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WEKZ (Radio Station: Monroe, Wis.) Title: WEKZ (Radio Station: Monroe, Wis.) Records, 1950-1968
Quantity: 1.2 c.f. (3 archives boxes)
Call Number: U.S. Mss 146AF
Abstract: Records of a Monroe, Wisconsin radio station begun in 1950. One-third of the collection consists of correspondence with advertisers and listeners, a topical file containing publicity and promotional items, a script of the dedication program, and related material. The balance is comprised of representative program logs, 1951-1967. Prominent correspondents include Harold Engel, Gaylord Nelson, and William Proxmire.
Meinert, Chick, (Donald) Title: Welcome to Goosetown, Wisconsin: The City that Made La Crosse Famous
Quantity: 0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Call Number: MISC MSS 096
Abstract: "Welcome to Goosetown, Wisconsin: The City that Made La Crosse Famous," written in 1992 by Chick Meinert.
Lee, Glenda Title: Welcome to Oak Grove Cemetery's Historic Mausoleum
Quantity: 0.02 cubic foot (1 folder)
Call Number: MISC MSS 241
Wales, Wellington, 1917-1966 Title: Wellington Wales Papers, 1940-1966
Quantity: 0.8 c.f. (2 archives boxes)
Call Number: U.S. Mss 110AF
Abstract: Papers of a newspaper reporter, editor, and combat photographer which are arranged as correspondence, educational records, writings, and miscellany. Correspondence related to writing for the Boston Herald and career advancement comprise three folders. Educational records include research, papers, notes, and exams from journalism courses at Columbia University, an unfinished novel written under the direction of Archibald MacLeish while Wales was a Nieman Fellow, and lecture notes for a journalism course he taught at Boston University. Wale's writings consist of articles prepared for the Auburn (N.Y.) Citizen-Advertiser, the Albany (N.Y) Knickerbocker News, and the New York Times. Of particular interest are his editorials in the Boston Herald on military affairs during the 1950's and on medicine. Other material in the collection includes a diary kept while he was a photo editor of military news releases in 1944 and miscellaneous biographical and reference materials.
Welsh Congregational Church (Bangor, Wis.) Title: Welsh Congregational Church (Bangor, Wis.) Records, 1855-1904
Quantity: 0.2 c.f. (1 archives box)
Call Number: La Crosse Mss BA
Abstract: Records of the Welsh Congregational Church, including bound volumes of minutes, financial records, and membership lists; Sunday School records in Welsh; and miscellaneous unbound papers.
Anderson, Wendell A., (Wendell Abraham), 1840-1929 Title: Wendell A. Anderson Papers
Physical Description: 1.0 cubic feet
Call Number: MSS E
Abstract: Wendell Abraham Anderson (1840-1929) was born in Gray, Maine. He received a medical degree in 1863, served in the Civil War, and moved to La Crosse in 1866, to set up a medical practice. He became involved in public service and politics. He was Chairman of the State Democratic Committee, U.S. Consul General in Montreal, and twice mayor of La Crosse, his first term running from 1899 to 1901, and the second from 1907 to 1909. These materials are from Anderson’s two terms as mayor of La Crosse from 1899-1901 and 1907-1909 and are really mayoral papers. The arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Most of subjects deal with civic improvement, and range from flood control to parks to police to automobiles
Anderson, Wendell A. (Wendell Abraham), 1840-1929 Title: Wendell A. Anderson Papers, 1855-1922
Quantity: 4.6 c.f. (14 archives boxes and 2 flat boxes)
Call Number: Wis Mss GS
Abstract: Papers, mainly 1875-1912, of Wendell Abraham Anderson, a La Crosse, Wisconsin physician, state Democratic Party leader, and United States consul in Montreal. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence received, 1875-1876, as chairman of the State Central Committee during the 1876 Presidential campaign. There are few papers from his second term as chairman, 1881-1885. Prominent political correspondents include Edward S. Bragg, Ammi R. R. Butler, George W. Cate, Nelson Dewey, James R. Doolittle, Conrad Krez, Alexander Mitchell, George H. Paul, George W. Peck, George B. Smith, William F. Vilas, E. C. Wall, and others. Other party records include statewide lists of supporters which are primarily undated. The only medical papers consist of reports prepared, 1862-1865, as surgeon for the 3rd Maryland Infantry. The earlier of these include names of individual soldiers, diagnoses, and the disposition of each case. Anderson was United States consul general at Montreal, 1885-1889 and 1893-1897, and this part of the collection contains some incoming correspondence and copies of personal letters sent, accounts of fees collected and personal expenses, some reports, and miscellaneous information on Canadian agriculture and industry. After 1906 there are minutes, correspondence, and mailings pertaining to the Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association of which Anderson, then mayor of La Crosse, was a vice-president. Also present is correspondence, 1886-1889, to and from his son, John Wendell Anderson while a member of Chi Psi fraternity at Cornell University and the University of Michigan.
Hall, Wendell, 1896-1969 Title: Wendell Hall Papers, 1915-1962
Quantity: 0.8 c.f. (2 archives boxes), 1 reel of microfilm (35mm), and 4 disc recordings
Call Number: U.S. Mss 50AF; Micro 641; Disc 26A-29A
Abstract: Papers of an early radio performer who was most famous for his composition “It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'.” The collection consists of biographical material and microfilmed scrapbooks, fan mail, miscellaneous printed matter, and recordings, including one with Milton Berle.
West Allis (Wis.). Clerk Title: West Allis (Wis.). Clerk: Subject Files, 1902-1983
Quantity: 29.2 c.f. (66 archives boxes and 3 record center cartons)
Call Number: Milwaukee Series 4
Abstract: Correspondence, banks reports, bids, contracts, petitions, ordinances, and claims relating to such city business as elections, appointments, taxes, finance, public works, parks, schools, sanitation, and traffic. Files for 1926-1927 and M-Z of 1932-1933 are missing.
West Allis (Wis.). Police Dept. Title: West Allis (Wis.). Police Dept.: Criminal Complaints Register, 1928-1963
Quantity: 3.0 c.f. (36 volumes)
Call Number: Milwaukee Series 13
Abstract: Record of complaints of alleged criminal offenses showing date, name of complainant, address, and a few words summarizing the details of the complaint. The complaints are listed by type of offense within two broad categories: crimes against persons and crimes against property. Included is a listing of complaints related to “labor trouble, riots and disturbances.”
West Allis (Wis.). Police Dept. Title: West Allis (Wis.). Police Dept.: Daily Communications Log, 1915-1963
Quantity: 28.0 c.f. (284 volumes)
Call Number: Milwaukee Series 12
Abstract: Milwaukee Police Dept. daily log of telephone calls and other communications from citizens and police officers with a summary record of the police response. The logs record primarily non-criminal incidents including family quarrels, lost children, traffic accidents, health emergencies, and a great variety of other situations.
West Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (La Crosse, Wis.). Title: West Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (La Crosse, Wisconsin) Records
General Physical Description: 0.1 cubic feet
Call Number: MSS 047, Micro 20
Abstract: These records are from the Colman Methodist Episcopal Church, organized Oct. 18, 1887, and renamed West Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in 1894. Asbury United Methodist Church in La Crosse was formed in 1945 as the result of a merger of the Salzer, First, and West Avenue Methodist congregations. The church records include members (official and probationers), 1887-ca. 1921; baptisms, 1887-1941; marriages, ca. 1887-1934; and burials, 1887-1921. All records were written in the English language.
West Bend (Wis.). Assessor Title: West Bend (Wis.). Assessor: Assessment Rolls, 1925-1945 , 1955-1970
Quantity: 5 reels of microfilm (35mm)
Call Number: Washington Series 14
Abstract: Assessment rolls covering both real property and personal property. Rolls show name of property owner; legal description of real property including land and improvements; classification of taxable personal property; assessed valuation of real property and taxable personal property; and taxes levied.
West Bend (Wis.). Common Council Title: West Bend (Wis.). Common Council: Council Proceedings, 1868-1929 , 1950-1976
Quantity: 3.6 c.f. (3 record center cartons, 1 archives box, and 1 oversize volume)
Call Number: Washington Series 4
Abstract: Minutes of regular and special meetings of the Common Council of the city and its predecessor, the Board of Trustees of the village of West Bend.
West Bend Company Title: West Bend Company Records, 1911-1989
Quantity: 46.0 cubic feet (91 archives boxes, 19 flat boxes), 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm), 49 reels of film, and 1 videorecording; plus additions of 476 photographs, 0.2 cubic feet of photographs, 2 drawings, and 3 pieces of ephemera
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 121; Milwaukee Micro 64; Micro 1156; PH 3780; PH 3853
Abstract: Records of a West Bend, Wisconsin, manufacturing firm best known for its production of aluminum cookware. Included are minutes; annual and other reports; financial records; union agreements; property, patent, and other legal records; materials on government production contracts; promotional materials; extensive product literature; other company publications; files on the Aluminum Wares Association; and photographs and films showing production processes, physical plant development, employees, sales techniques, and products. The records provide information on West Bend development of cookware, small appliances, outboard motors, military supplies, and other products; sex roles in advertising; marketing strategies; wartime conversion of industry; an employee home ownership program; and other topics. Also present is a scrapbook on the West Bend Country Club and home movies from 1948 trips to Cuba and Guatemala.
Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs;
Western Illinois University. College of Fine Arts;
Schuyler Arts Council;
American Folklife Center
Title: West Central Illinois Duck Decoy Carving Survey (Gregory Hansen) Collection and Schuyler Arts Folk Music Project Collection, 1987
Contents: Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections: Duck Decoy (Gregory Hansen): 1 notebook, 1 bundle, 36 audiocassettes, 28 contact sheets, 11 photographs, and 1,000 negatives; Schuyler Folk Music: 5 folders, 20 audiocassettes, 83 photographs
Unique Identifier: CSUMC0030-CG
Summary: Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections houses ethnographic documentation from two publicly-funded folk arts projects that occurred in 1987. They are accessible through the collection designations of “The Gregory Hansen Collection” and “The Schuyler Arts Folk Music Project Collection.” The Gregory Hansen Collection includes documentation of more than 30 duck decoy carvers in West Central Illinois along the lower Illinois and Rock rivers as well as a stretch of the Upper Mississippi River. Folklorist Gregory Hansen conducted the survey for the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs and the Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts. The documentation includes typescripts of interview information, recorded interviews, photographs and negatives, as well as a photo log with contact sheets. Musician Chris Vallilo, on behalf of the Schuyler Arts Council (Rushville, Illinois) in conjunction with the Illinois Arts Council and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, surveyed Schuyler County's folk music for the Schuyler Arts Folk Music Project. His work resulted in recorded interviews of 19 individuals and 6 performances, and includes notes, logs, photographs, permission forms, and completed interview transcripts.
West End Community Association (Milwaukee, Wis.), Office of the Executive Director Title: West End Community Association Records, 1972-1997
Quantity: 6.6 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 120
Abstract: Records of one of Milwaukee's oldest neighborhood groups that document its involvement in economic, business, and community development, residential improvement, and the effort to curb illegal liquor consumption and prostitution in Milwaukee. The West End Community Association, originally founded in July 1972 as a Latino organization, was established to work toward the economic, educational, and recreational betterment of the community and of the individuals within the neighborhood. The association serves the area of Milwaukee bounded by Wisconsin Avenue on the south, Highland Boulevard on the north, North 20th Street on the east, and Highway 41 on the west.
West End Community Council (Louisville, Ky.) Title: West End Community Council Records, 1963-1970
Quantity: 4.5 c.f. (11 archives boxes), 14 photographs, and 14 negatives
Call Number: Mss 554; PH Mss 554
Abstract: Records of a community organization from a racially-mixed area of Louisville, Kentucky, that operated from l963 to 1970, and which concerned itself with a number of social problems such as desegregation of housing and schools, urban renewal, welfare rights, the problems of youth, and environmental questions. The largest portion of the collection consists of correspondence, budgets, reports, applications, organizational records, minutes, and financial records relating to WECC's relations with other agencies. Other records include administrative and committee files, correspondence mainly concerning fundraising, and financial records.
- - - Title: “West Point” Films, 1956-1958
Quantity: 39 film reels and 1 videotape
Call Number: DB 960-DB 998; VBB 235
Abstract: Thirty-nine episodes of West Point, a half-hour anthology series that ran on CBS from October 5, 1956, until September 27, 1957, and on NBC from October 8, 1957, until July 1, 1958. The series is based on incidents in the training of West Point Academy cadets. All the films are 16 mm prints in black and white with sound. Each episode is approximately 950 feet long.
West Tennessee Voters Project Title: West Tennessee Voters Project Records, 1964-1966
Quantity: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box) and 1 tape recording
Call Number: Mss 245; Tape 298A
Abstract: Correspondence and subject files of the West Tennessee Voters Project (WTVP), formerly the Fayette County, Tennessee Project, concerning voter registration drives, discrimination in employment, school desegregation, and the formation of the Tennessee Freedom Labor Union in Tipton, Hayward, Fayette, and Hardeman Counties. On tape Z. A. Forrest and Annie L. Jackson, candidates for Hayward County magistrate in 1966, discuss their political careers with Jim Amory of the WTVP.
Tolvstad, Nancy Westerhouse Westerhouse family Title: Westerhuis/Westerhouse Family Papers
Quantity: 0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Call Number: MISC MSS 176
Abstract: Photocopies of accounts of the Westerhuis (later, Westerhouse) family emigration from Holland to the Town of Holland in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1853. More recent Westerhouse family information is also included.
Western Construction Company (La Crosse, Wis.). Title: Western Construction Company (La Crosse, Wisconsin) Record Book
Quantity: 0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Call Number: MISC MSS 186
Abstract: Record book of the Western Construction Company, dated 1911-1918, which includes articles of organization, minutes, and financial information. This company operated in La Crosse, Wisconsin, from 1911 through 1918.
Western Wisconsin Education Conference (La Crosse, Wis.) Title: Western Wisconsin Education Conference Records, 1909-1984
Quantity: 1.0 cubic feet (3 archives boxes)
Call Number: La Crosse Mss AI
Abstract: Records of a teachers' professional organization headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, including minutes of annual and board of directors meetings, programs for annual meetings, annual resolutions and financial reports, and its constitution. The name of the organization was changed from the Western Wisconsin Education Association to its present form at the 1975 annual meeting.
Western Wisconsin Schoolmasters Club Title: Western Wisconsin Schoolmasters Club Records, 1922-1957
Quantity: 0.8 c.f. (2 archives boxes)
Call Number: Wis Mss SZ
Abstract: Records of the Western Wisconsin Schoolmasters Club, organized in 1922 as the Principals Club of Western Wisconsin to provide contact among schoolmen of the area, to promote a spirit of professionalism, and to aid in solving common educational problems. The collection includes correspondence, 1922-1957; special project reports on extracurricular activities and philosophies of education; directories, 1923-1957; and other studies on such topics as remedial reading and high-school failures.
Marcou, David J.;
Western Wisconsin Technical College. Writing for Publication Class.
Title: Western Wisconsin Technical College, Writing for Publication Class Papers Relating to Celebrate! and Celebrate II: A Collection of Stories, Reminiscence, Poetry and Photography
Physical Description: 0.6 cubic feet
Call Number: MSS 113
Abstract: David J. Marcou, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, has worked as a writer, journalist, editor and photographer. He was the Western Wisconsin Technical College teacher and class advisor on the projects. This collection consists of drafts and proofs of the books Celebrate! A Collection of Stories, Reminiscence and Poetry (1997) and Celebrate II: A Collection of Stories, Reminiscence, Poetry and Photography (1999) both published by the Harry J. Olson Senior Center of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Coleman Technical Institute. Homemakers' Club. La Crosse Vocational Homemaking Club (La Crosse, Wis.). Western Wisconsin Technical Institute. Homemaker's Club. Title: Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, Homemaker's Club Records
Physical Description: 0.4 cubic foot
Call Number: MSS 149
Abstract: The Homemaker's Club records contain membership cards and a program from the 1955 state homemaking conference, in addition to club yearbooks, 1954-1983, which document the annual activities of the club and contain lists of club members. It is unclear exactly when the La Crosse Vocational Homemaker’s Club was formed, however mention of the group in La Crosse newspapers begins as early as April 1925. The club was affiliated with the La Crosse Vocational School. The club’s name was later changed along with the school’s to the Coleman Vocational Homemaker’s Club in 1963, and then to the Western Wisconsin Technical Institute Homemaker’s Club in 1968. The last known year of the club's existence was 1983.
Wetlands for Wildlife (Milwaukee, Wis.) Title: Wetlands for Wildlife Records, 1960-1966
Quantity: 4 boxes
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss BV
Abstract: Records of a national conservation corporation formed to raise funds for acquisition of wetlands; consisting primarily of correspondence concerning the organization, its purposes, and membership requests. Also included are miscellaneous business papers including by-laws, mimeographed reports of various conservation committees and meetings, and material concerning the organization's Milwaukee Sports Show booth.
Weyauwega (Waupaca County, Wis.: Town). Clerk. Title: Weyauwega (Waupaca County, Wis. : Town). Clerk: Town Records, 1852-1907
Quantity: 1 reel of microfilm (35mm)
Call Number: Waupaca Micro Series 1
Abstract: Proceedings of annual town meetings and meetings of the board of supervisors; registers of town and school district officers and overseers of highways with terms of office; bonds and oaths of office of town officers; register of orders drawn on the treasurer; index of chattel mortgages; apportionment of school funds; financial reports of the town board; liquor sellers' bonds; records of estrays and marks and brands; records and maps of school district and road district boundaries; and highway tax list. Arrangement: In volumes roughly representing chronological segments and thereunder by type of record.
Weyauwega Union Cooperative Title: Weyauwega Union Cooperative Records, 1918-1977
Quantity: 2 reels of microfilm (35mm)
Call Number: Micro 893; Stevens Point Micro 17
Abstract: Records of a farmers' cooperative organized originally by the American Society of Equity; including minutes of membership and directors meetings, income tax returns, annual audit reports, and a record book of Equity Local Union 8198 containing membership records and minutes, 1918-1923.

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