James Akerman, Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at Chicago’s Newberry Library, will present the 2010 Holzheimer Maps and America Annual Lecture on Tuesday, April 27 in the American Geographical Society Library.
The title of Akerman’s presentation is "Making Connections: Road Maps and the Nation."
The Newberry Library holds the archives of Rand-McNally—a firm almost synonymous with mapmaking—which contains a comprehensive record of automobile road mapping from its beginnings.
Akerman, a well-respected historian of cartography, helped organize the major 2007 Field Museum exhibition “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World” and co-edited its extensive catalog.
The Holzheimer Lecture series, initiated in 1990, is supported by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Golda Meir Library. In conjunction with the talk, an exhibit of maps relating to the lecture topic will be on display.
"Making Connections" will be presented at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the talk at 5 p.m. The AGS Library is located on the third floor, east wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library building, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.
For more information or special needs, please call 414-229-6282.
Detail of “The Lincoln Highway,” Lincoln Highway Association, 1925
The UWM Libraries and the Graduate School are co-sponsoring a dinner on Friday, April 16, 2010, honoring those faculty and staff whose published monographs and recordings have been added to the UWM Authors Collection since November 2006.
The Libraries are requesting that any UWM faculty or staff member who has written, edited, translated, or illustrated a book, has composed music for a published score or has produced a recording, or has had a primary role in creating a film or video since the last UWM Authors Recognition event in 2006, please fill out the UWM Authors online form located at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/forms/authors.cfm.
To ensure that you are included for recognition during this event, please make your submissions by April 2. Authors submitting titles after this date will be included in the next event in 2012.
For more information, visit the UWM Authors Collections website at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/authors/authint.cfm, or contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-4345.
Wisconsin Aviation Audio History Digitized
Twenty-five oral history interviews and speeches from the Archives' George Hardie collection were recently digitized with the help of a gift from the Friends of the Mitchell Gallery of Flight.
The recordings include the words and recollections of prominent individuals in Wisconsin aviation history, including World War II pilot Eric Hartmann, employees of the Lawson Airplane Company, and John Kaminski, the first licensed pilot in Wisconsin.
George Hardie, an aviation historian and founding member of the Experimental Air Association, recorded interviews with and speeches by these men over a period of over 50 years, and a number of the older reel-to-reel tapes had already begun to degenerate.
By digitizing a selection of recordings from the collection, the Archives will be able to preserve their content for future generations. The recordings are available for listening in the Archives' reading room. For more information, call (414) 229-5402.
Spring Book Sale Set for April 5-7
The Friends of the Golda Meir Library will hold their spring used book sale April 5-7. Over 6,000 items in a wide variety of genres—including contemporary fiction, foreign languages, history, literature, poetry, and aviation—will be offered.
The sale, held in the fourth floor Conference Center of the library, is open to UWM students, faculty, and staff only, from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 5. On Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7, the sale is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Most hardcovers will be priced at $3 and most paperbacks $1. On Wednesday, a bag of books will cost just $3.
Proceeds benefit the UWM Libraries.
Library Lovers Celebrated
On February 11 the Friends of the Golda Meir Library hosted an event for “library lovers”—that is, for people who met their partners or spouses at the Golda Meir Library and for those who love the Library itself. Guests viewed love-themed treasures from the Library’s collections, toured the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, and entered a drawing that included a gift certificate donated by Jack Pandl’s Whitefish Bay Inn.
Though unable to attend, Christina Skasa and Mark Rozmarynowski (pictured above) sent the Library their story of meeting as graduate student workers in the Library in 2003. They are now married and living in Baraboo, where Mark is the library director at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County and Christina is a professional writing tutor at the same institution.