Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book
Wisconsin in 1958, pp. - PDF (45.4 MB)
WISCONSIN IN 1958 Introduction Although literally thousands of articles have been written describ- ing the social, economic and polit- ical life of Wisconsin, there are few items which have been pro- duced in such quantity that they are readily accessible to the con- tinuing parade of people, both young and old, who seek such data. Each year a new crop of Wisconsin youngsters reaches the age at which their formal edu- cational program dictates or their ... . 4-VV .- . -.. .. . . . . -&U ý. 4- 4. 7.' 1 r__ .. . . curiosity urges tuiuitnLyiy eaLrL something about the environment in which they live. To this must be added thousands of youngsters of other states who also seek information about this and other states. Many adults likewise seek such data for a variety of purposes ranging from the determination of whether Wisconsin would be a good place to live to finding the answers to TV and radio quiz questions. There is an ever-present need for a broad and readily accessible source of some substantial data on Wisconsin to meet the recurring requests for information about the state. Some efforts to solve this problem have been made in the past by agencies of the state. The 1942 Blue Book contained an article "Your State - Wisconsin" which sought to provide some basic data in a few pages. The distribution of this article was facilitated by reprinting. The second over-all view of Wisconsin prepared in re- cent years was "A Picture of Wisconsin" published in 1945 by the State Planning Board. Its purpose was "to present what Wisconsin possesses in basic physical resources, show the use that is being made of them, and indicate the principal activities through which Wisconsin people obtain their livelihood. It is in the nature of an appraisal of Wisconsin's production capacity, as indicated by its late prewar record, and the resources, both native and imported, that are the foundation of that record . . .". In 1951 the State Planning Board issued a pamphlet entitled "Wisconsin, the Badger State" which purported to be "a brief presentation of facts regard- ing its population, geography, agriculture, industry and resources." This pamphlet likewise went through several reprints and was dis- tributed widely to schools.
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