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About the Collection

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives collects and preserves a variety of artifacts, ephemeral material and three dimensional objects that document campus history. These items have been collected over the years from university departments, faculty, staff, alumni or other entities connected to our university. Main collecting areas include clothing and hats, key documents, posters and artwork, medals and awards, dance cards, pins and jewelry, banners, sports memorabilia, and other items that document unique campus traditions and events. There are over 1,000 artifacts currently housed in the University Archives, located in Steenbock Library on campus. A representative sample of items from the UW-Madison Archives Artifacts and Ephemera Collection are presented here.

Some campus departments or colleges maintains their own collection of artifacts related to campus history and faculty research including the Physics Museum, the Geology Museum and the Zoology Museum. Other area repositories that collect and preserve artifacts related to campus and/or Madison history include the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

For more information about the Artifacts and Ephemera Collection, contact the Archives at uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu or visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu.


About the Collection

History of UW-Stout

The History of UW-Stout Collection includes materials that represent the students, faculty, campus, events, and classroom work on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and its predecessors. This collection is representative of the institution's long-standing polytechnic educational tradition. This growing digital collection is drawn from the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Archives. The items in the collection were selected by the campus Archives staff, and many of the subject descriptions have been contributed by the university's alumni and emeriti faculty. For more information about the history of the UW-Stout and its predecessors, contact the UW-Stout Archives.


About the Collection

image: Logos Beginning in 1967, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Directory and Records Book was published annually in order to provide a written record of the individual and team accomplishments for those sports sponsored by the conference at any given point in time.The book was produced in hard copy by the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) from 1967 until 1996, the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC) from 1979 until 1996 and the WIAC from 1997 until 2009. Beginning in 2010, the WIAC Directory and Records Book was no longer produced in hard copy with the contents previously contained within the book disbursed and posted under various categories on the WIAC website.


About the Collection

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The UW-Madison Libraries Image Collection contains photographs of the campus libraries featuring images of the buildings and spaces that make up the campus library system. Also included in the collection are images of library staff, service areas, exhibits, and events.

The images were recorded by a variety of photographers and some were used in various publications over the years. While of course not a comprehensive collection, the UW-Madison Libraries Image Collection aims to bring these once scattered images together to increase ease of access and provide an historical record of UW-Madison campus library spaces.


About the Collection

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The MSC was established in 1988 as a direct result of organizing efforts by students of color and their allies (See, Holley Report). The MSC's first Home (1988-1998) was in the Memorial Union where it was strategically referred to as the "Interim Multicultural Student Center (IMSC)". In 1999 the the MSC simultaneously celebrated it's 10th anniversary and the dedication of its new facility located on the 2nd floor of the Red Gym (716 Langdon St.). The Multicultural Student Center (MSC)--a unit of the Division of Student Life --honors the Center’s historic legacy in its mission : To collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. In order to do so, the MSC grounds all of its work in a Social Justice framework. Social Justice, which is defined as: "equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs" (Adams, Bell, Griffin; 2007), is our interpretation of the Wisconsin Idea.

Compiled in conjunction with the MSC's 25th (Silver) anniversary, this archive strives to document and preserve the history of UW Madison students who are underrepresented in campus collections. The bulk of the MSC Archive comprises representative samples from photograph albums arranged by Candace McDowell, the founding Director of the Multicultural Student Center. The photo albums cover the years between 1991 and 2007 and document events and activities sponsored by the MSC. The annual Multicultural Student Orientation and Reception (MCOR) and yearly MSC graduation celebrations are particularly well represented in the collection. The albums depict other Multicultural Student Center events, including speakers, retreats, and student trips as well as, daily life at the MSC. The photo albums also document events and activities of affiliated student organizations like the Wisconsin Black Student Union, the Hmong American Student Association, Wunk Sheek, La Colectiva Cultural de Aztlan, and many others. This collection includes posters and fliers advertising: movies, speakers, dances, lectures, and other events sponsored by allied student organizations in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

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