Archives News

  • January 9th, 2018

    Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Grants to Scholars 2018 Call for Proposals – Deadline March 1, 2018 The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is pleased to […]

  • April 29th, 2016

    The University Archives is hosting an open house on April 28, 2017 from 5 pm to 8pm on the first floor of Steenbock Library to showcase some materials from our […]

  • Mary Hinkson, c. 1945
    February 5th, 2016

    In honor of Black History Month, check out Harvey Long’s African-Americans at the University of Wisconsin (1875-1969). For more information about UW campus history, contact or visit On, […]

  • St. Paul’s 1915. Meuer Photoart Collection, UW-Madison Archives.
    January 6th, 2016

    On Sunday, January 3, 2016, St. Paul University Catholic Center celebrated its last mass in its current building.  Originally conceived in 1906 and dedicated in 1910, a new building is planned […]

  • "Crazylegs" starring Elroy Hirsch
    January 6th, 2016

    Badger football fanatics are likely familiar with the legacy of Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, a star for UW (Madison) and its eventual Director of Athletics. Less known is Hirsch’s second act: a short but […]

  • UW alum, Larry O'Brien('64), poses with his band jacket and clarinet.
    December 18th, 2015

    We LOVE our alumni. Especially alums like Larry O. (’64) who generously shared with us his memories and items from his clarinet-playing days at UW-Madison. Larry accompanied the marching band […]

  • Cherry Harvesting, 2015/283
    December 2nd, 2015

    Enjoy a selection of photos that document cherry harvesting in Wisconsin (2015/283). Scenes of Wisconsin: Cherry Harvesting Technology, 1960-1964 Over the course of the 1960s, harvesters experimented with new technologies to […]

  • Homecoming 1960 at UW (Madison). Image #S16910.
    November 30th, 2015

    We recently acquired a small collection of color slides documenting 1960 Homecoming activities at UW (Madison), Accession #2015/278. Thanks to UW alumni, Christopher Fortune (BS, 1962) for sharing these beautiful images […]

  • November 18th, 2015

    Looking Back: The Vietnam Era in Madison, a special event co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Archives and Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, will take a look at the critical moments in Madison […]

  • Letter from Jere to Al.
    November 5th, 2015

    Little else sets our souls aflame at UW-Archives than finding a mysterious love letter. And nothing surpasses a love letter that mentions the campus itself. Last week, our student staff extraordinaire, […]

  • Wisconsin budget repair bill protests. Madison, Wisconsin. Feb. 2011.
    November 2nd, 2015

    This collection of photos documents protest activities in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, in February 2011. UW-Madison Teaching Assistant’s Association (TAA) as well as other UW faculty, staff and students, and community […]

  • Robert Gard at WHA, Image #S10381.
    October 12th, 2015

    Robert E. Gard Foundation Oral History Project is a new collection of oral history interviews that commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gard’s “Arts in the Small Community Project.” The Gard Foundation collected stories from artists, […]

  • Oral History in the Digital Age
    August 24th, 2015

    Please join us for a workshop on collecting, editing, preserving, and disseminating oral histories in a digital environment. The workshop will be led by nationally recognized expert Doug Boyd, and […]

  • WHC logo
    June 26th, 2015

    UW Oral History Program head, Troy Reeves, was recently selected to serve on the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Reeves has led workshops and public conferences across Wisconsin, educating the public in the practice […]

  • Hockey players, 1929. #040502as139
    June 24th, 2015

    What do we do? The primary purpose of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives is to collect and preserve University records and information of permanent historical value and serve as an […]