Rick Pifer is the retired director of reference and public services in the WHS's Library-Archives division. His research has focused on the Wisconsin home front during World War I and II. His MA thesis studied La Crosse during the two world wars as a vehicle through which to better understand the American response to war. He has also studied opposition to World War I. He is the author of the WHSP title, A City at War: Milwaukee Labor During World War II.