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Artifact and Memorabilia Collection

UW class ring, 1954. #arch3d0008ax
UW class ring, 1954. #arch3d0008

The Archives maintains a small collection of artifacts, memorabilia and ephemeral materials that document aspects of  UW campus history.

Artifacts are typically three-dimensional items of varying size and shape. They are loosely organized into the following categories of content:

  • Presidents and Chancellors
  • Faculty, Regents and Staff
  • Students and Alumni
  • University of Wisconsin Items and Artifacts
  • Medals and Plaques
  • Awards and Citations
  • Other Diplomas and Certificates
  • Intercollegiate and Intermural Sports

Examples of Artifacts include hats, uniforms, flags and pennants, pins and buttons, trophies, diplomas and other awards, items used in campus traditions such as Class Rush and commencement activities, and items that convey school spirit from various decades.

Memorabilia items are usually paper-based and two-dimensional. They are organized by decade and includes items such as event programs and tickets, student activities publications, posters and artwork for campus social and educational events, dance cards, materials related to celebrations and building dedications, and athletic memorabilia.

Items from this collection are often used in Library or campus-wide exhibits.

A representative sample of items from this collection are available in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives: Artifacts and Ephemera Collection hosted by the UW Digital Collections Center.

Search the Library Catalog for these items or contact the Archives for more information about this collection.


Snarling Badger hat. Memorabilia_00674
Snarling Badger hat. Memorabilia_00674

Football game ticket. 1930. Memorabilia_00487
Football game ticket. 1930. Memorabilia_00487

Paul Bunyan's Axe. 11/16/1948. #040502as110
Paul Bunyan’s Axe. 11/16/1948. #040502as110

UW engineering students' St. Patrick's Day celebration pin. 1952. #S07517
UW students’ St. Patrick’s Day pin. 1952. #S07517

Marching band hat, c. 1915. #Memorabilia_00675
Marching band hat, c. 1915. #Memorabilia_00675