Celebrating the Governor’s Archive Award 2018

Congratulations to the University Archives and Area Research Center staff on the Governor’s Archive Award 2018. Matt Blessing, state archivist and division administrator for the Wisconsin Historical Society, was on campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 to present the award to an appreciative crowd. Citing many thoughtful collaborative projects with UW-Green Bay faculty, Blessing said that UW-Green Bay Archivist Deb Anderson, along with her staff, are admired statewide for the leadership and collaboration they demonstrate as they work with faculty to immerse archives into the classroom experience. (Anderson also received the Governor’s Award for Archival Advocacy in 2005.)

Blessing applauded UW-Green Bay for being able to work with and across many varied departments and disciplines. The plaque says, “For broadening the use and study of archival collections across the undergraduate curriculum, presented to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Area Research Center, from the Wisconsin Historical Society.”

Speaking at the event on behalf of UW-Green Bay were Provost Greg Davis, Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell (Humanities), Assistant Vice Chancellor Paula Ganyard (who read a letter of appreciation from Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies) and Anderson, who accepted the award on behalf of the University.


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UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center receives Governor’s Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society will be presenting the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center with the 2018 Governor’s Archives Award for Archival Innovation, with an award presentation will being held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Cofrin Library, Room 705. WisPolitics has more.

UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center to receive 2018 Governor’s Archives Award

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center (ARC) will be presented with the 2018 Governor’s Archives Award for Archival Innovation. An award presentation will be held Wednesday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the Archives of David A. Cofrin Library, Room 705, UW-Green Bay. The Wisconsin Historical Society will present the award.

“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is receiving this award for expanding the audiences served at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center, specifically, broadening the use and study of archival collections across the undergraduate curriculum,” said Matt Blessing, State Archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Along with the formal award presentation, which lands during “Archives Month,” the program will include brief remarks by UW-Green Bay Provost Greg Davis and faculty members Alison Staudinger and Caroline Boswell.

The ARC demonstrated how it has effectively expanded experiential learning across the undergraduate curriculum, moving beyond established partnerships with humanities disciplines to reach new and diverse audiences. Archivist Deb Anderson is cited for “effectively building flexible instructional programs involving disciplines within the social sciences, first year seminars, public policy, nutrition, education, and human development.”

Expanding archival learning opportunities across the university curriculum required careful planning, engagement, and significant collaborations by the UW-Green Bay Archives: Examples

  • In a freshmen-level course, Everybody Dies!, students were introduced to coroner’s reports, condolence letters and diaries of the terminally ill. More than 100 first-year undergraduates considered the concepts of death and dying by exploring historical records.
  • For a course on prison voices, the archivist identified prisoner case files, warden records and prison inspection reports.
  • Collections of cartoons were used by political science students to curate a gallery exhibit.

These innovative research experiences required extensive use of the Wisconsin Area Research Center Network transfer system, including the transfer of state government records from Madison to the UW-Green Bay ARC.

“It is an honor to receive the “2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation,” Archivist Anderson says.  “We value the opportunities we have to connect university students to the stories of the past through archival records. It is truly gratifying to witness students and faculty embracing historical materials in original and pioneering ways.”

This is not the first time the UW-Green Bay Archives has been recognized for its work. In 2005, Anderson won the Governor’s Archives Award for Advocacy.

“The Archives Instruction and Outreach program has taken years to develop and grow, and because of its success, we are now seeing an ever-increasing interest by faculty to give their students the opportunities to work with primary materials by collaborating with the Archives,” notes Paula Ganyard, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Library Services. “This ever-growing interest also has resulted in an increase in non-traditional presentations of historical research by students. While the traditional term paper still exists, we now see projects such as Twitter reenactments of historical events, the creation of oral histories, and even art exhibits developed by students as ways students are sharing their research.”

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board (WHRAB) and the Wisconsin Historical Society award the Governor’s Archives Award to individuals, programs or organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving or increasing the availability of original historical documents in any format. For more information visit wisconsinhistory.org.

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Join the celebration! Winner of the Governor’s Award is…

Join in the celebration as the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is presented with the 2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. This award acknowledges the Archives’ leadership in building flexible instructional programs across the UW-Green Bay undergraduate curriculum. The Archives Department will be recognized for its innovative and extensive work connecting students with historical materials in unique and profound ways. RSVP by October 22.

Wednesday, October 24
4 p.m.

Archives and Area Research Center
David A. Cofrin Library 705
UW-Green Bay 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311

RSVP by October 22

Brief Remarks
Provost Greg Davis
Caroline Boswell
Alison Staudinger

Award Presentation
Wisconsin State Archivist Matt Blessing
2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation


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