Advertisements from Wisconsin city directories, 1857-1921.
- Brigham and Co’s Fond du Lac Directory for 1857-58, Fond du Lac Public Library
- Madison City Directory and Business Advertiser for 1871-2, Madison Public Library
- Wright’s Directory of Appleton for 1887-88, Appleton Public Library
- Eau Claire City Directory 1899-1900, L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
- Wisconsin Rapids Directory, 1921, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
Logs for paper mills on the Fox River, 1901-1910.
The paper industry has been an important part of Wisconsin’s economy since the 1870s. Manufacturing paper from wood pulp requires lots of trees, but it also requires lots of water. The natural advantages of the Fox River made the Fox Valley cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Neenah and Menasha some of the largest paper producers in the Midwest.
Men and women at a picnic table, Appleton, Wisconsin, ca. 1910.
Glass negative by Chester Allen, an Appleton native and amateur photographer who graduated from Lawrence University in 1912. 89 of Allen’s photographs are housed at the Lawrence University archives; 58 of those photos are available online.
Best Loved women, 1937
In a tradition in place for several decades at Lawrence University in Appleton, the four senior women voted “Best Loved” by their classmates attended a banquet dressed in costume as George and Martha Washington and James and Dolly Madison. At the first “Best Loved” banquet in 1924, guests offered toasts to the Boston Tea Party, Valley Forge and the framing of the Constitution.
read more: Judy Dixon, “Best Loved,” Lawrence University News Bureau, 1967 by way of Lawrence University Archives