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Bacon and Lewis (Firm) Title: Bacon and Lewis Records, 1805-1870
Quantity: 2.4 c.f. (3 archives boxes and 6 volumes)
Call Number: McCormick Mss BF
Abstract: Financial records of a general merchandise firm operated by A. Sidney Bacon and (William C.) Lewis at Lexington, Virginia, mainly in the 1850s. These men also appear to have operated the Washington Hotel which they supplied from their general store. The volumes record the names of customers, their purchases, and bills; items furnished to the hotel; and the general accounts of the company. Some volumes include an index to customers' names and some volumes make reference to James D. Davidson who seems to have lent Bacon and Lewis some capital for the start of their joint venture (Vol. 2, 1850-1853). Volume 5, 1854-1855, is the daybook of “Bacon and Jordan transferred to Bacon and Lewis.” Volume 4, 1852-1870, is the record kept by Lewis during his work as Commissioner of the Rockbridge County Court and shows fees received for managing executors' sales, etc.
Badger Flyers Title: Badger Flyers Records, 1928-1956
Quantity: .2 cubic ft. (1 box)
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 202
Abstract: Records of the Badger Flyers and the Wisconsin Dairy and Ice Cream Supply Men's Association, dating from 1928-1956. Advertisements for their annual convention and meeting notes from annual general meetings and executive meetings comprise the bulk of the collection.
Badger State Folklore Society Title: Badger State Folklore Society Records, 1946-1956
Quantity: 1.2 c.f. (3 archives boxes)
Call Number: Mss 174
Abstract: Records of the Badger State Folklore Society, an organization designed to encourage the collection, preservation, and publication of Wisconsin folklore. Included are correspondence, folk tales, and a subject file. The correspondence documents the Society's initial organization and internal operation; discussions about the intended scope and focus of the group; efforts to solicit membership; the problems the Society faced in publishing Badger Folklore; and its attempts to popularize folklore by organizing ethnic exhibits and sponsoring speakers, folk plays, and folk dancing. The folktales are composed of essays on various ethnic customs, local legends, place names, and cemetery inscriptions not only in Wisconsin but throughout the United States.
Badger Theatre (Stoughton, Wis.) Title: Badger Theatre Records, 1917-1957
Quantity: 2.0 c.f. (4 archives boxes and 1 flat box)
Call Number: U.S. Mss 186AN
Abstract: Financial records, correspondence, and other papers documenting the history and daily operations of the Badger Theatre, Stoughton, Wisconsin. Among the correspondence are letters to Charles Guelson and Gust Roe, managers of the theater during the 1920's. Other records include a file on the Allied Independent Theatres of Wisconsin, booking agreements, income tax records, flyers advertising coming films, insurance policies, and a small file concerning Badger Confections.
Baetz Family Title: Baetz Family Papers, 1828-1963
Quantity: 0.8 c.f. (2 archives boxes) and 242 photographs (1 archives box)
Call Number: Green Bay Mss 134; PH Green Bay Mss 134
Abstract: Personal and business papers of a Two Rivers, Wis. family which operated a local newspaper, The Two Rivers Reporter, the Baetz Printing Co., and the Baetz Land Co. The bulk of the collection consists of the personal papers of Arthur and Ella Estey Baetz and their children. This consists of correspondence, family newsclippings, programs and memorabilia relating to various schools and colleges attended, family recipes, a 1951 diary of Ella's, materials relating to the Baetz and Estey families, obituaries, and miscellaneous items. There are also scattered records relating to the newspaper, printing company, and rental property. Of particular interest, are letters written home by the four Baetz children including daughters Margaret and Gertrude who attended college, pursuing nursing careers, and son Arthur Byron who became Head of Printing and Binding at Northland College in Ashland. The letters written by both Margaret and Gertrude discuss nursing education, medical practice, college life, and their later work as registered nurses. There are also some letters written by Margaret while she served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. The Baetz photographs are primarily of family, but also include images of Stout Typographical Society field trips (Stout Institute, Menomonie, Wis.), World War II in the South Pacific, burning of the Baetz home, Northland College, and hospital and nursing scenes.
Baker Land and Title Company (Saint Croix Falls, Wis.) Title: Baker Land and Title Company Records, 1879-1958
Quantity: 7.6 c.f. (7 archives boxes, 2 flat boxes, and 28 volumes), 33 reels of microfilm (35mm), and 2 cassette tape recordings
Call Number: River Falls Mss AZ; River Falls Micro 167; Micro 2062; Tape 139A
Abstract: Business records of an early St. Croix Valley land speculation office which evolved into a general real estate agency, and personal papers of agency owner Harry D. Baker. Originally known as the Cushing Land Agency, the company was established in 1854 to manage the land and water power investments of Caleb Cushing, a Massachusetts lawyer. Included are detailed financial records, letterbooks and a few client case files, records relating to land acquisition and sale, occasional administrative and advertising papers, and some maps which document the transition from an agency chiefly involved with timber cutover land sales for agricultural purposes to one selling developed farms and vacation lake homes. Harry D. Baker in 1893 joined his father, agency owner Joseph Stannard Baker, in the firm's management where he worked until 1966. Harry Baker's papers document his civic involvement in St. Croix Falls and regional communities and relate to the First Presbyterian Church, Red Cross and county assistance following a 1922 tornado, Polk County Council of Defense during World War I, and establishment of Interstate Park at the St. Croix River Dalles, Wisconsin's first state park. Reminiscences about the land agency, his childhood, father J. S., First Presbyterian Church, and Interstate Park are in a tape-recorded interview with Baker and a series of letters which Baker wrote to his long-deceased brother Clarence. An unpublished booklet containing recorded dialect renditions of stories told by Swedish immigrant Olag Strandberg is also part of the collection.
Bartlett, Eliot Fitch Title: Ball-Bartlett-Fitch Family Papers, 1889-1992
Quantity: 2.4 c.f. (6 archives boxes) and 93 photographs
Call Number: Mss 991; PH Mss 991
Abstract: Papers compiled by Eliot Fitch Bartlett on various members of the Ball, Bartlett, and Fitch families of Milwaukee (Wis.) and Massachusetts, spanning three generations and consisting of correspondence, news clippings, genealogical materials, and photographs. The papers reflect Eliot Fitch Bartlett's involvement in local politics, social activism, and veterans' affairs including his membership in the American Veterans Committee and the Concord (Mass.) Democratic Town Committee. The correspondence between family members comprises the bulk of the collection documenting life among a socially prominent, upper-middle class family from the 1920s until the 1970s and concerns school experiences, women's suffrage, vacations, family events, and daily life. Also included are numerous news clippings and other biographical materials about individual family members particularly Eliot Fitch Bartlett's mother, Ruth Fitch Mason (1890-1974), a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and respected poet, and her mother, Eliza Eliot Fitch. In addition, there is one box of photographs consisting of individual and group photographs of Eliot F. Bartlett, Ruth Mason, Grant Fitch, Walter Scott Bartlett Jr., and the Fitch home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as well as other miscellaneous and unidentified photographs. Finally, there is a small amount of genealogical material for the Allis, Cobb, Robbins, Laning, Mason, Moore, and Whetten families.
Ballard, Anson, 1821-1873; ;
Edwards, Nathaniel, b. 1837
Title: Ballard-Edwards Papers, 1838-1874
Quantity: 2.4 c.f. (3 archives boxes and 3 flat boxes)
Call Number: Green Bay Mss 19
Abstract: Papers of Anson Ballard and Nathaniel Edwards, first and second husbands of Harriet M. Story of Appleton, Wis. Ballard's papers include correspondence exchanged with fraternity brothers at Hamilton College in the 1840s and with Perry H. Smith, his law partner in Appleton. A few papers relate to his extensive landholdings in Outagamie County and to his establishment and endowment of an infant school in Appleton. Edwards' papers contain correspondence relating to his work as a consulting engineer, particularly his work on the Fox and Wisconsin River Canal after 1866. A series of letters to and from the law firm of Stevens and Flower in Madison deals with railroad and other business interests. Other correspondence relates to the operations of a planing mill which he and two partners owned until its failure in 1872. Letters of his first wife, Laura M. Whittlesey, are also included.
Bantry Sister City Organization. Title: Bantry Sister City Organization Minutes
Quantity: 0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Call Number: MISC MSS 203
Abstract: Meeting minutes of the Bantry Sister City Organization, 2005-2006; this organization met to discuss ways to improve the sister city relationship between Bantry, Ireland and La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Fishel, Barbara A., 1918-1986 Title: Barbara A. Fishel Papers, 1951-1965
Quantity: 6.2 c.f. (16 archives boxes)
Call Number: Mss 793
Abstract: Papers of Barbara A. Fishel, a production assistant for radio and television; consisting of annotated mimeograph scripts, timing sheets, schedules, cast lists, and other production material for NBC variety and musical programs such as the Bob Hope Buick Show, Colgate Comedy Hour, Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Jerry Lewis Show, Saturday Night Review, and Up to Paar.
Gronemus, Barbara, 1931- Title: Barbara Gronemus Papers, 1982-2008
Quantity: 3.4 c.f. (3 record center cartons and 1 archives box), 17 photographs, 1 compact disc, and 1 videorecording
Call Number: M2010-100
Abstract: Files of Barbara Gronemus, a Democrat who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly (1982-2008) representing Wisconsin's 91st Assembly district, which includes the counties of Buffalo, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, and Trempealeau. Gronemus was the first female chairman of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. The bulk of the collection consists of Working For You newsletters to constituents, detailing specific issues and bills of importance at that time. There are very few subject files or campaign materials present in the collection.
Lorman, Barbara K., 1932- Title: Barbara K. Lorman Papers, 1981-1994
Quantity: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box) and 15 photographs
Call Number: Whitewater Mss BZ; PH Whitewater Mss BZ
Abstract: Brief papers of Wisconsin State Senator Barbara K. Lorman, a Republican who represented the 13th senate district in southeastern Wisconsin from 1980 to 1994. Included are files about her work on legislation concerning drug and alcohol education for children, chronic renal disease, farm safety, repeat drunk drivers, incarcerated women with children, the U.S.S. Wisconsin, and a U.S. postal stamp commemorating James Earl Fraser's “End of the Trail” statue in Waupun. Files contain press releases, clippings, correspondence, photographs, bill analyses, and reports. The collection also includes campaign materials and copies of Lorman's constituent newsletters. Photographs show mainly bill signings but also include Lorman visiting a school and receiving an award from the Kidney Foundation.
Ulichny, Barbara L., 1947- Title: Barbara L. Ulichny Papers, 1977-1992
Quantity: 8.6 c.f. (8 record center cartons, 2 archives boxes) and 3 reels of microfilm (35mm)
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 158; Milwaukee Micro 73; Micro 2054
Abstract: Papers of State Senator Barbara Ulichny, a Democrat who has represented Wisconsin's 4th Senate District since 1984 and who previously served in the Assembly (1978-1984). Included are general subject files and issues files from her terms as senator containing correspondence, draft legislation, reports, clippings, meeting notes, and other collected reference information; speeches; press releases; and press clippings. Issues files, which generally reflect Ulichny's committee assignments, concern topics such as economic development, education, historic preservation (including Taliesin and records from her service on the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board), nursing homes, small business, Wisconsin's Marital Property Act, and transportation. Most of the general files and issues files date from about 1989 to 1991; speeches and press releases span 1977 to 1992. Speeches (including drafts and notes) and press releases are available only on microfilm.
- - - Title: Barefoot in the Park Films, 1970-1971
Quantity: 7 film reels (16 mm)
Call Number: CC 121-CC 127
Abstract: This collection consists of seven episodes from the half-hour television program Barefoot in the Park, which was produced by Paramount Television and aired on ABC from 1970-1971. This sitcom was based upon a play by Neil Simon, detailing the initial years of marriage between attorney Paul Bratter and his wife Corie, who lived together in a tiny studio apartment in New York City. The series cast is predominantly African-American, making it the first American television sitcom since Amos 'n' Andy to have a predominantly black cast.
Sanders, Barkev S., 1903- Title: Barkev S. Sanders Papers, 1926-1976
Quantity: 13.0 c.f. (34 archives boxes) and 1 photograph (1 folder)
Call Number: Mss 775; PH 6690
Abstract: Papers of Barkev S. Sanders, a statistician and research consultant whose career included positions with the Bureau of Research and Statistics of the Social Security Administration (1937-1950) and the United States Public Health Service (1956-1964). Included are writings, lengthy research memoranda, and reports; administrative files and correspondence; statistical data; and subject files pertaining to topics such as disability insurance, family composition, Social Security legislation, implementation of Social Security in Japan, national health insurance, the Rhode Island cash disability program, and the relative merit of morbidity and mortality rates in measuring community health. Freelance research files concern Medicare cost estimation, the relationship between patents and economic conditions, the retirement program of the United Mine Workers, the effect of radiation on the health of atomic energy workers, Selective Service rejection rates, and many other topics. Limited personal papers consist of correspondence with friends (such as S. Colum Gilfillan) and family (some in Armenian), material relating to his dissertation, and curriculum materials on college courses taught. Also included is an image of Sanders.
Barland Family Title: Barland Family Papers, 1825-2008
Quantity: 6.4 c.f. (11 archives boxes and 5 flat boxes), 5 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and 51 photographs; plus additions of 2.4 c.f. and 178 photographs
Call Number: Eau Claire Mss AG; Eau Claire Micro 35; Eau Claire Micro 19; Micro 34; Micro 956; PH 4963; M2004-230; M2005-055; M2010-112; M2013-153
Abstract: Personal and business papers of three generations of the Barlands, a family with strong ties to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, together with papers of several related families, the Newlands, the Reads, the Schlegelmilchs, and the Wilsons. Included are personal letters, diaries, photographs, financial records, and genealogical materials. The papers document the life of Thomas Barland, a minister and inventor who emigrated from Scotland to Illinois and then to Eau Claire (1853). Barland's correspondence discusses pioneer life in Illinois and Wisconsin, the Civil War, slavery, and his religious views. Also documented are Barland's sisters, Betsy Barland Moffat and Jessie Barland Newlands Moore, the mother of Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada; Thomas' son John C. Barland, a Civil War soldier and dairy farmer; John's son, T. Gordon Barland, a prominent Eau Claire banker; and John's daughter Agnes Barland McDaniel, a missionary nurse. Noteworthy among the photographs are two snapshots of Agnes Barland McDaniel taken in Siam in the 1920s.
Barnett Family Title: Barnett Family: Family and Business Papers, 1906-1971
Quantity: 0.6 c.f. (2 archives boxes)
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 21
Abstract: Family and business records from three generations of a Milwaukee Jewish family. Isaac Barnett, who founded the family's textile business, was a Lithuanian immigrant who settled in Milwaukee in 1902 and founded the Barnett Woolen Mills around 1913. The business papers describe the company's 1938 bankruptcy and subsequent reorganization, and activities of another family business, the Muskego Company. The family papers include some genealogical information and letters written after World War II between Israel Barnett and the family's European cousins: Rabbi Saul Schenker, who had survived imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp, and Jenny Trachtenberg, both of whom were then living in France.
Spott, Barney F. (Bronislaw Francis), 1898-1975 Title: Barney F. Spott Papers, 1906-1975
Quantity: 0.8 c.f. (2 archives boxes) and 1 reel of microfilm (35mm)
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 41; Milwaukee Micro 34; Micro 907
Abstract: Papers of Spott, a Milwaukee real estate man and State Assemblyman from the 13th District (1927-29) who served in the Polish Army in World War I and was active in various veterans and civic organizations. Included are personal and family biographies and papers, photographs of Spott and other veterans, his World War I journal, financial records, and drafts of his speeches to various civic groups. Also present are legal materials prepared or secured by Spott from the Polish consulate for members of the Milwaukee Polish community, and a microfilmed scrapbook about veterans' affairs.
Barre Mills Co-operative Creamery (Barre Mills, Wis.). Title: Barre Mills Co-operative Creamery Financial Records
Physical Description: 1.0 cubic foot
Call Number: MSS 090
Abstract: The Bostwick Valley Creamery was in operation by 1907. During its existence, it became a cooperative and the name was changed to the Barre Mills Co-operative Creamery. The Creamery was in business at least until the late 1950s. Fred C. Miller was manager of the Creamery in 1959. This collection of financial materials includes account ledgers from the Creamery from 1928-1957.
McGurn, Barrett, 1914-2010 Title: Barrett McGurn Papers, 1939-1966
Quantity: 3.6 cubic feet (9 archives boxes) and 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder) of photographs
Call Number: U.S. Mss 149AF; PH 4586
Abstract: Papers of Barrett McGurn, an author and journalist associated with the New York Herald Tribune, 1935-1966, as a reporter and foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, and Moscow. Coverage is better for his later years as a journalist and for his presidency of the Overseas Press Club. Representing his tenure with the Herald Tribune are stories posted during various overseas assignments; an interview with an Italian foreign minister, 1960; reports of a Vatican informant; questionnaires on the Roman Catholic ecumenical movement; background surveys, interviews, and reports for a 1965 award-winning series on New York City; and copies of articles, 1962-1966. Related to this section is a file of notes and notebooks arranged by subject and a collection of free-lance writings which includes a draft of Decade in Europe (1959), a printed copy and review of A Reporter Looks at the Vatican (1962), and articles for several periodicals. The OPC material includes correspondence, memoranda, drafts of articles for the club's bulletin, minutes, financial data, and miscellaneous information concerning McGurn's presidency. The remainder of the collection consists of general correspondence, memoranda, speeches, and files on other public appearances.
Barron County (Wis.). Treasurer Title: Barron County (Wis.). Treasurer: Property Tax Rolls, 1868-1990
Quantity: 56 reels of microfilm (35 mm) and 42.0 c.f. (249 volumes)
Call Number: Barron Series 6
Abstract: Tax rolls showing name of owner, land description, acreage, valuation of real and personal property, amount of taxes, date and amount of payment, and by whom paid. Scattered years through 1957 and every fifth year, 1960-1990.
Conners, Barry, 1882-1933 Title: Barry Conners Papers, 1913-1927, 2001
Quantity: 1.0 c.f. (3 archives boxes) and 14 photographs
Call Number: M2004-239
Abstract: Papers of Barry Conners (1882-1933), a playwright and vaudeville entertainer, documenting play openings, reviews, and interviews with Conners. The scrapbooks consist of photographs and news clippings about performers and performances of some of Conners' plays. Also included is documentation of Conners' involvement with the White Rats Actors' Union, and his personal writings about the union. The bulk of the collection consists of scripts from plays and radio broadcasts written by Conners, including early drafts and completed manuscripts. The photographs include images of Conners, billboards announcing his plays, assorted friends from the vaudeville community, and family members. Also included is a biography entitled “My Grandfather's Trunk,” by Conners' grandson, Barry Rohan.
- - - Title: “Bat Masterson” Films, 1958-1961
Quantity: 108 film reels
Call Number: DA 091-DA 198
Abstract: One hundred-eight episodes of Bat Masterson, a half-hour western series that ran from 1958 to 1961 on NBC about an itinerant lawman who roamed the West in the 1880s. All the films are 16 mm prints in black and white and color with sound. Each episode is approximately 950 feet long.
Bay Area Community Council (Green Bay, Wis.) Title: Bay Area Community Council Records, 1991-2012
Quantity: 3.4 cubic feet (3 records center cartons and 1 archives box)
Call Number: Green Bay Mss 201
Abstract: Records of the Bay Area Community Council (BACC), an organization founded in 1990 with the mission to unite business, government, and non-profit organizations to improve the local communities. The records consist of board and committee minutes, studies and project files, surveys, activities and events, and conference files as well as documentation on the BACC's Alcohol Abuse Task Force and Immigration Task Force.
Bay Area Student Committee to Abolish the House Committee on Un-American Activities Title: Bay Area Student Committee to Abolish the House Committee on Un-American Activities Records, 1958-1965
Quantity: 4.0 c.f. (11 archives boxes)
Call Number: Mss 90
Abstract: Records of an organization (1960-1964) of students from the San Francisco area that was active in both national and local opposition to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Much of the collection focuses on BASCAHCUA's exposé of the biased representation of a 1960 anti-HUAC demonstration in San Francisco that appeared in the film Operation Abolition. Organizational and operational records consist of internal and external correspondence, financial records, public relations materials, legal material, minutes, and agenda. The internal correspondence between officers Burton White and Irving Hall reflects the dissatisfaction felt by San Francisco members with White's neglect of them in favor of national activities. In the external correspondence there are letters from Aubrey Williams and James Roosevelt. Five boxes comprise a reference file of newspaper clippings and printed matter on related topics.

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