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Folsom, William H.C. (William Henry Carman), 1817-1900 Title: William H.C. Folsom Papers, 1836-1900, 1922
Quantity: 0.6 c.f. (2 archives boxes)
Call Number: River Falls Mss S
Abstract: Papers of William H.C. Folsom, an Indian trader, lumberman, land speculator, Minnesota politician, and steamboat owner, including correspondence, 1841, 1851-1900; an account book, 1841-1844, from his business dealings in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; and papers relating to Folsom's activities in the Mississippi-St. Croix Valley. Two additional volumes contain cargo records and passenger lists for his steamboat, the Wyman X, for 1870-1871. Among the correspondence are two letters describing bad conditions in the 1863 Army campaign against the Sioux uprising.
Fond du Lac County Conservation Alliance (Wis.) Title: Fond du Lac County Conservation Alliance Records, 1961-1968
Quantity: 0.8 c.f. (2 archives boxes) and 42 photographs (1 folder)
Call Number: Oshkosh Mss BE; PH 3586
Abstract: Records of the Alliance, a group of organizations concerned with conservation and wildlife management; including minutes and materials on goose hunting at Horicon Marsh, water pollution, a tour by Stewart Udall and a banquet for Owen Gromme, and the Sixth District Advisory Committee to the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, chaired by John L. Franson, a leader of the Alliance. Photographs are of the Supple Marsh wildlife preserve, ca. 1963, originally a refuse dump on Lake Winnebago and the Fond du Lac River. Included are images of the dump, the surrounding shoreline, migratory ducks and geese, observation buildings, and an on-site inspection by Senator Gaylord Nelson. Also included is a photographic reproduction of the Supple Marsh proposal.
Fond du Lac County (Wis.). Treasurer Title: Fond du Lac County (Wis.). Treasurer: Tax Rolls, 1850-1955, 1970-1995
Quantity: 118.0 c.f (1,458 volumes) and 8 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
Call Number: Fond du Lac Series 25
Abstract: Record of taxes levied and collected on real estate and personal property. The rolls include a description of the property, its assessed valuation, and amount of taxes paid. Holdings are incomplete. They include all records for the years 1850-1900, except for a few missing volumes, and the records for every fifth year thereafter beginning with 1905. No records are present for 1960, 1965, or 1985.
Fond du Lac (Wis.). City Manager Title: Fond du Lac (Wis.). City Manager: General Subject and Correspondence File, 1958-1959
Quantity: 1.4 c.f. (4 archives boxes)
Call Number: Fond du Lac Series 30
Abstract: Correspondence and information on all areas of municipal government. Included are applications for employment, appreciation letters, budgets, city attorney agenda, city financial statements, claims against the city, Common Council proceedings, invitations, legal opinions, ordinances, proclamations, and files on industrial development, safety, snow removal, and trailer courts. Correspondence with state agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and private citizens is present as are publications concerning public administration.
Fond du Lac (Wis.). City Manager Title: Fond du Lac (Wis.). City Manager: Correspondence with City Officials and Agencies, 1958-1959
Quantity: 1.0 c.f. (3 archives boxes)
Call Number: Fond du Lac Series 29
Abstract: Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of Acting City Manager Elmer Bray and City Manager Robert McManus. Includes some correspondence with City residents and some agency reports.
Fond du Lac (Wis.). Mayor Title: Fond du Lac (Wis.). Mayor: Mayor's Subject and Correspondence File, 1925-1958
Quantity: 3.0 c.f. (8 archives boxes)
Call Number: Fond du Lac Series 4
Abstract: Files of Mayors Edwin F. Weis (1944-1957) and Victor P. Capelle (1957-1958) including correspondence, minutes and proceedings of various city boards, reports, and other materials, some dating back to 1925.. Much material deals with routine city functions such as police and fire protection, recreation, and planning. Other material deals with post-World War II housing problems, communicable diseases, and civil defense. As a developing industrial city with a limited underground water supply the city also had a serious pollution problem. After 1958, Fond du Lac adopted a city manager form of government.
Fondy Area Bus Cooperative (Fond du Lac, Wis.) Title: Fondy Area Bus Cooperative Records, 1968-1978
Quantity: 0.9 c.f. (2 archives boxes and 1 oversize box)
Call Number: Oshkosh Mss CJ
Abstract: Records of the first cooperatively owned bus company in the United States, which provided public transportation in Fond du Lac, Wis. and surrounding areas from 1968 to 1973. The non-profit business restored bus service to the area following the demise of the privately-owned Fond du Lac Bus Company, and was a pioneering attempt to solve through a cooperative model the financial difficulties typical of urban transportation systems. Included are articles of incorporation and bylaws, minutes of annual and board of directors' meetings, correspondence, annual and monthly reports to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, information about buses and bus schedules, financial records, promotional materials, shareholder records, materials concerning its 1973 sale to the City of Fond du Lac, and records of final dissolution and shareholder monetary distributions.
Foote, Cone & Belding Title: Foote, Cone & Belding Records, 1906-1996
Quantity: 1.6 c.f. (5 archives boxes), 201 reels of microfilm (35 mm), 7 videorecordings, and 42 photographs; plus additions of 228.4 c.f.
Call Number: Mss 882; PH Mss 882; VBB 324; VHA 363-368; Micro 2080; M92-296; M93-090
Abstract: Records, mainly 1917-1982, of Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB), an international advertising agency headquartered in Chicago that was founded in 1873. The firm operated from 1882 to 1942 as Lord & Thomas, from 1942 to 1994 as Foote, Cone & Belding, and as True North Communications from 1994 to 2001, when the Foote, Cone & Belding name was restored. The collection consists almost entirely of microfilmed copies of the print advertising produced for clients between 1917 and 1982. Also included are a small number of television commercials considered the best produced by the firm from 1950 to 1979, books produced by Lord & Thomas on the early theory and practice of advertising, and miscellaneous internal publications, including an internal video magazine, 1994-1996. There are no general administrative records and no papers about the creative development of any advertising campaigns.
Forbes, Martha Dickens, 1845-1920 Title: Martha Dickens Forbes Papers, 1899-1909
Quantity: 1 reel of microfilm (35mm)
Call Number: Green Bay Micro 29; Micro 842
Abstract: Papers of a Wisconsin school teacher and asylum matron consisting of journals documenting four separate western train trips, a genealogical chart, and a list of family members significant in Wisconsin history. The journals describe this early twentieth century woman's impressions of the scenery, specific locations, people seen, and the activities of her husband and herself.
Ford, Alfred P., 1829-1883 Title: Alfred P. Ford Papers, 1855-1895
Quantity: 0.8 cubic feet (2 archives boxes)
Call Number: La Crosse Mss AT
Abstract: Papers from Ford's Wisconsin surveying work done for private citizens for taxation and sale purposes, in Trempealeau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse counties (Townships 18-27 North, Ranges 7-10 West). Included are field notes and sketches, original plats, and miscellaneous financial and personal papers.
Ford, Frederick W., 1909-1986 Title: Frederick W. Ford Papers, 1940-1982
Quantity: 8.0 c.f. (21 archives boxes) and 1 disc recording
Call Number: Mss 402; Disc 196A
Abstract: Papers, mainly 1958-1968, of Frederick W. Ford, an attorney, career government employee, and former Federal Communications Commission member and chairman. Included are speeches and writings; correspondence; biographical clippings; and subject files relating to equal time and political broadcasting, the fairness doctrine, UHF/VHF allocations, the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee's investigations of the FCC during the 1950's, and many other topics. Files dating both from his early legal career with the FCC and the Federal Security Agency include material on two of the most famous cases to come before the FCC: the Paramount anti-trust case and the George Richards news-slanting case.
Ford, Winifred Title: Winifred Ford Watercolors, 1938-1939
Quantity: 43 watercolors (1 flat box)
Call Number: PH 1669 (5)
Abstract: Watercolors, 1938-1939, by Winifred Ford of historic 19th century mansions and other buildings in Madison, Wisconsin. The watercolors are each approximately 19 x 24-inches, originally matted 27 x 31.5-inches, and are accompanied by typescript notes on each house. Included are: City Hall; notable residences, especially those owned by prominent people; and several University of Wisconsin buildings.
Foreign Policy Association Title: Foreign Policy Association Records, 1918-1996
Quantity: 36.4 cubic feet (91 archives boxes), 7 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and 2 films; plus additions of 261.3 cubic feet, 2.9 cubic feet of photographs, 29 reels of microfilm (35 mm), 3 films, 13 videotapes, and 216 audio tapes
Call Number: Mss 2; M2011-044; Audio 1589A; Micro 48; AC 547; AD 582; DC 774-DC 775; DD 120; VBA 940-VBA 952
Abstract: Records of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), a national, non-partisan adult educational organization dedicated to promoting interest in international relations and an understanding of foreign affairs; including correspondence, reports, memoranda, financial records, minutes, speeches, news releases, newsletters, brochures, photographs, moving images, audio recordings, and printed materials. Formed in 1918 as the League of Free Nations and reorganized in 1923, the FPA supplies publications, speakers, and counsel for community-based discussion programs and other events, and also sponsors events for a national audience. The records document the activities, administration, public relations, education efforts, community relations, and finances of the organization, as well as foreign policy and world affairs in all facets throughout the 20th century. Topics include human rights, war, trade, government, defense, world hunger, education, anti-communist activities, and foreign relations.
Foreign Type Cheesemakers' Association of Wisconsin Title: Foreign Type Cheesemakers' Association of Wisconsin Records, 1937, 1942-1949
Quantity: 0.2 c.f. (1 archives box)
Call Number: Wis Mss JG
Abstract: Records of a cheesemakers association, with headquarters in Monroe, Wisconsin, formed for the purpose of advancing the latest methods for producing quality cheese, mainly Swiss and limburger. Correspondence, 1942-1948, concerns state and federal regulations affecting cheese standards, grading, and price differentials. Also included are by-laws and the constitution, contracts, minutes, reports, and financial accounts, 1944-1949.
Forest County (Wis.). Treasurer Title: Forest County (Wis.). Treasurer: Tax Rolls, 1885-1985
Quantity: 46.5 c.f. (252 volumes)
Call Number: Forest Series 13
Abstract: Real estate and personal property tax rolls showing dtes, town, owner's name, land description, acreage, valuation of real and personal property, amount of taxes, total taxes, and payments. Records for 1885-1900 are generally complete. From 1900 only every fifth year has been retained. Rolls for 1905, 1915 and 1950 are missing and may have been destroyed.
Forgotten Champs: The 1944 Milwaukee Chicks Oral History Project
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Title: Oral History Interviews of the Forgotten Champs: The 1944 Milwaukee Chicks Oral History Project, 1995
Quantity: .2 cubic ft. (1 box) 10 audio cassettes
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 106
Abstract: Collection contains oral history interviews with former members of the Milwaukee Chicks baseball team, conducted as part of a 1995 oral history course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Interview materials include abstracts, verbatim transcripts, and audio recordings. Abstracts often provide topical headings and time codes to assist with use. The interviews include information on the players' personal histories and backgrounds, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, their impressions of playing, contracts, uniforms, life on the road, social engagements, the role of women in World War II, and other members of the Chicks. Players interviewed were Thelma Eisen, Viola Griffin (Thompson), Dorothy Hunter, Vivian Sheriffs, Sylvia Straka (Wronski), and Alma Ziegler. The Milwaukee Chicks played only one season in the League (1944), won the championship, and then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Forman, Harrison, 1904-1978 Title: Harrison Forman Papers, 1927-1983
Quantity: 8.7 cubic ft. (16 boxes, including 19 audio reels and 2 audio cassettes)
Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 17
Abstract: Papers of Harrison Forman, a photographer, journalist, author, aviator, lecturer, and explorer, mostly dating from the 1930s-1970s. The collection contains clippings and drafts of his articles, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, and correspondence.
Former Members of the Wisconsin Progressive Party Oral History Project Title: Former Members of the Wisconsin Progressive Party Oral History Project Interviews, 1980-1981
Quantity: 9 tape recordings
Call Number: Audio 881A; Audio 890A; Audio 901A; Audio 902A; Audio 903A; Audio 993A
Abstract: Tape-recorded interviews conducted by Mark F. Smith concerning the Wisconsin Progressive Party which was formed in the 1930s and dissolved in 1946. Interviewees are party members and leaders Paul R. Alfonsi, Roland E.H. Kannenberg, Clifford W. Krueger, Gordon Sinykin, and Carl W. Thompson. They discuss their own backgrounds and involvement in the party, Progressive leaders, other third party movements, Governor Philip La Follette, the National Progressives of America, and related topics.
Forsyth, Thomas, 1771-1833 Title: Draper Manuscripts: Thomas Forsyth Papers, 1804-1833
Quantity: 1.5 c.f. (9 volumes)
Call Number: Draper Mss T
Abstract: Papers of Thomas Forsyth, a Chicago and Peoria, Illinois fur trader who served as Indian agent for the Sauk and Fox in Illinois and Missouri from 1818-1830 at Rock Island. The papers contain materials on the War of 1812 in the West, including correspondence (1812-1817) of the territorial governors of Illinois and Missouri, Ninian Edwards and William Clark, concerning military operations in Illinois and American attempts to secure Indian allies.
Fort Winnebago and Duck Creek Plank Road Company (Portage, Wis.) Title: Fort Winnebago and Duck Creek Plank Road Company Records, 1851-1874
Quantity: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box)
Call Number: Mss 462
Abstract: Records of the Fort Winnebago and Duck Creek Plank Road Company which built and operated the 3.5 mile road between Fort Winnebago (Portage, Wis.) and Duck Creek. Included are minutes of the board of directors, an 1874 map of the road, and miscellaneous business papers.
Foster, Nathaniel Caldwell, 1834-1923 Title: Nathaniel Caldwell Foster Papers, 1830-1936
Quantity: 0.3 c.f. (1 archives box and 2 volumes)
Call Number: Eau Claire Mss O
Abstract: Fragmentary records of Foster, a native of New York state who came to Wisconsin in 1854 and became a prominent lumberman and logging railroad operator headquartered at Fairchild after 1876. The collection contains political correspondence with representative James A. Frear; miscellaneous business papers including land titles, maps, mortgages, and financial records pertaining to his land and timber investments in Eau Claire and Clark counties; a few records relating to the Fairchild and Northwestern Railroad constructed by Foster in 1913; and a journal, 1908-1936, of the N.C. Foster Lumber Company. One folder contains land deeds and other business papers, 1830-1870, concerning Daniel Bread and the first Christian Party of the Oneida Nation of Indians.
Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc. Title: Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc. Records, 1969-2005
Quantity: 14.4 c.f. (14 record center cartons and 1 video box), 238 photographs, 84 negatives, and 4 tape recordings
Call Number: M2010-068; Audio 1489A
Abstract: The Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc. (named the Wisconsin Rural Housing Cooperative from 1969-1983) assists low-income families of rural Wisconsin in acquiring and maintaining adequate, safe, and sanitary housing. The bulk of the collection documents programs and projects including the Community Housing Alternatives Program (CHAP), the Housing Initiative Program (HIP), the National Demonstration Water Project (NDWP), the Wisconsin Fund (Private Sewage System Grant), and the Volunteer Senior Home Repair Program. Administrative files documenting Board of Directors meetings and grant reports as well as photographs documenting the early years of the home building and repair program are also present.
Founding Industries of Wisconsin (Survey Project) Title: Founding Industries of Wisconsin (Survey Project) Records, 1987-2006
Quantity: 20 cubic ft. (50 boxes) 1 database
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 41
Abstract: The collection contains files on over 5,000 Wisconsin businesses, each of which employed more than 100 employees. The information was solicited, collated and organized between 1987 and 2006, but information dates from 1880 to 2006. The contents in each file varies, but most include survey forms, newspaper clippings, and information reproduced from other published sources. The collection also includes a database that can be searched on 32 different fields and includes references to the repositories throughout the state where company records can be found. The database includes the company name, location (city and county), incorporation date, names of founders, Standard Industrial Classification codes (as determined by the initial study coordinators), and any other names or the names of parent/subsidiary companies associated with the company.
Fountain Lutheran Church (Juneau County, Wis.) Title: Fountain Lutheran Church (Juneau County, Wis.) Records, 1878-1982
Quantity: 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm) and 4 photographs
Call Number: Micro 524; Stevens Point Micro 20; PH Stevens Point Micro 20
Abstract: Records of a church founded as a Norwegian Evangelical congregation in 1878 which at various dates shared a circuit with churches in the Town of Plymouth, Town of Greenwood, Mauston, and Hustler. Included are sacramental record books, and a photograph album and book of historical essays on the church Ladies Aid. Early records are in Norwegian. Photographs include images of the churches and parsonages, 1912-1937.
Fowler, Eldridge M. (Eldridge Merrick), 1833-1904 Title: Eldridge M. Fowler Papers, 1805-1931
Quantity: 11.9 c.f. (24 archives boxes, 9 flat boxes, and 3 oversize folders)
Call Number: McCormick Mss N
Abstract: Papers documenting the lumber and land-related business activities of Eldridge Fowler, brother of Nettie Fowler McCormick. Fowler was a highly successful timber baron in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. His companies included Fowler & Chapman of Bay City, Michigan. He was also president of the St. Anthony Lumber Company in Minnesota, and vice-president of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. Other business interests included investments in office buildings and docks in Chicago and Duluth; the H.W. Fowler Car Wheel Company; and the Tin Mountain (mining) Company in South Dakota.
Fox Valley Council of Governments Title: Fox Valley Council of Governments: Records, 1955-1972
Quantity: 3.6 c.f. (9 archives boxes)
Call Number: Series 2369
Abstract: Proceedings, correspondence, publications, and files of individual officers, committees, organizations, and workshops of the Fox Valley Council of Governments and its predecessor, the Fox Valley Regional Planning Commission, the planning agency for Wisconsin's Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties. The bulk of the records consist of proceedings and publications.
Fox Valley Livestock Cooperative Title: Fox Valley Livestock Cooperative Records, 1948-1969
Quantity: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box)
Call Number: Oshkosh Mss BS
Abstract: Records of a livestock purchasing cooperative organized in Ripon, Wisconsin, among other area cooperatives, under the auspices of the Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association. Included are minutes, financial and audit reports, and scattered financial and stock records.
Fox Valley Water Quality Planning Agency Title: Fox Valley Water Quality Planning Agency Records, 1976-1984
Quantity: 4.0 c.f. (3 record center cartons and 3 archives boxes)
Call Number: M90-083; M2012-101
Abstract: Records compiled by William Nelson and Jack Jaynes, employees of Green Bay Packaging Corporation (Wisconsin) and industrial members of the Fox Valley Water Quality Planning Agency’s Industry Rivers Study Committee (IRSC). The Agency, funded by the federal government and five counties along the Fox River, was established in response to the 1972 Water Pollution Control Act. Industrial members of the Agency included most of the major paper companies in Wisconsin. The IRSC collected a variety of data on the river and developed models concerning wasteload allocation and pollution control. Included are minutes of committee meetings, notes taken at meetings, correspondence, memos, newsletters, reports, technical data, presentations to the Natural Resources Board, clippings, and proposals.
Fox, Ruth Mary, 1891- Title: Ruth Mary Fox Papers, 1911-1976
Quantity: .6 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 100
Abstract: Collection of a former English teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee which largely consists of her works of religious poetry. Other materials include a biographical file, correspondence and reviews of her poetry books, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings.

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