About the Collection
The History of UW-Whitewater 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-Whitewater's history, contact the UW-Whitewater Archives.
About the Collection
The History of Women at the University of Wisconsin 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. Flickering Clusters: Women, Science, and Collaborative Transformations, edited by Cheryl Ney, Jacqueline Ross, and Laura Stempel (2001), describes the lessons learned from a curriculum reform and faculty development project devised by the Women's Studies Consortium and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Women at Stout: A Centennial Retrospective, by Beatrice A. Bigony (1991), highlights the history of women on the Stout campus. We expect to add other material to this collection and welcome suggestions.
A short video, Women in Science, which offers historical documentation of women's studies teaching (and library resources) at UW-Madison from when it was made in 1984, is also available.
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.
About the Collection
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.