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Laura Godden

Assistant Professor
Murphy Library
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Special Collections/Area Research Center (SC/ARC) archives

Brief biography

The UWL Murphy Library Special Collections/Area Research Center (SC/ARC) archives houses a variety of unique and historic materials (most of which have some sort of local history connection). In my role here, I collect, preserve, and provide access to items of enduring value, aiding researchers from UWL, the community, and beyond. I frequently advise and consult on public history projects and other related matters, as well as present and write about historical topics, archives, and primary source records. I also serve as a regional National History Day (NHD) judge, City of La Crosse Heritage Preservation Commissioner (HPC), and La Crosse County Historical Society (LCHS) Discover the Silent City tour guide. Additionally, I am a member of the University of Wisconsin System Archives Council (UWSAC), UWL George Gilkey Special Collections Research Scholarship Committee, UWL Oral History Program (OHP) Board, and various other university and departmental level committees.

Education

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), 2018, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Concentration: Archival Studies

Master of Arts (MA), History, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Concentration: Ninetieth and twentieth-century American history

Bachelor of Science (BS), 2007, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Major: Broad Field Social Studies, Secondary Education
Second Major: Political Science, Minor: History
Wisconsin Teaching Licensure EA-A, 73, 701

Career

Teaching history

I teach a select cohort of UWL undergraduate students practical, in-depth, and hands-on cultural heritage skills through professional-level employment in SC/ARC, providing them with invaluable experience for their post-graduation endeavors. I also conduct a large number of individualized instruction sessions for community groups and UWL classes of various disciplines (APH, ARC, ART, ECO, ENG, ERS, FYS/UWL100, GEO, HIS, REC, SAA, THA, WGS, and more). Additionally, I regularly help educators at all levels incorporate primary sources and other archival materials into their instruction and coursework.

Professional history

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Murphy Library Special Collections/Area Research Center (SC/ARC), April 2012 to present. 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, History Department Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2009 to June 2011.

Research and publishing

Godden, Laura, Teri Holford, Patricia Stovey, and Tiffany Trimmer. “Friendly Finding Aid: A Collaborative Way to Build Primary Source Research Foundations.” In Embracing Change: Alternatives to Traditional Research Writing Assignments, editors Silke Higgins and Ngoc-Yen Tran, xx-xx. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, forthcoming.

“University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center (ARC).” In A Resident's Guide to La Crosse, Wisconsin: An Anthology of Essays Written by the Leaders of La Crosse’s Most Well-Respected Businesses, Clubs, Organizations, and Events, 100+ Things to Do in America’s Cities Series, xx-xx. Racine, WI: Z Publishing House, forthcoming.

Postcard History Series: La Crosse. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2015. F587.L14 G72 2015, Search@UW Library Catalog Entry.

“Homecoming, the Lantern, and the Lighting of the ‘L.’” In We’ve Hung the Lantern: A Visual History of the First 50 Years of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, by Leslie F. Crocker, 64-92. Houston, MN: Looney Valley Publications, 2013. F589.L17 C72 2013, Search@UW Library Catalog Entry.

“La Crosse, Wisconsin’s Oehler Mill: The Gradual Reinvention of an Historic Landmark.” University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011. F589.L15 O44 2012, Search@UW Library Catalog Entry.

“Forgotten Peacemaker in a World Moving Toward War: Herbert Hoover’s Unique Brand of Foreign Policy in a Climate of Isolationism.” M.A. Thesis in History. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 2011. 121 pages. E1000 .G579 2011, Search@UW Library Catalog Entry.

Kudos

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Census Records Research" at the Tomah Area Historical Society and Museum's annual opening and the Monroe, Juneau, and Jackson County Genealogical Workshop on May 3 in Tomah, WI.

Submitted on: May 4

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Preservation Practices: Photographs and Documents" at the City of La Crosse Park and Recreation Department and La Crosse Area Genealogical Society (LAGS) Annual Genealogy Workshop on April 23 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: April 25

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Gaining Census: Exploring Historic U.S. Census Records" at the Monroe County Local History Room and Museum on March 31 in Sparta, WI. In recognition of the release of the 1950 U.S. Census, archivist and author Laura Godden presented an overview of these important historical records, specifically showcasing their usefulness in research.

Submitted on: April 1

 

published

Evelyn Gaunt, Archaeology & Anthropology student and Laura Godden, Murphy Library, co-authored the article "Most Endangered Buildings, Places in La Crosse Series" in the La Crosse Tribune published on March 21 by Lee Enterprises. This series of nine articles recounted the history of each of the properties on the City of La Crosse Heritage Preservation Commission's inaugural Most Endangered Historic Places list.

Submitted on: Dec. 13, 2021

 

interviewed

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, was interviewed by Rick Solem of WIZM News Talk on Nov. 23. The interview was about her service work on the City of La Crosse Heritage Preservation Commission and how that committee is working to better save and preserve La Crosse history through releasing an annual most endangered historic properties list.

Submitted on: Dec. 13, 2021

 

presented

Elisabeth Primrose, History and Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Preserving the Now: Building Unique and Meaningful Local History Archival Collections" at the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) 2021 Annual Conference on Nov. 17 in Green Bay, WI.

Submitted on: Dec. 13, 2021

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Declarations and Petitions: Investigating Naturalization Records" at the La Crosse Area Genealogy Society meeting on Sept. 24, 2019 in La Crosse, WI. The presentation provided an overview of the objectives, processes, and provisions surrounding U.S. immigration records. It featured many examples from Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center’s archival collections.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2019

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Coming to Your Census" at the City of La Crosse Park and Recreation LAGS Fall Workshop on Nov. 7, 2019 in La Crosse, WI. The presentation gave an overview of the history, purpose, makeup, collection, and use of state and federal/U.S. census records.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2019

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Coming to Your Census" at the City of La Crosse Park and Recreation LAGS Fall Workshop on Nov. 2, 2019 in La Crosse, WI. The presentation gave an overview of the history, purpose, makeup, collection, and use of state and federal/U.S. census records.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2019

 

awarded

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, received the award for best poster content, professional category, at the 2019 Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference, “Celebrating Every Story,” on Oct. 10, 2019 in the Wisconsin Dells, WI. The award was in recognition of her poster presentation, “Curating Stories: Library Resources, Information Literacy, and Public Engagement.”

Submitted on: Oct. 24, 2019