Paper Tiger: Historic Newspaper Text from the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Material Culture Collection
The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery (MCPFC) is located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. This historic cemetery was in use from 1878 to 1974 and interred Milwaukee County’s indigent. The individuals represented consist mostly of poor European immigrants, subsequent generations, institutionalized residents, and the unclaimed deceased. Included in the array material culture recovered during 1991-1992 and 2013 archaeological excavations are newspaper fragments. These primary documents survive in varying degrees of completeness. Curatorial processes were utilized to preserve remaining text and stabilize the paper artifacts. Newspaper text identification can be used in conjunction with current burial records and historical documentation to aid in dating and identification of this unique category of material culture. When supplemented by the spatial demographic of individual burials from which these artifacts were recovered, temporally sensitive data may be used to identify individual buried in this unmarked cemetery.
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Paper Tiger: Historic Newspaper Text from the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Material Culture Collection. Eric Burant, Nicholas W. Richards. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435189)
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