Historic UW-Madison Art Deco Desk Lamps. These are rare and date to the 1930s. Old labels designate these lamps as the “Property of the Short Course Dorm, University of Wisconsin-Madison.” They are numbered 453 & 217. Very heavy cast iron and aluminum capped weighted bases surmounted by a glass globe separator supporting a nickel steel column. The glass diffuser shades are new. Only one is wired and both should have the wiring upgraded. Considered architectural salvage.
Height 16.5”, without shade.
Overall height, with shade.
The “Short Course” Brief History.
The College of Agriculture
“Farm Short Course” was mandated on Jan. 20, 1885. The Short Course was the first strictly agricultural course to be given in the state and was in session by January 1886. The course covered a period of 12 weeks and embraced 60 lectures, each on some phase of agriculture, agricultural chemistry and agricultural botany. Twenty-four lectures were held on veterinary science. During the 1931-32 Short Course session, the University of Wisconsin Regents first made available twenty, $75 scholarships for Short Course students. Short Course students were then housed on campus in “dormitories,” which consisted of remodeled wooden barracks from World War I. During the 1935-36 session, the Farm Short Course became the official title to what had been called simply the “Short Course.” The celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Farm and Industry Short Course was held on Jan. 30, 2010. This phenomenal agricultural program continues today.