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History of UW-Parkside

The History of UW-Parkside Collection includes resources that document the history and evolution of this campus. The collection includes published material as well as archival materials and may eventually include additional books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study of our state's university system and its campuses. The materials included in this rich and growing collection were selected by librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists.

For more information about UW-Parkside's history, contact the UW-Parkside Archives & Area Research Center.


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Mildred Fish Harnack

Mildred Fish Harnack was a Wisconsin native and UW-Madison graduate, executed by the Nazis in 1943 for her association with the Red Orchestra, a German anti-Hitler resistance movement. This collection of materials documents her time at UW Madison and through photographs, documents, writing samples, and correspondence between Mildred and her husband, Arvid Harnack, also executed by the Nazis. This collection was created from materials selected for display at UW Madison Memorial Library in Fall 2010, celebrating Mildred Fish Harnack. The UW Madison Division of International Studies hosts the Mildred Fish Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture on campus each fall: http://international.wisc.edu/research-and-awards/mildred-fish-harnack/.

For more information about Mildred Fish Harnack, the UW Madison Archives hosts a timeline detailing Mildred's life, time at UW Madison and participation in anti-Hitler movement at http://archives.library.wisc.edu/uw-archives/mfh/sectionpages/index.html.


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About the Collection

About the University of When does an aggregation of "stories" become a "history"? The history of the University of Wisconsin is far too colorful and texture-rich to be told in a single document. Within these collections you will find images, manuscripts, papers, and books, all relating in some way to the University's mission (detailed below). Each record speaks its own truth; each highlights different people, places and accomplishments; each contributes a unique piece of the story.

The teacher, researcher, or curious citizen is encouraged to explore this collection on a continuing basis, since items will be added to it regularly. The door to the vault has been opened, but only just, and new treasures will continually come to light.

The University of Wisconsin Mission

Each institution of the University of Wisconsin System shares in the mission of the system.

The mission of this system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.

More Information about Selected Subcollections

Badger Chemist (1953-2003)

Badger Chemist (1953-2003) The Badger Chemist is a newsletter publication of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry. Initiated in 1953, The Badger Chemist is published annually and features articles, commentary, news items, and photographs concerning students, faculty, and alumni of the Department of Chemistry.

Badger Yearbooks

Badger Yearbooks The first yearbook of the University of Wisconsin was published in April 1884 and called the Trochos, which is a Greek word for badger. The second yearbook, also called Trochos, was not published until 1887. The first Badger was published in February 1888, and the Badger was published until 2003, with one hiatus in 1973-74. The Alumni Association helped publish volumes for those two years which basically only contain student photographs.

A confusing fact is that until 1932 the yearbooks were done by the junior class and the date on the cover is the class year of the junior class. Thus the first Trochos has '85 on the cover, and the first Badger, although published in 1888, is called the '89 Badger. This means, for example, that a person who was a senior in 1910 would have their senior photograph in the 1911 Badger. Also, the yearbooks covered athletic and social events of the year, or even two years, before the date on the yearbook. In 1932, the yearbook became a senior class publication; there are two 1932 yearbooks, and afterwards the date on the yearbook is of the senior class.

Also remember that many people did not have photographs in the yearbook, so you may not find a senior picture, although you may find a person in a group photograph of a fraternity, sorority, sports team, etc. Also, because the Badgers were often printed on colored paper, with various type fonts, images on pages with text over them, etc., the search engine may not work well. You may want to browse individual years of the Badger.

The Cultural Landscape of the UW-Madison Campus

The Cultural Landscape of the UW-Madison Campus This photo gallery was developed as a research tool to support a two-year effort to inventory and assess cultural landscape resources on the University of Wisconsin-Madison main campus. The study will culminate in November 2005 with the publication of a Cultural Landscape Resource Plan. This plan will provide university administrators with direction for preserving and managing these culturally significant places. <more>

The Experimental College


Free Speech and its Relation to Self-Government

Selected Works of Alexander Meiklejohn The University of currently provides access to two important works by noted philosopher and educator Alexander Meiklejohn. Meiklejohn was, among other things, the founder and director of the Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he pursued his vision of exploring innovative (and sometimes radical) approaches to teaching and learning. The two works included here are: "Free Speech and its Relation to Self-Government" which was published in 1948 and "The Experimental College" which was published in 1932.

Noteworthy features of this distinguished work, the first edition, include the use of cross-refrences; the Dedication to the King, George II, and the compiler's "Plan of the Work," within the prefatory section, volume one.

The History of Limnology

The History of LimnologyThe Center for Limnology is a research facility affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Center for Limnology was established in July 1982 to plan, conduct, and facilitate inland freshwater research. The Center grew out of almost one hundred years of limnology at the University initiated by E.A. Birge and Chancey Juday, who founded limnology in North America through extensive descriptive and comparative studies. Our roots were further developed by Arthur D. Hasler, who led the way in experimental limnology and facilitated four decades of aquatic studies at Wisconsin. Our present program builds on these approaches and has expanded to include long-term studies, synthesis, modeling, Great Lakes research, and application to resource management and environmental issues.

The History of Women at the University of Wisconsin

The History of Women at the University of Wisconsin The History of Women at the University of augments the general histories of the University by focusing on the roles and activities of women students, faculty, and staff and on the development of women’s studies throughout the System. The initial collection consists of seven works published by the University. Four are part of a series of essays entitled University Women. The parts are They Came to Learn, They Came to Teach, They Came to Stay; Wisconsin Women, Graduate School, and the Professions; and Women Emerge in the Seventies, all edited by Marian J. Swoboda, and Audrey J. Roberts in 1980; and Women on Campus in the Eighties: Old Struggles, New Victories, edited by Marian J. Swoboda, Audrey J. Roberts, and Jennifer Hirsch in 1993. Transforming Women’s Education: The History of Women’s Studies in the University of Wisconsin System, a collaborative project of and by the University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Consortium (1999), presents the history in a topical/chronological arrangement, with chapters of the early history of women at the University of Wisconsin, the work of UW-Extension, the beginnings of women’s studies, and the work of the Systemwide Women’s Studies Consortium.

University of Wisconsin Hoofers Club

University of Wisconsin Hoofers Club The scrapbooks in this collection were created by members of Hoofers to document their organization. Through photographs, newsletters, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia, the scrapbooks detail the group’s outings and activities from the 1930s through the early 1960s.

The University of Wisconsin: A History

The University of Wisconsin: A History There have been many histories written of the University of Wisconsin and its schools, colleges, and departments. The University is fortunate to have a major, scholarly 4 volume history covering 1848 to 1971. The first two volumes, covering 1848-1925, were written by Merle Curti and Vernon Carstensen and basically defined the genre of university histories. The second two volumes (1925-1945, 1945-1971) were written by E. David Cronon and John W. Jenkins.

University of Wisconsin Alumni Directory, 1849-1919

University of Wisconsin Alumni Directory, 1849-1919 The alumni directory published in 1921, which covers 1849-1919, is considered to be the most complete of the early directories. It lists graduates alphabetically by name (including degree granted, date, and where he/she was living in 1920/21), by year of graduation, and by state or country of origin. It also includes a directory of faculty members and officers up to 1919.

University of Wisconsin Archive Images

University of Wisconsin Archive Images The University Archives is digitizing photographs and other images of university history. Currently there are collections dealing with the Chancellors and Presidents, Memorial Union, Student Activities, Student Protest, and Athletics. To access the collections, click on Search the Catalog. You will see a series of thumbnails which you can click on to browse the images. You can also search by keywords, e.g. football, Sterling Hall, women, etc.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Athletic Department Collection

University of Wisconsin Archive Images The University of Wisconsin - Madison Athletic Department Collection contains photos and archival materials that document a variety of sports, coaches and student athletes, and their experiences competing for the UW-Madison teams.

William J. Meuer Photoart Collection

William J. Meuer Photoart Collection The William J. Meuer Photoart Collection is an outstanding visual history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its surrounding community. The collection was compiled by renowned local photographer William J. Meuer who with his brother, Roman, opened the Meuer Photoart House on State Street in 1916. Dating from 1888 to 1935, 25 large bound albums contain nearly 27,000 individual prints.

Wisconsin Alumni Magazine

Wisconsin Alumni Magazine (1899-1989) The Wisconsin Alumni Association has published a magazine continuously since October 1899. The publication was called the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine from 1899 to 1935 (volumes 1-37), the Wisconsin Alumnus from 1936 to 1988 (volumes 38-89), and the Wisconsin Alumni from 1988-90 (volumes 90-91). In 1990 the publication became On Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Engineer

Wisconsin Engineer The Wisconsin Engineer was first published in June 1896 by the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin, and it continues to this day. For recent issues, see Wisconsin Engineer.


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University of Wisconsin - Madison Athletic Department Collection - UW.UWArchives.040502as126.bib

Tailback Brent Moss #33 carries the ball for the University of Wisconsin-Madison team during the 1994 Rose Bowl game. Wisconsin defeated UCLA 21-16.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department Collection contains photos and archival materials that document a variety of sports, coaches and student athletes, and their experiences competing for the UW-Madison teams.

Media Guides

The Wisconsin Athletic Communications Office has for years produced media guides for all of the sports at the UW-Madison. These publications have evolved over time. They once were intended solely for use by the media as factual reference guides. They have since become "yearbooks," publications designed to assist in the recruitment of student-athletes to the UW. Regardless, they are filled with biographical and historical information that Badger fans will enjoy.


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