin is now a service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) so local digital collections can be discovered as part of this national program. 

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