Sound of the Archives

a podcast dedicated to archives

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05: Creepy Tricks and Treats from the Archives

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Sound of the Archives has a fun new creepy episode in honor of Halloween that we’d love for you to listen to! Laura Farley went to the Wisconsin Historical Society to interview a few noted archivists, including a recent UW Madison graduate:

  • Maxine Fleckner Ducey, archivist of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, speaks about receiving some very strange candy from Emile De Antonio
  • Eric Willey, UW Madison graduate, chats about an experience collecting records from a corrective institution and an incinerator
  • Helmut Knies, Collection Development Coordinator, gives a worst case scenario in the archives (yes, it involves water)
  • Abbie Norderhaug, Public Records Accessioner, talks about picking up records from a strange location
  • Kyle Krause, Manuscripts Accessioner, speaks about almost being crushed by a mob during the Wisconsin Protests while trying to gather history
  • Jonathan Nelson, Collection Development Archivist, tells us about a model of quite an unusual package
  • Lee Grady, archivist of the McCormick collection, reveals a reminder of our mortality with the face of a woman named Nettie

Have a listen, as well as a fun & safe Halloween! Tell us about your costumes and creepy stories over at our Facebook page (, Twitter page (@sota_podcast) or our blog,



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04: Our Days of Summer

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In this episode, Laura, Katherine, and Dana talk about their summer activities!

Laura Farley spent her summer on an intensive practicum digitizing haunting glass plate negatives from the International Harvester collection. You can see some of her scans by clicking this link, which takes you to a search of Wisconsin Historical Images.

Katherine Stotis processed collections at CUNA, the Credit Union National Association, as well as Circus World’s Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center.

Dana Gerber worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives Reading Room. She also volunteered at Circus World, though instead of processing, she helped to identify heralds, working towards eventually digitizing them. You can see some photos of her and other SLIS students at Circus World by going to her blog: here and here.