Recollection Wisconsin joined the DPLA Hub Network in 2016 and now contributes over 500,000 metadata records from more than 200 Wisconsin collections to the DPLA portal.
We are partnering with the iSchool at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies to provide library school students with practical experience in digital stewardship and increase the capacity of small libraries and cultural heritage organizations to manage and preserve their digital content. Curating Community Digital Collections (CCDC) is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
Our Listening to War: Digitizing Wisconsin’s Wartime Oral Histories project, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is digitizing, preserving and providing access to more than 1,100 oral history interviews documenting the lives of Wisconsin veterans and civilians during wartime.
Recollection Wisconsin is one of three national anchor sites for the Community Archiving Workshop Regional Training of Trainers program, supported by a grant from IMLS. The Community Archiving Workshop (CAW) model was developed by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) to address the challenge of obsolescence in audiovisual collections.
From July-December 2019, Recollection Wisconsin is partnering with the Wisconsin Historical Society to conduct a survey of the Society’s local history affiliates and facilitate strategic planning sessions to design an Archives Collaborative that will increase the capacity of local historical societies and historic preservation groups to create, manage and share their digitized historical resources. This work is supported by a planning grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Recollection Wisconsin partnered with South Central Library System to distribute digitization kits to regional public library systems. Each system manages lending the kits to their member libraries. Funding to create the kits was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.