Milwaukee: UWM Archive is Chronicling Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Experience for History. “The site’s goal is to memorialize how Milwaukee experienced this global pandemic. Cantwell and one of his classes have taken on the task of curating submissions and material for the collection. They are enlisting the help of every Milwaukeean who wants to contribute something to the archive, be it photographs of shuttered businesses, notifications from employers, personal stories, examples of social distancing in the community, and anything else that records the strange times around us.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: South Milwaukee wants to digitize its newspapers to preserve the city’s history. But it needs $15,000 to do it.. “More than 100 rolls of 35mm microfilm containing South Milwaukee newspapers from 1892 to 2006 are currently not readable. The reader and printer at the South Milwaukee Public Library, 1907 10th Ave., failed and the South Milwaukee Historical Society is working with the library and a local business owner to save the city’s history.”
Urban Milwaukee: Journal and Sentinel Archives Threatened. “The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee is a a Digital Humanities Project sponsored by the History Department in the College of Letters and Science at UW-Milwaukee…. Many of the footnotes in the site naturally led to stories in the city’s historic daily newspapers, particularly The Milwaukee Journal (founded in 1882) and Milwaukee Sentinel (founded in 1837) which merged in 1995. It appears that the encyclopedia, like many other sites, has been partially crippled by the frequent disappearance of The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel archives.”
Milwaukee Independent: First-Of-Its-Kind Portal Launched By Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Offers Searchable Venue Database. “The Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee recently launched its Venue Search Portal, a first-of-its-kind digital search platform that features information about over 400 venues from across Milwaukee and the surrounding region.”
Do you ever follow Twitter reenactments? This one looks pretty interesting. “In 1901 ice-harvesting on the Milwaukee River was a big business; families and businesses needed the ice during the warm months to chill their food. When two companies and their employees each believed they had the rights to a stretch of the Milwaukee River, the resulting conflict was wild enough to attract a crowd of thousands on the banks of the river. Listen to their experiences while these nine character[s] live-tweet as if the event is unfolding in real time.” It happens this Friday, December 9th.
More on the Milwaukee Journal / Sentinel thing. “The work was soon underway when a catch developed — the ProQuest archives were incomplete. Milwaukee Journal images from 1910-1920 were unavailable, as were Milwaukee Sentinel images from 1837-1909. This amounted to about 30 per cent of the total. But [Paula] Kiely and the library let Google digitize the films it owned from those years, and a new resource was made available to the public.” And I have yet to hear a good reason that those archives are not available as public domain. If the answer turns out to be “Google’s digitized them so asserting some sort of copyright,” then Google, you just spit all over your motto.
This is just flat-out scary. From Urban Milwaukee: Journal Sentinel Archive Disappears. “…on Tuesday, August 16, the Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel listings vanished from the Google News Archive home page. This change came without any advance warning and still has no official explanation.” The only explanation the article writer could get was that Newsbank now owned the copyright to these newspapers. But if the archives really did have “more than a century’s worth of local newspapers,” why has no one called out Newsbank on trying to assert copyright over pre-1923 materials?