Profile for Laura Godden

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Specialty area(s)

Special Collections/Area Research Center (SC/ARC) Archivist/Historian

Brief biography

The 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 there, I collect, preserve, and provide access to these 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. Each year, I serve as a National History Day (NHD) judge, and I am a member of the City of La Crosse Heritage Preservation Commission and UWL George Gilkey Special Collections Research Scholarship committee.

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

Teaching history

Each semester, I teach approximately ten UWL students practical, hands-on cultural heritage skills through their employment in SC/ARC, providing them invaluable experience for their post-graduation endeavors. I also conduct between twenty to forty 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 archival resources 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 "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

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Declarations and Petitions: Investigating the U.S. Naturalization Records of Immigrants" at Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) 2019 Gene-A-Rama Conference: Uncovering Resources I Wish I Had Known About Sooner on Mar. 29, 2019 in Onalaska, WI. The presentation provided an overview of the objectives, processes, and provisions surrounding U.S. naturalization to help genealogists better comprehend and use citizenship records to further their research. It featured many examples pulled from the archival collections in Murphy Library’s Special Collections and Area Research Center.

Submitted on: April 1, 2019

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "In the Classroom, In the Community: Bringing Archives to the People" at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018, the national joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Record Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists, on Aug. 16, 2018 in Washington DC. This presentation highlighted the public history project Hear, Here (www.hearherelacrosse.org), which utilizes archival sources to enable student learning and bring history to the community. Signs distributed throughout downtown encourage people on the street to dial a toll-free number to hear a first-person account about the very place they stand. UWL archivist Laura Godden and history professor Ariel Beaujot partner on this project. Beaujot serves as the director and primary instructor, while Godden leads archival instruction and the incorporation of primary sources. Hear, Here features several recordings, housed in Special Collections, created by UWL’s long-standing Oral History Program directed by professor Tiffany Trimmer. Students enrolled in Beaujot’s courses produced the other stories, specifically focusing on diversity. Students identified topics and interviewed community members after conducting research in Special Collections. To ensure public access and long-term preservation, Godden and her student assistants assemble the project’s records into a manuscript collection.

Submitted on: Sept. 5, 2018

 

presented

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, presented "Archives on the Street: Hear, Here, Public History Outreach Project" at the Midwest Archives Conference on Mar. 29, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

Submitted on: Mar. 29, 2018