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Phi Alpha Theta records, 1962-1993.

  • Series 103
  • collection
  • 1962-1993.

Phi Alpha Theta is an honorary society for historians. The Lambda Nu chapter at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was organized in 1966.

Grant's Office Department Records, 1976-1981.

  • Series 139
  • collection
  • 1976-1981.

The Grants Office was established in 1976. It grew out of a faculty committee. This collection contains several different types of grants, denials, lists of sabbatical leave recipients, and includes materials from the early 1970?s, before the Grants Office was a stand-alone entity on campus.

University of Wisconsin--River Falls. Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs. (1976)

Grant's Office Department Records, 1976-1981.

  • Series 139
  • collection
  • 1976-1981.

The Grants Office was established in 1976. It grew out of a faculty committee. This collection contains several different types of grants, denials, lists of sabbatical leave recipients, and includes materials from the early 1970?s, before the Grants Office was a stand-alone entity on campus.

University of Wisconsin--River Falls. Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs. (1976)

Physical Education Department subject files, 1913-1996.

  • Series 76
  • collection

This is an artificial series created from a number of different sources dealing with physical education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Items in this series include departmental handbooks; pageants and exercizes used in women's PE (1930's); programs and promotional material (1915- ); fundraising proposals (1994-1996); alumni lists (1952-1986); and female "R" award winners (1975-1980).

University of Wisconsin--River Falls. College of Education. (1913)

Henry H. Sibley papers

  • US ARC 2022-03-31/8
  • collection
  • 1826-1848

Papers of Minnesota's first governor during his years as a fur trader, consisting primarily of correspondence among the various American Fur Company agents located in the Wisconsin Territory. Correspondence concerns internal company business; business with Hudson's Bay Fur Company; company agreements with the Dakota Indians; company interest in United States government treaties with the Dakota, Ojibwa, and Winnebago Indians; attempts by the company to prevent war between the Dakota and the Sauk and Fox Indians; relations with missionaries to the Indians of the region; and company disputes with Indian agents Henry R. Schoolcraft and Lawrence Taliaferro.
Correspondents prominent in the early history of Minnesota and Wisconsin include William Aitken, Frederick Ayer, Alexis Bailly, Bernard Brisbois, Ramsay Crooks, Henry Dodge, James Doty, Hercules Dousman, Jean Faribault, Alexander Faribault, Joseph Nicollet, Henry Rice, Joseph Rolette, Henry Schoolcraft, Lawrence Taliaferro, and Lyman Warren.

Sibley, Henry Hastings

Photographs of Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties

  • US ARC ARC 1999.001
  • collection
  • 1860 - 2005

Miscellaneous photographs and postcards, mainly duplicates and photocopies of originals, displaying places, people, businesses, buildings, and scenery in the four county region (Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties) of Wisconsin.

Visual material By University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives and Area Research Center (1860)

Charles Francis Smith photographs, 1887-1893

  • US ARC ARC 1999.006
  • collection
  • 1887-1893

Photographs created by Charles Francis Smith of houses and families in the vicinity of Elmwood, Wisconsin, circa 1887-1893. Also included are index cards with detailed descriptions for many, but not all, of the included images.

Smith, Charles Francis

Hudson High School yearbook photographs

  • US ARC ARC 2017.029.002
  • collection
  • 1972

A collection of photographs (16 pages and 2 loose) pasted onto contact paper that appear to have been the working copies for publication in True Blue, Hudson High School's annual yearbook. |b The original folder was labeled "1972 graduation". At the time of cataloging, the published issue of the 1972 True Blue yearbook was unavailable for comparison.

Hudson High School (Wis.)

Mark Wyman papers

  • US ARC ARC 2020.001
  • collection
  • 2020

Research and annotated resources related to two of Wyman's publications: "The Wisconsin Frontier", published 1998 by Indiana University Press and "Kinnickinnic Country : River Falls in the forties and fifties", published in 2010 by PrintArt, with assistance from Don Richards.

Walker "Mark" Demarquis Wyman, Jr. (1939-) was born in River Falls, Wisconsin to Walker D. and Helen B. (nee ) Wyman. He attended the Ames Laboratory School on the campus of what was then called the River Falls State Teachers College (RFSTC), now known as University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), where his father served in several leadership roles.

Dr. Wyman served 35 years as a professor in the Department of History at Illinois State University and is the author of eight books and numerous essays and articles. Wyman's scholarly focus is on labor, cultural, and social history.

Mark Wyman

Ruth Ellen Thompson and David Orlin Afdahl family papers

  • US ARC ARC 2021.008
  • collection
  • 1927-2002

Includes biographical information on Thompson family (circa 2002); Clippings and other ephemera (undated, 1936-1984); Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and farming professional involvement (1957-1973); Farm conservation plans (1943, 1978); and Photographs of David Afdahl family (undated, circa 1927-1945) and Ruth Ellen Thompson (undated, circa 1934 and 1947).

David Orlin Afdahl (July 14, 1927-March 7, 2005) was born to Herman N. (1904-1984) and Gladys, nee Owens, Afdahl (1902-1964), the oldest of three children. David grew up on the family farm southwest of Hammond in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. David was graduated from Baldwin High School and attended UW-River Falls (then River Falls State Teacher's College), where he graduated with a degree in agricultural education. ǂb Ruth Ellen Thompson (1934-2017) was born to Margaret Norma Tubman (1910-2003) and Otto Emil Thompson (1906-2000), the second oldest of three girls. She attended Clear Lake High School, Wisconsin and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Ruth "Ruthie" and David were married on August 22, 1953 in Spring Valley. The couple had four children and worked as dairy farmers on the Afdahl family farm. David "Dave" Afdahl was professionally active and held various positions on the Wisconsin Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative (affiliation of Dairy Herd Improvement Association) over the length of his farming career.

Afdahl, Joel

Polk County Fair Society. Minute book. 1911-1940.

  • US ARC ARC 2021.023
  • collection
  • 1911-1940

Meeting minute book (1911-1940) of Polk County Fair Society, organized in 1894 and deeded the present Polk County Fair Grounds land in 1900.

Christian P. Junkman family papers

  • US ARC ARC 2021.025.001
  • collection
  • 1846-1992, 2021

Christian and Anna Junkman papers and photographs (undated, 1846-1918, 2021) include materials relating to Anna's parents and siblings, the extended Cope family, and well as Christian's father, William; Glen Junkman and family papers and photographs (1911-1992), also include papers of their daughter, Mary Lorenzen; Estella Clarke (nee Junkman) papers and photographs (1864-1945, 2021) also contain materials related to her husband, William, including the Clark, White, and Ingli families.

Junkman, Christian P.

John W. Stayberg WWII military service correspondence

  • US ARC ARC 2022.036
  • collection
  • 1943-1944

Mainly letters (1943-1944) from mother, Karine, sent to John W. Stayberg, while serving in the military during World War II. Topics generally cover everyday activities happening around town and in life. Also includes correspondence from family and friends in the Hudson and Twin Cities metropolitan area and military colleagues, as well as any associated clippings sent with the correspondence. Also included is a short biography on Stayberg and reminiscences about how the archival collection came to be held by donor, Nancy Hawkinson (1999).

John "Bubbs" Winston Stayberg was born in Hudson, Wisconsin on May 8, 1923, the third and youngest child of Karine Marie (nee Jenson) and John Arnt Stayberg. John graduated from Hudson High School in 1941 and worked for Brown & Bigelow , a well-known printing company located in St. Paul, Minnesota, following high school. On June 30th, 1942, John W. Stayberg registered for the military draft, and was enlisted on February 4th, 1943. Stayberg served for 27 months, earning the rank of Corporal while serving with the 16th A. I. B. (Allied Intelligence Bureau), 13th Armored Division. He was reported missing in action April 30, 1945, and died from injuries sustained May 6, 1945 in Germany. Stayberg is buried at the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, Wisconsin. [Biographical information taken from collection.]

Stayberg, John W. (1923-1945)

Sanborn fire insurance maps

  • US ARC ARC 2023.009
  • collection
  • 1902-1930

Digital jpg's taken from scans made by the Library of Congress Sanborn Fire Insurance Map collection online for counties in Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties. Cities included at time of cataloging include Amery (Polk County), Baldwin (St. Croix County), Ellsworth (Pierce County), Frederic (Polk County), Glenwood City (Burnett County), Grantsburg (Burnett County), Hammond (St. Croix County), Hudson (St. Croix County), New Richmond (St. Croix County), Osceola (Polk County), River Falls, (Pierce and St. Croix Counties), Spring Valley (Pierce County), St. Croix Falls (Polk County).
Visit Library of Congress online webpage for tiff files.

Sanborn Map & Publishing Company Limited

Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties biographical files, date of creation circa 1980-2019

  • US ARC ARC1999.002
  • collection
  • circa 1980-2019

Ready reference collection of subject files, historically called 'vertical files' (vertical file), arranged by county (Burnett, Pierce, Polk, or St. Croix), thereunder by name of town/city or miscellaneous subject matter deemed of historical interest. Collection is no longer being maintained or added to as of January 2020.

River Falls Area Research Center

Opera Hotel guest register

  • US ARC ARC1999.004
  • collection
  • 1887-1901, 1941

Opera Hotel register (1887-1901, 1941) includes names, addresses (generally limited to city if any), date/time, rooms rented, and a notes field. Since many of the guests were in the entertainment industry, many entries include creatively devised advertisements for the performances or other additional information on the group and type of entertainment provided. A note, dated 1941, appears to have been added by a later owner of the register. According to the River Falls Journal, the register was in the possession of W. A. Freeman when the fire that burned the building formerly housing the Opera Hotel, burned in 1921.

Opera Hotel (River Falls, Wis.)

Hudson High School pamphlets

  • US ARC ARC2017.029.001
  • collection
  • undated, 1900-2008 (bulk 1920-1983)

Class reunions (1972-1974); commencement programs (1900-1983) [missing issues]; handbook and class publications (1953-1956, 1981, 2008); play programs, class songs, and other extracurricular printed ephemera (undated, 1920-1937, 2000).

Hudson High School (Wis.)

Letter from Vincent Price and reminiscences by David Day Papers 1978, 2020

  • US ARC ARC2020.005
  • collection
  • 2020
  • Letter from Vincent Price (1978) to David and Sam Day thanking them for company and dinner. David, then Manager of the University Bookstore at UWRF, assisted Price when he was on campus for an interpretive performance on February 12th, 1978. Day was responsible for picking up Price from the airport, bringing him to his hotel and the event at UWRF, and then making sure he had dinner, returned to the hotel, and made his flight out the following morning.
  • b Day and his wife, Sam (a student at UWRF) prepared a meal for Price at their home in the event that Price accepted their invitation to dine at their home. David Day later asked Price about why he had accepted their invitation. Price, a noted gourmet, said that "...he had been traveling a lot and was missing home. So he then explained why when we offered a home meal, he accepted without hesitation."
    The Days served ham with pineapple carousal and scalloped potatoes, which Day would comment on in 2020, "How very mid-western...". Price was a very gracious guest and even though Price said that "...he wanted to be back to the hotel no later than 11:15", he didn't make it back to his hotel until well after 1AM. His thank you letter to the Days, undated but mailed within the week after the event in a stationary envelope from the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburg, PA, stated, "What a delightful time you gave me in River Falls. I did so enjoy your company, the audience and reception and especially our visit in your home!"

George H. Brown family photographs undated, circa 1880-1905

  • US ARC Accession number: ARC2020.004, Locator: 42.G.3, filed alphabetically by last name
  • collection
  • circa 1880-1905

George "Buster" H. Brown (1888-1973) was born to Jane (nee Doyle) and Charles H. Brown in the Town of Warren, Wisconsin (St. Croix County) in June of 1888. He had one older brother, Charles Edward Brown (1885-1960). George's mother died in 1905 and George appears to have lived with his uncle, George D. Brown in Hudson for a short time around the time of her death.
By 1910, Brown was working as a clerk at the railroad office in Hudson, while living with his father. The 1940 census lists Brown's work as farmer, living in the Town of Richmond (St. Croix County), WI with his wife, Grace, and three children, Bernice, Edmund, and Elaine.

Burnett County, Circuit Court, miscellaneous court records, 1906-1940

  • US ARC Bunett series 42
  • collection
  • 1906-1940

Assorted records from the court, including materials relating to the organization of the Village of Siren, 1913; one certificate of ordination, 1938; one marriage license, 1906; criminal statistics, 1932; one defendant tally sheet, 1936; a certification for the Union Indemnity Company, 1931; a court order designating the First National Bank of Grantsburg as a public depository, 1937; and two memorials, one to lawyer and judge William R. Foley, 1940, and one to circuit court clerk Newton Hickerson, 1909.

Burnett County (Wis.) Circuit Court

Burnett County, Wisconsin. Board of Supervisors. Printed proceedings, 1906-1974.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 1
  • collection
  • 1906-1974

Proceedings of the County Board of Supervisors, published annually in pamphlet form under the provisions of Wisconsin Laws of 1901, Ch. 298, Sec. 3; including the County Clerk's minutes of each meeting of the County Board, and documents considered by the Board at each meeting. Documents include: petitions, memorials, communications, and claims addressed to the Board; reports of county officers and of Board committees; resolutions and ordinances; and other papers relating to operations, services, finances, planning, and policy of county government.

Burnett County, Wisconsin. Sheriff. Jail register, 1887-1924.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 10
  • collection
  • 1887-1924

Jail register showing name and residence of prisoner, date and cause of commitment, committing authority, sentence, date of and authority for release, personal description (age, height, weight, complexion, and color of hair and eyes), and remarks.

Grantsburg, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Clerk. Record book, 1878-1889.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 11
  • collection
  • 1878-1889

Town record book, including minutes of annual (1878-1889) and board (1878) meetings, registers of town (1878-1879) and school (1882) officers, oaths (1878-1881), order register (1878-1882), chattel mortgage record (1878-1884), school fund apportionment (1878-1884), board financial report (1879-1881), and treasurer's bonds (1878-1881).

Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, Clerk's record, 1878-1903, 1927-1931.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 13
  • collection
  • 1927-1931

Record including minutes of annual meetings, 1880-1897; registers of town and school district officers, 1879-1889; oaths of office, 1879-1903; town board road minutes, 1890-1897; order register, 1880-1887, 1890-1898; constables' bonds and oaths, 1881, 1884-1890, 1894-1895; chattel mortgage record, 1879-1898; school fund apportionment, 1879-1898; board financial report, 1879-1897; treasurer's bonds, 1879-1897; school district statistics, 1878-1896; and maps, 1878-1889.
Volume 1 covers 1878-1890; Volume 2, 1889-1903; and Volume 3 (chattel mortgages only), 1927-1931.

Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, Clerk's papers, 1872-1935.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 14
  • collection
  • 1872-1935

Correspondence, claims reports, poll lists, tally sheets, road petitions and notices, Inter-County Municipal Power District file, school district boundary papers and annual reports, school censuses, and crop statements and dairy statistics.

Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, election records, 1879-1894, 1900-1949.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 15
  • collection
  • 1900-1949

Records of general (1879-1892) and town (1879-1894) elections, including inspectors' oaths, poll lists, election returns, and certificates of election. Volume 1: General Election Record (1879-1892); Volume 2: Town Election Record, 1879-1894. Also includes records of general and town elections from 1900-1949, including unbound poll lists, elections returns, certificates, and inspectors' oathes (1900-1928), as well as one bound volume (1929-1949).

Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, road district books, 1880-1890.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 16
  • collection
  • 1880-1890

Road district memorandum books kept by the town clerk, containing highway overseer's reports of work performed by contract and in payment of highway taxes, and financial accounts of monies disbursed for road purposes. Accounts show date, name of worker, days worked, type of work, and value of services rendered.

Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, personal property statements, 1910.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 17
  • collection
  • 1910

Personal property statements taken by the town assessor, showing date, property owner, school district number, assessor's name, age and valuation of livestock, number and valuation of other articles of personal property, total valuation, and taxpayer's signature.

Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, Assessment rolls, 1875-1935.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 18
  • collection
  • 1875-1935

Assessment rolls kept by the town clerk showing name of property owner, land description, acreage, valuations of lands and improvements fixed by the assessor and board of review, school district number, acreage and value of land in classification according to use or condition of land, number and value of livestock and other personal property, and amounts of taxes due.

Burnett County, Wisconsin. Clerk. Supervisor of Assessments' annual statistical reports, 1912-[ongoing]

  • US ARC Burnett Series 2
  • collection
  • 1912-

Supervisor of Assessments' annual reports to the County Board, printed by the County Clerk under Wis. Laws of 1905, Ch. 523, Sect. 4. Each report contains a table of amount of state, county, school, and local tax revenue, classified by type of tax; a table of total assessed valuation of each county; tables for each town of acreage and assessed valuation of lands and improvements, classified by use; tables showing assessed and recommended full value of real estate (classified by use) and personal property (classified by type) in each assessment district; and general advisory remarks.

Spirit Lake School records, 1875-1947.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 20
  • collection
  • 1875-1947

[1] School District Records, 1877-1946, including minutes of annual meetings, board proceedings, register of officers, treasurer's bonds, teacher's contracts, order register, clerk's report and financial statement, teachers register, and tax certificates; [2] Clerk's Papers, 1909-1947, including annual reports of the clerk and teachers showing dates, name of teacher, names of district officers, school census, summaries, enrollment statistics, financial statements, school library and general statistics, and reports of school district auditing committees; [3] Treasurer's Book, 1877-1929, showing receipts and disbursements and a register of school district officers; [4] School Registers, 1875-1947, containing pupils' names, sex, ages, grade and attendance records, school programs, subjects and grades, visitors' record, and teachers' comments on pupils; and [5] Township Library Loan Record, 1906-1913, showing number and title of book borrowed and returned, borrower's name, and accession list.

Trade Lake School records, 1877-1948.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 21
  • collection
  • 1877-1948

[1] School District Records, 1902-1948, including minutes of annual meetings, board proceedings, register of officers, treasurer's bonds, teachers' contracts, clerks report and school censuses, tax statements, and financial reports of receipts and expenditures; [2] School Registers, 1877-1881, 1933-1948, showing pupils' names, ages, grades, and attendance records, daily programs, subjects studied, visitors' record, and teachers comments on pupils; and [3] Annual Reports and School Censuses, 1909, 1913-1947.

School District No. 5, Town of Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, Trade Lake graded school records, 1908-1950.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 22
  • collection
  • 1908-1950

[1] School District Records, 1923-1948, including minutes of annual meetings, board proceedings, order register, school censuses, teachers contracts, financial reports and statements, and detailed records of expenditures; [2] Clerk's papers, 1908-1950, containing organization papers, reports, censuses, audit reports, teachers contracts, boundary alteration papers, notices, orders, and correspondence; and [3] School Registers, 1909-1950, showing each pupil's name, sex, age, grade, and attendance record, daily programs, subjects studied, visitors' record, and teacher's comments on pupils.

Circuit Court, Burnett County, Wisconsin, naturalization records, 1870-1953.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 23
  • collection
  • 1870-1953

Records of naturalization proceedings in the Circuit Court of Burnett County. Records include Declarations of Intention (1907-1950), Petitions for Naturalization (1907-1953), Naturalization Records (1888-1906), Naturalization Petitions Granted (1929-1953), Index to Naturalizations (ca. 1870-1945), and Certificates and Oaths (1907-1944).

School District No. 1, Town of Trade Lake district clerk's papers, 1948-1951.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 29
  • collection
  • 1948-1951

School district papers kept by the clerk of School District No. 1 (consolidated) which operated three schools (Bass Lake State Graded School, Round Lake School, and Trade Lake State Graded School), including insurance policies, treasurer's reports and bonds, school censuses, clerk's annual reports, minutes of annual and district board meetings, teachers' contracts, and school registers.

Burnett County, Wisconsin. Clerk. Annual directories of public officials, 1930-2014.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 3
  • collection
  • 1930-2014.

Annual printed directories of public officials having jurisdiction within the county, prepared and published by the county clerk. Directories list national and state officers and legislators, court justices and officers, county board members, county officers and certain county employees, and town, village, and city officers and supervisors.
More recent directories also show members of each county board standing committee, and U.S. census population totals for each local unit.
Included are directories for these years: 1930, 1943/4, 1944/5, 1947/8, 1949/50, 1959/60-1974, 1978, 1979, and 2004-2014. Additional directories may have been added since this cataloging.

Burnett County, Wisconsin. Board of Supervisors. Proceedings, 1874-1958, 1969-1980.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 30
  • collection
  • 1874-1958, 1969-1980

Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors including minutes of Board meetings, resolutions, committee reports, reports of county officers and commissions, financial reports, and communications to the Board. The 1877-1881 volume is a photocopy of the original. (The original volume was charred in a courthouse fire prior to 1887, so it was photocopied for preservation and then discarded.) Volume A is an exact transcription of official proceedings as published in the Burnett County Sentinel. (The original volume for some of these years was destroyed in the courthouse fire.).

Burnett County, Wisconsin. Register of Deeds. Record of accidents, 1905-1907.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 31
  • collection
  • 1905-1907

Record of accidental injuries, giving name of person injured, residence, color, sex, race, marital status, date of injury, cause and extent of injury, result and duration of injury, where attended, by whom attended, name of employer, and if an industrial injury, location of factory.
This record was required by Laws of Wisconsin, 1905, Chapter 416.

Burnett County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court civil case files, 1888-1971.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 32
  • collection
  • 1888-1971

Circuit court cases dealing with civil actions. Legal papers include complaints, summonses, affidavits, petitions, court orders and decrees. Cases #1-1479, 1888-1930, consist of civil actions and cases #1493-3789, 1931-1971 consist of divorce cases only.

Burnett County (Wis.) Circuit Court

Burnett County Fair premium books, 1926-1970.

  • US ARC Burnett Series 34
  • collection
  • 1926-1970

Annual premium lists detailing scheduled events at the Burnett County Fair, 1926-1970, held at Webster and the Burnett County Cooperative Agricultural Society Fair, 1929-1970, held at Grantsburg.

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