Several books on the history of women at the University of Wisconsin have been digitized by the UW-Libraries and collected in a History of Women at the University of Wisconsin Collection, which is itself a sub-collection of a University of Wisconsin Collection.
The History of Women books include:
- University Women : a Series of Essays / editors, Marian J. Swoboda, Audrey J. Roberts. Madison, WI: Office of Women, c1980-1993. Contents (some essays in each of the volumes apply to UW System as a whole or to other campuses within the System):
- V.1. They Came to Learn, They Came to Teach, They Came to Stay has chapters on individual women, including Margaret D’Doubler and Helen C. White.
- V.2. Wisconsin Women, Graduate School, and the Professions has chapters on departments or schools (e.g., Art Department, Law School), women on the academic staff, women and student government, a socioeconomic profile of faculty women at UW-Madison, and traditional and non-traditional choices of of disciplines by women; individual women are mentioned in context.
- V.3. Women Emerge in the Seventies has chapters on various organizations (e.g., Association of Faculty Women), issues (e.g., child care, role of President’s wife), and some personal reflections, including “Continuing Education: A Personal View,” by Kathryn Clarenbach.
- V.4. Women on Campus in the Eighties: Old Struggles, New Victories has chapters on Women’s Studies Outreach in Extension, the Office of the Women’s Studies Librarian, etc., issues (e.g. women with disabilities; salary equity), and tributes to some individuals, including “Ruth Bleier: Feminist Scientist.”
- Transforming Women’s Education : the History of Women’s Studies in the University of Wisconsin System. Madison, WI: Office of University Publications for the University of Wisconsin System, Women’s Studies Consortium, 1999.
– Includes a chapter on the founding and history of the Women’s Studies Program at UW-Madison.
- The Women of a State University, an Illustration of the Working of Coeducation in the Middle West, by Helen R. Olin. New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1909. Digitized in “Women Working, 1800-1930,” Harvard University Libraries.
– Based on the University of Wisconsin.
Other material online:
- The Dean of Women, by Lois Kimball Mathews Rosenberry, Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1915. She was Dean of Women at the University of Wisconsin and though the book is more general, many of her examples come from Wisconsin (search the text for “Wisconsin”). The book has been digitized by Google and is accessible through the Hathi Trust library repository. Appendix A is the constitution of the Self-Government Association of the Women Studies of the University of Wisconsin.
- The Status of Professional Women at the University of Wisconsin: Proposals for Change. Brochure prepared in 1971 by the Association of Faculty Women “to present facts about the status of professional women at the university, and recommendations for improving it.” ERIC #ED075004, digitized from microfiche version at the Educational Resources Information Center.
- Wisconsin by J. F. A. Pyre. New York: Oxford University Press, 1920. This history of the University of Wisconsin has been digitized by Google and is accessible through the Hathi Trust library repository. Searching within it for “women,” “female,” and “females” results in several hits.
Other Books and Theses:
- Andersen House, 1928-1964: a brief history, on women’s housing, was compiled by Maxine Brandt House. Madison, WI: 2008.
- “Give us a little time to find our places”: University of Wisconsin alumnae, classes of 1875-1900, by Amy Hague. M.A. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983.
- Continuing Education of Women: a Descriptive Study of Women Students Over Twenty-Five Years of Age at the University of Wisconsin, by Shirley Peterson Wright. M.S. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965.
- History of Physical Education for Women at the University of Wisconsin, 1889-1913 (Madison: University of Wisconsin, no date) and History of Physical Education for Women at the University of Wisconsin, 1898-1946 (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1951), are both by Blanche Mathilde Trilling. See also The Role of Blanche M. Trilling in the Development of the Women’s Sports Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1912-1946, by Jean W. Blanchard. M.A. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986.
- Report on the E.B. Fred Fellowship for Mature Women, 1963-1968: A Program in Continuing Education, by Marian L. Thompson and Lawrence Sager. Madison: University Extension, University of Wisconsin, 1970.