Tag: University Archives


Dr. Coussons gives the gift of music

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year collection of music scores will remain available for the community via UW-Green Bay’s David A. Cofrin Library on a limited basis. The music collection has been donated to the Cofrin Library and can be accessed by local music groups requesting the scores at the service desk on the library’s third floor. The historical documentation about the GBSO was donated to the library’s Archives and Area Research Center, on the library’s seventh floor.

“This substantial musical score collection will remain a community resource thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Herbert Coussons,” said Paula Ganyard, Director of the Cofrin Library.

Both the youth and orchestral music libraries were purchased and donated by Dr. Coussons (a Green Bay-area physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology) after the GBSO disbanded as a professional organization in the past year. The Youth Symphony, Civic Symphony and music programs at UWGB and St. Norbert College retain access to the collection that includes photos, news clippings, season program books and historic audio recordings of concerts.

“The UWGB Archives is pleased to add the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra historical records to its collections,” said University Archivist Deb Anderson. “The original documents date from the Symphony’s inception in 1913 to its final performance in 2015. Included in the collection are photographs, recordings, programs, and scrapbooks. The collection of Green Bay Symphony Orchestra records helps us preserve the rich musical heritage of the area.”

The Symphony records will complement the Green Bay City Band records also housed in the Archives Department.

April 27 ‘Into the Archives’ workshop targets humanities, with visiting UNC prof

Reid Barbour, an award-winning author and professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be on the UW-Green Bay campus Monday, April 27, to lead “Into the Archives! A Pedagogy Workshop.” The program runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Archives and Area Research Center on the 7th floor of the Cofrin Library. Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet, a member of the Humanistic Studies faculty and UNC alumna, arranged the workshop through a Teaching Enhancement Grant from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She says serious, historically oriented research in the humanities is making a comeback, as open-access digital archives allow instructors in all fields to teach primary texts. Barbour’s workshop for educators is informed by his UNC graduate course Into the Archives, and will cover strategies and readings that:

• empower students to believe in the value of archival work
• encourage them to pursue independent research
• unlock and analyze physical and digital archives
• engage the issues and choices at stake
• and effectively utilize UW-Green Bay archival resources

Nesvet says participants are invited to come to the workshop with ideas for taking UW-Green Bay students into the archives, or to generate ideas during and after the workshop. There are 15 workshop places available. To RSVP, or ask questions, contact Prof. Nesvet.

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More on Barbour — Worth mentioning about Prof. Reid Barbour, the guest presenter at the April 27 teaching development workshop, is his honorable mention recognition in the 2014 Modern Language Association competition for Best Scholarly Edition. He was recognized for Complete Works of Lucy Hutchinson, Volume One: The Lucretius Translation (OUP, 2011). The recipient of several awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching, he has written or edited books including Sir Thomas Browne: A Life (Oxford UP, 2013) and, for the Oxford edition of his complete works, Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici.

Green Bay Symphony Archives will go to Cofrin Library

The newsletter of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is reporting that the organization’s extensive library of orchestral music will remain available for community use through an arrangement that will place the collection at the Area Research Center at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library.

The library of musical scores was collected over the course of the GBSO’s 100-year history. It was announced previously that the organization will disband as a professional orchestra after this season’s final concert. That concert, titled “Celebrating the Youth Orchestra,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Weidner Center. The evening will spotlight visiting professional performers who are graduates of the GBSO youth orchestra program.

The youth and orchestral music libraries are being purchased by Green Bay physician Herb Coussons, M.D., who has agreed to house the collection at UW-Green Bay. Access will be available to local performance organizations including the Youth Symphony, the Civic Symphony and the music programs at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.

The Area Research Center will also become home to the GBSO’s collection of archival materials including audio recordings of concerts, photos, news clippings, season program books and additional historical items.

Passing of Dorothy Heinrich, librarian and Founders honoree

Dorothy L. Heinrich, a former special collections librarian for UW-Green Bay and curator of the University Archives and the Area Research Center, passed away Aug. 16 at the age of 94. During the first decade of operation of the Cofrin Library (then called the Library-Learning Center), Heinrich helped make it a destination for historians and researchers. She made countless visits and speaking engagements, and led workshops to help familiarize Northeastern Wisconsin residents with the resources of the Library and University. She was instrumental, along with Prof. William Laatsch, in the development of the popular Belgian-American Ethnic Collection, which was funded by a 1976 Bicentennial grant. Heinrich was the first non-faculty-member to win the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Community Outreach, in 1979, shortly before her retirement. Newcomer Green Bay funeral service assisted the family with arrangements. Read obituary.

Record History Day a success; check out pics, results

Eighty-one middle-and high-school students who participated in Saturday’s (April 5) National History Day regional competition will advance to the state contest May 3 in Madison. As we told you here before, this was a record year for the Northeast Wisconsin regional, hosted at the Kress Events Center. Nearly 440 students from 24 schools in eight area districts presented a total of 259 projects on the theme “Rights and Responsibilities in History” during the daylong event. “The day was a huge success, with many positive comments about the campus and the experience in general,” said coordinator and University archivist Deb Anderson. “Local leaders including Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and State Senators Dave Hansen and Robert Cowles also were on hand to show their support for this event.” The competition also relies on the efforts of some 120 volunteers, Anderson added. For more, including a photo gallery, check out our news feature.

Why tunnels? Weidner, the founding chancellor and first employee, explains

Many thanks to University archivist Deb Anderson of the Area Research Center and Cofrin Library for digging up the text of a speech that founding chancellor Edward Weidner made at the 1972 groundbreaking ceremonies for the College of Community Sciences (today’s Rose and Wood Halls). With so much recent publicity — including a Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial — for UW-Green Bay’s fabulous concourse system, it’s nice to see Weidner’s words that the “tunnels” aren’t merely convenient… they’re important to our mission. Weidner’s 1972 remarks on the topic:

“Contrary to what many people think, Wisconsin winter weather was not the reason for this inter-connection. At the typical university, you find a collection of discrete buildings, each a fortress onto itself. We decided that we would have to do something different, not because of the weather, but because our academic plan is related to problem-solvin… So what we are doing is constructing one continuous big building, with no individual fortresses… This aspect of our physical plan has actually reinforced our academic plan and is permitting us to reach objectives that we could not otherwise achieve…”

Super cool photo: The UWGB Motor Sports Club, circa 1970

The Area Research Center and University Archives office is putting out a call for early Student Life memorabilia, club items and photos. To prime the pump, staff members posted a super cool photo of some super cool cats posing with their super cool sports cars. They’re identified as members of one of UW-Green Bay’s earliest clubs, the Motor Sports Club. Click here to view.

Throwback Thursday and Summer Session 1969

Call it the Summer of … Star Trek (?)  The Cofrin Library’s Area Research Center and University Archives office have a new entry in their ongoing “Throwback Thursdays” site. Since summer session 2013 started this week, the current Throwback Thursday post is about summer session 1969 … including a reference to a Star Trek course.

Throwback Thursday and Summer Session 1969

Call it the Summer of… Star Trek (?) The Cofrin Library’s Area Research Center and University Archives office have a new entry in their ongoing “Throwback Thursdays” site. Since summer session 2013 started this week, the current Throwback Thursday post is about summer session 1969… including a reference to a Star Trek course.