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Guide to the Chippewa Valley Community History,​ 1910-​2014

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE UHC67

Accession Number: 89-87, 92-178

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 67

Creators: various

Title: Chippewa Valley (Wis.) Community History Collection

Dates: 1910-2014

Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (1 archives box)

Location of Collection: A10/3b

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary Various research papers on the history of communities in the Chippewa Valley. Also contains documents from the Eau Claire Main Street Association and fliers for local events and organizations.

Biographical / Historical Note

Communities in the Chippewa Valley began to appear in earnest during the mid-nineteenth century. The area’s abundant forests fueled a thriving logging industry. The City of Eau Claire was established in 1872. Founded in 1987, the Eau Claire Main Street Association was a community organization dedicated to encouraging community participation and promoting Eau Claire’s downtown. The organization promoted activities such as the Farmer’s Market and various holiday events.

Content Description

Contains documents on the history of Chippewa Valley communities including Coon Fork, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Progress, Washington, and Gates County. Includes the Eau Claire Main Street Association’s meeting minutes, newsletters, event planning documents, and event fliers and brochures. Contains performance programs from the Grand Opera House. This collection further contains city planning reports for Eau Claire and Chippewa County, and advertisements for local businesses. Also includes fliers for organizations offering community service opportunities in the Chippewa Valley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives prior to March 2006.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Chippewa Valley (Wis.) Community History Collection, 1910-2014. UHC67. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Danielle Schroeder in September 2014. Additional content added in February 2015.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Subjects

Corporate Names: Main Street Association (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Subject Terms: Chippewa Valley--Wisconsin--Eau Claire region

Geographical Terms:
Eau Claire (Wis.)--Chippewa Valley
Rice Lake (Wis.) -- History
Progress (Wis.) -- History
Coon Fork (Wis.) -- History
Eau Claire (Wis.) -- History
Gates County (Wis.) -- History
Rusk County (Wis.) -- History
Town of Washington (Wis.) -- History

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Chippewa Valley (Wis.) Community History Collection
Dates: 1910-2014
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

1/1

The Early History of District No. 1: Town of Washington

1/2

The Birth of Gates County by Walter Gustafson

1974

1/3

A Mini-History of Eau Claire by Lloyd V. Owens

1975

1/4

The History of Rice Lake by Jan Pruitt

1977

1/5

A History of Progress by Kris Schmidt

1978

1/6

Coon Fork—The Mill and Settlement by Robert H. Rose

1984

1/7

Beginnings of Community: Eau Claire, Wis. 1860-1880 by Orry Walz

1985

1/8

The Grand Opera House musical programs

1915-1916

1/9

Eau Claire Country Club

1928

1/10

National Board of Fire Underwriters

1935

1/11

Survey of Postwar Chippewa County

1945

1/12

Luther Hospital Guild Membership and Hostess Calendar

1947-1948

1/13

Main Street Association information brochures

1/14

Main Street Association Events

1992

1/15

Main Street Association meeting minutes and even-planning papers

1992-93

1/16

Chippewa Valley community service opportunities

1987-1994

1/17

Eau Claire Downtown Analysis

2003

1/18

The Good Life project for Eau Claire County

2011-12

1/19

Local community businesses- Advertisements and newsletters from local businesses

1910-2014

1/20

Third Ward Neighborhood News

2014

1/21

How Eau Claire Streets were Named by Marshall Cousins

1934

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