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Wisconsin Library Services (Madison, WI 53715-1255)
Emily Pfotenhauer (Project Director: July 2017 to December 2021)
Listening to War: Digitizing Wisconsin's Wartime Oral Histories

The digitization of 1,100 oral history interviews, comprising 1,299 hours of sound recordings and 330 hours of moving images, pertaining to Wisconsin's experience in wartime during the 20th century.

Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) requests a grant of $147,534 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-year initiative to digitize, preserve and provide access to more than 1,100 oral history interviews documenting the lives of Wisconsin veterans and civilians during wartime. The proposed project builds on a yearlong planning project conducted by the Recollection Wisconsin collaborative statewide digital program, supported by an NEH Foundations grant. The Foundations project identified a range of hidden, at-risk analog and born-digital audio and video formats held by 22 small and mid-sized libraries, archives, historical societies and museums across Wisconsin. As program manager for the Recollection Wisconsin consortium, WiLS will work with partners including UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to extend the reach, visibility and useful life of these audiovisual recordings.

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Project fields:
Military History; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$135,000 (approved)
$135,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 7/31/2020