AGSL Acquires Rare "Man of Commerce" Map
The American Geographical Society Library has acquired an extremely rare and unusual map, "The Man of Commerce," published in 1889 in Superior, Wisconsin. The highly detailed 31" x 50" map/chart conflates human anatomy with the American transportation system, in an apparent attempt to promote Superior as a transportation hub.
Its metaphor makes West Superior "the center of cardiac or heart circulation"; the railways become major arteries; and New York is "the umbilicus through which this man of commerce was developed."
The explanatory notes conclude: "It is an interesting fact that in no other portion of the known world can any such analogy be found between the natural and artificial channels of commerce and circulatory and digestive apparatus of man."
Only one other copy of this map is known to exist. The map's cartographer was A.F. McKay; the publisher (probably) Land & River Improvement Co.; and the printer Rand, McNally and Co.
The map will be on display in AGSL through April 17.
"The Man of Commerce," A. F. McKay, 1889
Libraries Collaborate with Access to Success
The UWM Libraries partner with many of the campus offices and departments that support student retention, reaching out with library instruction sessions and workshops to students in classes like Educational Psychology 100 and English 102.
With Ed Psych 100, the Libraries RIS (Research and Instructional Support) Dept. works with up to 450 students a semester, offering sessions that teach how to locate needed academic resources and develop critical thinking skills for lifelong learning.
The Libraries instruct more than 1200 English 102 students each semester, helping them explore scholarly sources through the analysis of a research question, which culminates in a term paper or annotated bibliography.
Over half of freshmen seminars request either building tours or library instruction sessions from the RIS department.
RIS also works with Academic Opportunity Center sections of the very successful bridge program for one or two library instruction sessions during the summer semester.
Other programs into which the Libraries have integrated information literacy include the First Year Center, Undergraduate Research Opportunity, and Living Learning Communities.
New Databases: Auto Engineering, Advice Lit, Lit Crit and More
Databases recently acquired by the Libraries and available through the Libraries web site include:
--Literature Criticism Online, offering a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.
--Eighteenth Century Collections Online, a comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm.
--Society of Automotive Engineers Digital Library, 1906-present, with over 135,000 bibliographic citations for all SAE publications and full-text of technical papers published from 1998 to present.
--Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family, with searchable handbooks, manuals, textbooks, etiquette guides, self-help books, instructional pamphlets, and how-to books that illustrate both how Americans actually behaved and how they felt they ought to behave.
--The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960-1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. The database currently has over 34,000 pages.
Also, as a result of Grove Music Online's acquisition by Oxford University Press, two new online titles are now available: Oxford Companion to Music and Oxford Dictionary of Music.
AGSL Fellows Investigate Secret Nazi Maps and Other Topics
The American Geographical Society Library continues to provide short term fellowships to scholars who live beyond commuting distance of Milwaukee, through two separate fellowship programs.
The Helen and John S. Best Research Fellowship, established in 2000, has been awarded to two individuals for 2009: Professor John Rennie Short, Dept. of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, who is studying the role of the national atlas in creating and disseminating images of the nation state; and Dr. Ute Schneider, Universit�t Duisburg-Essen, who is researching aspects of the International Map of the World especially pertaining to secret German editions issued during the National Socialist era.
The McColl Research Program Fellowship, begun in 2006, has been awarded this year to Dr. Carla Lois, University of Buenos Aires. Her topic is "Looking at Ourselves through Others' Eyes: Foreign Maps and International Networks in Argentinean Cartographical Institutions and Early Argentinean Maps, 1853-1955."
For more information about the fellowships, visit http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/AGSL/fellowships.html.
New Resources at UW Digital Collections
New resources recently added to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections include the following.
Islam and Eurasia: Bridging the Information Divide. This project consists of ten digitized English language travel accounts by persons who journeyed through Muslim regions of the Russian Empire.
Minutes of the Meetings of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1921-1991.
The 6th International Conference Proceedings: Transport, Fate and Effects of Silver in the Environment
UW-La Crosse Historic Steamboat Photograph Collection
Thank you to the following donors who gave significant monetary gifts to the Libraries from January 1 to December 31, 2008:
Kathleen and Anthony Asmuth
Ewa Barczyk and Neal Pease
E. J. Brumder
Deborah and Dennis Conta
Lois and David Dickason
Mousie and Thomas Fitzgerald
Verena Fjermestad and Bruce Fetter
Reena and Michael Hais
Sally and Ihab Hassan
Anne and John Hazelwood
Janet and Arthur Holzheimer
Sarah Wright Kimball
Susan LaBudde and Brian Akers
Nancy and Arthur Laskin
R. Scott Liebl
Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
Angelica and Markos Mamalakis
Suzanne and Robert McColl
Martine Darmon Meyer
Phyllis and William Moritz
Julie and George Mosher
Janet and Nick Padway
Beverly and J. Lewis Perlson
Dawn and Gene Reynolds
Jody and Jeffrey Steren
Gloria and Jerry Tarrer
Pat and Tom Van Alyea
Theodore Von Briesen
Melissa Woo and Eric Larsen
Albert E. Rinehart Estate
Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust
Ettinger Family Foundation
Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Johnson and Pabst LGBT Humanity Fund
Heritage Research, Ltd.
Lubar Family Foundation, Inc.
Lucille and Jack Rosenberg Charitable Funds
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Schoenleber Foundation, Inc.
Nicol and L. William Teweles Philanthropic Fund
Thomas S. Van Alyea, Jr. Trust
Wells Fargo Foundation
Wisconsin Energy Corporation Foundation, Inc.
Thank you to the following donors who gave gifts-in-kind-books, maps, videos, and other library material-from July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008:
O. Kent Anderson
Charlotte Bleistein and Richard Anscheutz
Verena Fjermestad and Bruce Fetter
Andrew J. Gernaw
Raymond E. Gnat
John G. Hill, Jr.
Maria Xesus Lama Lopez
G. Richard Meadows
Ann B. Robinson
Colin and Cate Scanes
Khalid Hameed Shaida
Joseph S. Spence, Sr.
Rutger Van Dijk
Rev. Edwin E. Winters
Bounds Law Library, University of Alabama
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Fdn.
Cocaine Anonymous of Wisconsin Area
First Unitarian Society
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Lesbian Alliance of Metro Milwaukee
Northeast Asian History Foundation
Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Inc.
Seeger Map Co., Inc.
Society For Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
UWM Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
UWM LGBT Resource Center
UWM Roberto Hernandez Center
UWM Tutoring & Academic Resource Center
UWM Urban Studies Dept.