River Harvest Project Collection, 1987

Collection Summary

Title: River Harvest Project Collection
Dates: 1987

  • Highland Community College (Freeport, Ill.)
  • Dubuque County Historical Society (Dubuque, Iowa)
Unique Identifier: CSUMC00017-CG

Contents: National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium: 71 documents, 13 audiocassettes, 322 slides, 297 negatives, 16 contact sheets

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
432 East Campus Mall, Room 332
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Web site: http://csumc.wisc.edu

Archival Location:
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Map)

The River Harvest Project surveyed mainly Upper Mississippi River commercial fishing, clamming, and duck hunting traditions in 1987, including custom wooden and aluminum flatboat building, wooden duckboat building and duck decoy carving, net-fishing, hoop-net knitting as well as fish pickling and smoking. Folklorist Janet C. Gilmore formally interviewed over half of the c. 30 commercial fishermen, fish marketers, and boat builders that she visited on both sides of the river in northeastern Iowa, southwestern Wisconsin, and northwestern Illinois. The survey led to presentations in Iowa and Illinois, photo exhibits at Highland Community College and the Dubuque County Historical Society Museum, as well as commercial fishing demonstrations at the Dubuque County museum in concert with other programming.

Language: The records are in English.

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-csumc-csumc0017cg
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