The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine (1899-1936), called Wisconsin Alumnus (1936-1990) and On Wisconsin (1991-present), is a good source of articles about professors, departments, etc. It has been digitized through 1990 by the UW Libraries as part of a “University of Wisconsin Collection.” Search the issues by keyword by selecting “Wisconsin Alumni Magazine” from the drop-down menu on the search page. It is also possible to browse by issue by selecting “browse the collection” from the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine page. Issues of On Wisconsin since 1999 are archived on the Past Issues page of On Wisconsin. Here are some examples of articles in the alumni magazine:

  • “Women in the University of Wisconsin,” by Emma O. Lundberg, v. 9, no. 7 (1908): 263-269, gives some statistics on women/men enrolled in the College of Letters and Science (where women outnumbered men 154 to 105 in 1907)
  • “The Women of State University,” by William J. Anderson. Wisconsin Alumni Magazine v.11, no. 2 (Nov. 1909): 53-55. (Anderson reviews a book by that title, which was based on the University of Wisconsin, by Helen R. Olin.)
  • “Marriage of College Women,” by Helen R. Olin. Wisconsin Alumni Magazine v. 11, 2 (Nov. 1909): 56-57. (A letter to the editor)
  • “When Women Were First Admitted,” by Annie Taylor Noyes. Wisconsin Alumni Magazine v. 30, 2 (Nov. 1928): 45-46. Recollections of a member of the class of 1865.
  • “Wisconsin Women,” by Jeanne D. Lamoreaux, v. 45, no. 8 (1944): 4-7
  • “WSGA Marks 50th Anniversary” in “”The University As We See It” column, v. 49, no. 5 (Feb., 1948): 20-21 (on the Women’s Self-Government Association) [For a fuller look at women in student government, see “Women and Student Government,” by Buff Wright, in Wisconsin Women, Graduate School and the Professions, V. II of University Women: A Series of Essays (Madison: University of Wisconsin System, 1980): 109-119.]
  • “New Hours for Coeds: An Example of the Change in Student Affairs,” v. 65, no. 5 (1964): 12-13
  • “Mother is Back in College,” by Jean Clausen, v. 66, no. 10 (1965): 8-11.
  • “They Drive By Night,” by Mary Decker Kilgore, v. 82, no. 4 (1981): 5-6 (on Women’s Transit Authority)
  • “The Women’s Studies Program,” by Barbara J. Wolff, v. 83, no. 2 (1982): 18-19
  • “Nellie McKay’s Mission,” by Jeff Iseminger, v. 91, no. 1 (1989): 13-14
  • The column “Wisconsin Women” appeared in many issues throughout the 1950s, mostly written by Grace Chatterton. On the search page, select title search from the first drop-down menu and put in “Wisconsin Women;” select Wisconsin Alumni Magazine from the second drop-down menu, click on “search.”
  • Issues of On Wisconsin since 1999 are archived on the Past Issues page of On Wisconsin. Check the Library Catalog to find print issues of On Wisconsin from 1991-8 and print versions of the alumni publication under its earlier names. Examples of articles on women in On Wisconsin: “Uneven Lies,” by John Allen in the Summer 2003 issue is on Title IX and women athletes, golfers in particular. “Badger Beauties,” by Candice Gaukel Andrews in the Fall, 2003, issue describes the beauty contest held on campus from 1931-1969. “Dancing With Her Mind,” by Michael Penn in the Summer 2005 issue is about dancer Li Chiao-Ping. “Reflecting on Joyce Carol Oates: Fellow Alumna and Friend,” by Joanne Vanish Creighton in the Summer 2009 issue discusses Oates’ time here as an MA student in 1960-61. It also includes an excerpt from Oates’ Nighthawk: A Memoir of Lost Time.

The Wisconsin (Badger) Yearbooks are also digitized from 1885 to the present. From 1922 to 1933 there were separate sections in the Badger entitled “Wisconsin Women” covering women’s organizations on campus. To retrieve those sections, search for the title “Wisconsin Women” within the specific title Wisconsin Badger.


  • There are likely to be articles on women’s studies and women at the university in the Daily Cardinal, Badger Herald, and Madison newspapers The Cap Times and Wisconsin State Journal. Try their websites for current and recently archived articles.
  • For somewhat older articles, use Lexis-Nexis database. Once in Lexis-Nexis, select Power Search and enter your searches following this pattern:
    (publication (Badger Herald) OR publication (Daily Cardinal)) and whateveyouaresearchingfor. Source: All news . [Selected articles are available back to around 1997.]
    (publication (Wisconsin State Journal) OR publication (Capital Times)) and [your keywords]. Source: All news. [Articles back to 1992].
  • There is also an online index back to 1960 to the Wisconsin State Journal and other state newspapers available through the South Central Library System. Within Linkcat, click on “newspapers” and then put your keywords in the search box. Selected articles from the Wisconsin State Journal (through 1977) are also in For Wisconsin State Journal articles from 1978-1991, or for those from other years not in the Newspaper Archive, use the Microfilm version in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.
  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is good at covering women’s studies events and other topics related to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-System. For articles from the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel, as well as its current combined name, use Google News Archive Advanced Search and put in the source “Milwaukee” and whatever search terms you wish to use.

The Wisconsin Academy Review, (online 1954-2000), now called Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, 1870/72-present (online 1878-2001) are parts of the “State of Wisconsin Collection” digitized by the University of Wisconsin Libraries. They occasionally have articles about women professors and their work. Select these periodicals from the search page and do keyword searches for people, etc. Check the Library Catalog for locations of the print volumes.

Women’s Sports history is celebrated in the history section of the Athletics Department website. Click on “30th Anniversary of Women’s Sports,” the anniversary video, and links to individual women’s sports, by sport. See also “Women’s Athletics at Madison and Title IX,” by Kit Saunders, in Women Emerge in the Seventies (volume III of University Women), edited by Marian J. Swoboda and Audrey J. Roberts (Madison: UW System, 1980): 81-92; and for discussion of various protests about unequal facilities for women athletes, see pp. 71-72 of Transforming Women’s Education: The History of Women’s Studies in the University of Wisconsin System (Madison: UW System, 1999) and the footnotes to that discussion.

The Wisconsin Magazine of History, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society, occasionally publishes articles relevant to the history of the University, such as “The University in 1874-1887,” by Florence Bascom, WMH 8, no. 3 (March 1925): 300-308, which discusses the status of women on campus during those years.