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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1954

Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L.
Introduction,   pp. [xi]-xii PDF (435.7 KB)

Page [xi]

J    HE 1954 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book marks the
     one hundred and first year of publication. Issued on an
annual basis from 1853 to 1884, it has since appeared biennially.
  The differences between the volume of 1853 and the 1954
edition reflect in a measure the vast expansion in state govern-
ment activity in the past century. The physical characteristics
of the book improved in that period of time as the nature of the
printing process changed. More important, however, the content
of the successive issues of the book reflects the transition from
the fledgling state with great potentiality and few accomplish-
ments to the firmly established agency of government recognized
for its leadership in many fields.
  In 1853 it took slightly more than 100 pages to describe what
was considered the essentials of Wisconsin state government.
Today, after omitting many of the items included in 1853 which
are now published elsewhere, it is difficult to provide a reason-
ably comprehensive picture of the essential activities in 800
   It is interesting to note, for example, in this period when
financing state government is a critical problem, that in 1853
the chief executive of the state was paid $1,250 and the highest
paid state officer was the Bank Comptroller, a position no longer
provided, who got $2,000 as did the three Supreme Court Justices
who were selected for the first time in that year.
   Although the material between the covers of the Blue Book
 has changed drastically in the past 100 years, the objective of
 the volume to supply impartial and accurate information about
 the state to the citizens of Wisconsin in general and the youth
 of the state in particular has remained constant.

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