Protests & Social Action at UW-Madison during the 20th Century

Anti Dow Protest at Commerce Building October 18, 1967
Anti-Dow Protest at Commerce Building, October 18, 1967

The student body of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a rich and diverse history of activism and protest.

This exhibit does not claim to be all-inclusive, but instead attempts to provide a representative selection of student protest throughout the twentieth century, using sources from the University Archives.

The University Archives has much more material on many of these events, including the full oral histories from which the sound clips were taken.

The University of Wisconsin Collection includes digital copies of the 4 volume history of the university, plus many other useful sources. The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives also has strong collections on social action.

Contact the University Archives for more information on this topic.

By Tyler Kennedy and David Null.