Photographic postcard collection

Bird's-eye view, Somerset, Wisconsin Cascade Falls, Osceola, Wisconsin Milltown Lutheran Church, Milltown, Wisconsin Cabin no. 5 at Twin Pine Resort on Fish Lake, Town of Scott, Burnett County, Wisconsin Lakeview Drive, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin Main Street, Ellsworth, Wisconsin John Till, New Richmond, Wisconsin Along the shore, greetings from Milltown, Wisconsin Residence scene, Osceola, Wisconsin First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Luck, Wisconsin E. R. Ross Resort on Clam Lake, Siren, Wisconsin Pearson's Trading Post from Big Sand Lake, Webster, Wisconsin Aerial view of Milltown, Wisconsin Osceola Hotel, Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin Steamer W.W., Hudson, Wisconsin Hickerson Roller Mill and Mill Pond, Grantsburg, Wisconsin High School, Webster, Wisconsin Stereo view of the destruction left by the tornado that hit New Richmond, Wisconsin, on June 12, ... Jensen Brothers Store interior, Luck, Wisconsin John Till and his assistant, New Richmond, Wisconsin 4th of July at John Till's, New Richmond, Wisconsin A View of the St. Croix River, Osceola, Wisconsin Greetings from Luck, Wisconsin Government Building, Amery, Wisconsin Shramek's Resort, Clam Lake, Siren, Wisconsin Rocky Lodge Resort on Bone Lake, Luck, Wisconsin Harriman Avenue residences, No. 15, Amery, Wisconsin Baptist Church, Hudson, Wisconsin Cottages at Dellwood, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin Main Street, Deer Park, Wisconsin Rustic bar, Webb Lake Country House, Webb Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin Hunky Dory Farm, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin Main house at Frederick's Yellow Cabins Resort on the Yellow River, Danbury, Wisconsin Brikmose Park and five prehistoric Indian burial mounds, Hudson, Wisconsin St. Luke's Methodist Church, Frederic, Wisconsin Street scene, Centuria, Wisconsin Polk County Cooperative Store, Amery, Wisconsin Community Hall, Hammond, Wisconsin Highway 77, Danbury, Wisconsin" Residencial street, Centuria, Wisconsin Street scene, Amery, Wisconsin Main Street, Osceola, Wisconsin Federated Church, New Richmond, Wisconsin Burnett County Courthouse, Grantsburg, Wisconsin Swedish Lutheran Church, Centuria, Wisconsin Polk Bennett Electric Company, Centuria, Wisconsin Hickory Point Resort, Amery, Wisconsin Boy's cabins at Luther Point Bible Camp, Big Wood Lake, Town of Wood River, Wisconsin Beach at Red Oaks Resort, Long Lake, Danbury, Wisconsin Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Danbury, Wisconsin
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Photographic postcard collection


  • 1962-2019 (Accumulation)
  • circa 1860s-2016 (Creation)


1.5 cubic feet (Three 0.50 cu. ft. nonstandard Hollinger archival boxes)

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Photographic postcards mainly related to the 4-county geographic area covered by the Area Research Center, that is, Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties but also include nearby regions, including some in Minnesota. This collection is particularly strong in areas of the region directly surrounding River Falls, Wisconsin. Also includes some photographs of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus, sports, and related miscellany.

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Postcards are arranged by accession number, which has been assigned based on date of acquisition (approximated if unknown).

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This item is made available by the University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, for personal, educational, and research purposes in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of Copyright Act of 1976. Other uses may require permission from the copyright owner.

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Postcards with accession numbers starting with 1962 appear to have been mainly donated by Willis Miller. This collection was artificially collated by former Area Research Center head and University Archivist, Kathryn Otto. The majority of postcards were collected by Otto from 2012-2019 (her retirement). Many of these were purchased off of online vendor sites, such as eBay, with little or no provenance.

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Many sources of acquisition; see item records for additional information (when available) related to acquisition source, purchase price, etc.

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This collection will no longer be added to as of 2020.

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