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The Noer/Milorganite® Image Collection Launches

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) are delighted to announce the availability of the Noer/ Milorganite® Image Collection website. This collection, sometimes known as the “Noer slides”, currently features almost 13,000 35-mm slide images shot by O. J. Noer, and later, Charlie Wilson, Jim Latham and others.  The digital archive is searchable, may be browsed by year or location, and can be accessed at:  http://noermmsd.lib.msu.edu .
 
These images were taken between the 1920s through the 1980s, and feature an extraordinary scope of content, including: experimental plots, golf courses and athletic fields across North America, equipment, personalities, maintenance practices, disease and pest control, and fertilization issues and test plots. They were originally a “use” collection, utilized by Noer and others for lectures and consulting in support of Milorganite®’s Turf Service Bureau throughout the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Despite heavy use for many years, the condition of the material is generally good.
 
All undamaged slides with available data (location, date, etc.)  from the original hand-typed ledgers have now been scanned and loaded into the digital archive.  This under-construction website is publicly-accessible, and materials may be reused for non-commercial educational and research purposes, with appropriate attribution as specified in the website’s “Terms and Conditions of Use.”
Other items in the Noer/Milorganite® Image Collection include unnumbered slides, negatives, positives, and 8 and 16 mm films, with the total number of items estimated at around 27,000. However, that includes a significant number of duplicates and derivatives. Although these are not currently available, TIC will continue to add to, refine and improve the materials and data within this Collection, as well as continue to seek financial support to move this work forward.  We also very much welcome comments on the location and content seen within the images, as we will include those additions and corrections into the annotations.
 
Support for this initial launch has been provided by the O.J. Noer Research Foundation, the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, the MSU Libraries, and other groups and individuals.
 
To see the press release in its entirety, see:
tic.msu.edu/pressrelease/NoerImages.pdf
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"New Worthington Tractor & Mower Out In Front; Oakwood C. C. Kansas City 3-21-49" #1841 http://bit.ly/1sIzHzf  #tbt
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The Florida Green Joins TIC's Full-Text Archives

The Turfgrass Information Center welcomes The Florida Green to its ever-expanding collection of full-text archives. In 1979, the South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association published The South Florida Green. Eventually, this association merged into the state-level Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the name of the publication was changed to The Florida Green. This trade publication aims to serve professional turf managers throughout the state of Florida, ranging in content from course and superintendent profiles, industry news, educational articles, and organizational happenings.

This publicly-available archive, an ongoing cooperative project of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association and Michigan State University, features access to The Florida Green and its predecessor publication from 1979-present.
For a full list of all publicly-available and restricted-access archives hosted by TIC, please see: http://tic.msu.edu/pubjrnlbrowse.htm
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"Teenage Sabotage Auto on #2 Green; Boca Ratan Fla Oct 29 1940" #13215 http://bit.ly/1kNViAg  #throwbackthursday
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"Fertilizer Distributor Loading the Hopper; Mil. C. C. Mil. Wis. Aug 31, 1939" #196 http://bit.ly/1lDoI4n  #tbt
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"Frost Damage Footprints on Fairway; Exmoor C.C. Chicago, April 15, 1941" #644 http://bit.ly/1hYbtp7  #tbt
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Dr. Douglas T. Hawes has had a passion for golf since he was a child, learning the game at age 5 from his grandmother, and later working for a golf course his grandfather owned. Little wonder then that eventually he found himself working in the turfgrass industry at times as a turfgrass consultant, the Director of the Mid-Continent Office of the USGA Green Section, and a teacher at the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland and for Grayson County College.

In 1973, this passion for turf led Dr. Hawes to release the publication Limited Bibliography of Turf Literature, a compilation of citations drawn from the publications The Golf Superintendent, Turfgrass Times, and the U.S.G.A. Green Section Record.  These citations were sorted in to 48 different topics, including “Fairways”, “Nitrogen”, and “Thatch”.

Today, TIC would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Hawes for allowing us to incorporate these topic tags into our corresponding TGIF records, further enhancing the nature of TGIF’s hand-crafted approach. These keywords will display under the field “Non-TIC Keywords”, to help differentiate these tags from keywords we assign in-house, which are simply labeled “Keywords”.

Dr. Hawes’ work isn’t the only new keyword source to be found within TGIF’s new “Non-TIC Keywords” field – we’ve also added keywords from the United States Golf Association (USGA), Sports Turf Canada (STC), Turfgrass Producers International (TPI), and the Dutch Turfgrass Research Foundation (DTRF).
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Occasionally during the act of selecting materials for the TGIF database, we happen across a quote or sentence in the material that is particularly significant or memorable. In these cases, the quote is entered into a special “quotes” field during record processing so that it will appear within the TGIF record. Previously, records with quotes appeared in the table of results as any other record would - but there is now a way to help users identify records that have these special quotes! When viewing a table of results within the TGIF database, records with quotes inside will be designated within the More Detail column using a small image of a pair of quotation marks.
Once inside the record, click the green “Quote” button to see the quote in a pop-up window.
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"Lightning Damage #10 green; Tuckaway CC Milw July '69" #12718 http://bit.ly/1srRs2f  #throwbackthursday
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Thank You Graduating Seniors!

Though many things may change, one thing stays the same: - TIC operates thanks to the continued efforts of all of our student employees. The Turfgrass Information Center would like to thank and congratulate our three graduating seniors for all of their hard work and accomplishments! Olivia Werderman, Hajr Muhammad, and Sixtine Berquist sat down to answer a few questions about their time at TIC, and what their future plans are.

To read, visit the link to our blog:
http://tic.msu.edu/blog2014.html#2014-04-28
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"Lazy Man Ant Bait Applicator; Williams - Mil 9-45" #1294 http://bit.ly/1jGRg8D  #throwbackthursday
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"Workman Covered with N[i]troform Dust; C.C. Cincinnati 8/18/58" #8109 http://bit.ly/1jwuIdo  #tbt
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The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC), a specialized unit at the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU), contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. TIC has over 210,000 records in its primary database, the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF), with over 50% linked to the full-text of the item.
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