Audio and Film Collection

UW Bureau of Audio-Visual Instruction, 1950s. #S09468
Bureau of Audio-Visual Instruction, at UW-Madison, 1950s. #S09468

The University Archives maintains historic audio and film collections that document various aspects of our campus history including faculty lectures, building dedications, department celebrations, athletic and music events and student life throughout the 20th century.

Audio Collection

In addition to the UW Madison Oral History collection, the University Archives houses a small (and growing!) collection of audio materials. Audio formats include reel-to-reel, cassette tape and even some lesser known formats such as 12″ and 16″ transcription discs.

Film Collection

We maintain approximately 4,500 films and video items donated from individuals and entities associated with the University of Wisconsin. Formats include 8 mm and Super 8 mm, 16 mm, VHS, Beta and DVD. Our earliest film dates from the 1929 but most represent the mid-to late-20th century.

Some of these audio and film formats require assistance to view. Please call 608-262-5629 or email in advance of your visit to find out more about our audio and film collections.


Visit TheUWMadArchives on YouTube to view short clips from recently digitized films and multimedia presentations created from archives resources. Our channel playlists also present videos created by other campus entities that document UW Madison history.

Other Resources for Audio and Film

The following departments or organizations may also maintain audio and/or film collections that document campus history:

Spring Commencement at UW from “On to Wisconsin” (1929)