About the Archives

The primary purpose of the Archives is to preserve University records and information of permanent historical value; provide records management services; and serve as an educational resource encouraging administrative and scholarly research in its collections.

Our collections include over 26,000 cubic feet of paper and published material; 2.5 million photos, over 1,400 oral histories, 4,500 films and videos, 8,500 audio recordings, memorabilia, campus publications and other University records.

How may we help you?

  • Research assistance: Let us help you research topics related to UW history.
  • Collection development and preservation: Donate your campus history-related items to the Archives. We’ll preserve and make them available to future generations of researchers interested in UW history.
  • Media/digitization: Need images or audio to enhance your story, spruce up your Web site or help celebrate a department milestone? Make an appointment to review our media collections!
  • Records management services: Our records manager works with UW departments to organize and accession official University records.
  • Oral history program: Tell us YOUR story related to campus history!

You can find us at 425 Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Drive; M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

For more information, contact the Archives at uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu or 608-262-5629.

Extension Center Campus Capers, 1952, #S09452
Extension Center Campus Capers, 1952, #S09452

Lincoln Statue viewed from Bascom Hall, #S02411
Lincoln Statue viewed from Bascom Hall, #S02411

Ice skating on Library Mall, #S12109
Ice skating on Library Mall, #S12109

Memorial Union 25th anniversary, 1953, #dn03082211
Memorial Union 25th anniversary, #dn03082211

Karl Paul Link, 1945. #S00093
UW professor Karl Paul Link, 1945. #S00093