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Picturing Golda Meir: About the Collection

Scope and Content

"Picturing Golda Meir" is a collection of images documenting the life of Golda Meir from her childhood in Pinsk, Russia, through her school years in Milwaukee, her pioneer years in Palestine in the 1920s, to the peak of her political career as Prime Minister of Israel (1969 - 1974). The photographs picture the former student of the Milwaukee Normal School in key historical moments, signing Israel's Proclamation of Independence, delivering speeches at the United Nations, conferring with heads of state, and visiting wounded soldiers during the Yom Kippur War. The collection also includes photographs of her private life with family and friends.


Archival Collection

The 157 images presented in this digital collection were selected from The Golda Meir Collection, 1904-1987 housed in the Archives Department of the UWM Libraries. The archival collection consists largely of reproduced correspondence, press releases, photographs, and speeches pertaining to Golda Meir's political life, primarily from 1955-1974. The correspondence is usually with friends and admirers, thanking Meir and communicating their support for her. There are two folders of photocopied materials originally created by Ms. Lou Kadar, Meir's secretary, containing supportive letters to Meir, and recollections of her life. The collection also contains news clippings, many in Hebrew, from the Jerusalem Post (1957-1983), and the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle (1973-1974), student records (1916), and numerous other papers (1947-1984) about Meir.

The photographs are of Meir throughout her life, historic Jewish individuals, and the Milwaukee Jewish community. Also contained in the collection are oral history interviews with persons who knew Meir, including Yitzhak Rabin and Lou Kadar. The Golda Meir Library acquired the materials in several accessions between 1987 and 1989. Many of the records were obtained through the generous assistance of Elmer Winter, a prominent member of the Milwaukee Jewish community. Additional items were acquired through the Israeli Consulate and other private donations. The finding aid for the archival collection can be found at



The black-and-white photographic prints were scanned at 600 dpi using an Epson Perfection 2400 flatbed scanner. The resulting archival TIFF files are stored at the UWM Libraries. Access images were then created from the TIFF files for Web delivery. The collection was built with CONTENTdm digital media management software using Dublin Core metadata.

A research process accompanied the creation of the digital collection. The photographs were researched and indexed as part of the project to provide additional points of access. In order to maintain the historic value of the photographs in the online collection one of the access points, description, was used to copy the captions on the back of the photographs. A number of print reference sources including various books on Golda Meir's life and the history of Palestine and Israel, as well as Internet resources were consulted in the research process. The images are indexed by four broad topics related to certain periods of Golda Meir's life (Childhood and Youth, Palestine 1921-1948, Government Positions 1949- 1968, and Prime Minister 1969-1974) that can be used to browse the collection.



Project Staff:
Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, UWM Libraries
Marta L. Magnuson, Graduate Student, School of Information Studies
Bart Schmidt, Graduate Student, School of Information Studies

Metadata Consultant:
Steve Miller, Head, Monographs Department, UWM Libraries

Other Contributors:
Bob Carter, Archivist, Archives, UWM Libraries
Michael Doylen, Head, Archives, UWM Libraries


Digitizing Oversight Committee:
Denise Babin, Head, Automation Department, UWM Libraries
Ewa Barczyk, Interim Director of Libraries, UWM Libraries
Chris Baruth, Curator, American Geographical Society Library, UWM Libraries
Michael Doylen, Head, Archives, UWM Libraries
Krystyna K. Matusiak, Chair, Digital Collections Librarian, UWM Libraries
Steve Miller, Head, Monographs Department, UWM Libraries
Max Yela, Head, Special Collections, UWM Libraries


Contact Us

Please send us your comments or suggestions regarding the collection

Phone: 414-229-5402

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
Golda Meir Library
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604



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"Picturing Golda Meir" is published by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.

The images may be copied by individuals or libraries for personal use, research, teaching or any "fair use" as defined by copyright law. Please include this statement with any copies you make. Noncommercial, non-subscription Internet editions created for an educational purpose may freely link to the site or individual pages. Anyone interested in any other use of these images, including for-profit Internet editions, should obtain permission from UWM Libraries.

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Created: May, 2004

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