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Wisconsin Sound Archive

From the Wisconsin Historical Society comes the Wisconsin Sound Archive: "an ongoing effort to digitize and make the audio heritage from and about the state of Wisconsin available to the public online." This recently launched collection features oral history interviews, radio broadcasts, and radio advertisements. As of this write-up, the archive features a variety of single recordings as well as collections of related material. These collections include the Wisconsin Communities radio broadcasts, which profiled a variety of Wisconsin cities during the 1950s. This series was part of Wisconsin College of the Air, a series of educational programming launched in 1931 at UW-Madison's WHA station. The archive also features select oral history collections. In the Oral History of Plant Closings in Milwaukee collection, recorded in 2015, visitors can hear Milwaukee residents describe the impact of 1970s deindustrialization on Milwaukee's African-American community. Meanwhile, the Beloit Bicentennial Oral History Project features a series of 1976 interviews with Beloit residents. Recordings that include indexes or transcripts link out to a separate page that allows you to search keywords and jump to the correlating points within the audio, making searching within recordings for a specific topic easy and interactive. The team behind the Wisconsin Sound Archive is continuing to expand the project and is in the process of adding additional recordings - including environmental recordings, speeches, and conferences - to the collection, so stay tuned.
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