Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC67
Accession Number: 89-87, 92-178
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 67
Title: Chippewa Valley (Wis.) Community History Collection
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.
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.
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.
Corporate Names: Main Street Association (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Subject Terms: Chippewa Valley--Wisconsin--Eau Claire region
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
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 archives boxes)
The Early History of District No. 1: Town of Washington
The Birth of Gates County by Walter Gustafson
A Mini-History of Eau Claire by Lloyd V. Owens
The History of Rice Lake by Jan Pruitt
A History of Progress by Kris Schmidt
Coon Fork—The Mill and Settlement by Robert H. Rose
Beginnings of Community: Eau Claire, Wis. 1860-1880 by Orry Walz
The Grand Opera House musical programs
Eau Claire Country Club
National Board of Fire Underwriters
Survey of Postwar Chippewa County
Luther Hospital Guild Membership and Hostess Calendar
Main Street Association information brochures
Main Street Association Events
Main Street Association meeting minutes and even-planning papers
Chippewa Valley community service opportunities
Eau Claire Downtown Analysis
The Good Life project for Eau Claire County
Local community businesses- Advertisements and newsletters from local businesses
Third Ward Neighborhood News
How Eau Claire Streets were Named by Marshall Cousins