UW-Madison: Archives and Records Management Services

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Featured Images

Featured Images from the Archives

Help identify the moments and personalities that have shaped the history of UW-Madison. This rotating exhibit of images from the University Archives changes monthly—this month, we're helping to celebrate the School of Veterinary Medicine's 1st Annual Alumni Reception. View images...

University of Wisconsin Collection

The University of Wisconsin Collection

This collection of photographs, images, and texts includes:

  • The Badger Yearbook, 1885 and 1888-1977
  • The University of Wisconsin: A History (4 volumes)
  • Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, 1899-1990
  • University of Wisconsin Alumni Directory, 1849-1919
  • University of Wisconsin Archive Images    And more...
1940-41 NCAA Basketball Championship team

1940-41 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Team

After a slow start to the season, the 1940-41 UW men's basketball team dominated the Big Ten conference and went on to become UW's first—and so far only—national champions. Look at images and read more about these Badger history-makers. More...

Buildings of the University of Wisconsin

Buildings of the University of Wisconsin

In 1997, former UW student Jim Feldman published The Buildings of the University of Wisconsin. It was the first comprehensive account of all of the physical structures that make up the UW-Madison campus—from heating plants and parking structures to the more stately facades of Bascom and Science Halls. This digital collection combines the original text with additional images of the buildings. More...

Early Hoofers History

Early Hoofers History

Hoofers had its start in 1931, when a professor, an administrator, and several students joined forces to promote outdoor activities and to provide access to recreational equipment. Hoofers has since grown to become one of the largest student outdoor recreation organizations in the country and currently has approximately 2,200 members in six clubs: Sailing, Ski and Snowboard, Riding, Mountaineering, Outing, and SCUBA. This timeline traces the history of the Hoofers organization from the 1920s through the 1970s. More...

The Brittingham Family

The Brittingham Family

Thomas Evans and Mary Clark Brittingham were one of Madison's most recognizable couples in the early 1900s. A combination of wealth, social status, and affiliations enabled them to exert influence on the policies and landscape of their city. This narrative about the family is illustrated with images from the Brittingham Family Lantern Slide Collection, recently digitized by UW-Madison.   More...

Women's athletics

"Health and Fun Shall Walk Hand in Hand": The First 100 Years of Women's Athletics at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of women's intercollegiate athletics. But women's sports at Wisconsin enjoy a much older and richer tradition than this milestone suggests. This narrative traces the history of Wisconsin women's athletics back to the 19th Century.  More...

Alan Ameche

Alan "The Horse" Ameche

Alan "The Horse" Ameche played football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1951-1954. A consensus All-American, Ameche was Wisconsin's first Heisman trophy winner, in 1954. After graduating from UW, Ameche was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and played six seasons for them.   More...

Chancellors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chancellors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brief biographical sketches and photographs of every chief executive of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, starting with John Hiram Lathrop in 1849. Includes a link to a similar page about the presidents of the University of Wisconsin system.  More...

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 inventory and assess cultural landscape resources on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. While individual buildings help to define the landscape, our focus is not so much on the structures themselves, but on how the buildings help to define an outdoor space. In addition to looking at specific campus sectors, a broad archaeological survey of campus was conducted, focusing on nearly 100 acres of campus lands where several new ancient habitation sites were identified.    More...

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 Wisconsin collection 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.   More...

Mildred Fish Harnack

Mildred Fish Harnack

The story of Mildred Fish Harnack, Wisconsin native and UW-Madison graduate. Mildred was executed by the Nazis in 1943 for her association with the Red Orchestra, a German anti-Hitler resistance movement. Includes photographs, documents, samples of Mildred's writing, and correspondence between Mildred and her husband, Arvid Harnack, also executed by the Nazis.   More...

Wisconsin Electronic Reader

Wisconsin Electronic Reader

Stories, essays, letters, poems, biographies, journals and tidbits from Wisconsin history. Contains a wealth of profusely illustrated first-hand accounts. A cooperative digital imaging project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.   More..

Ecology and Natural Resources Collection

Ecology and Natural Resources Collection

This collection contains unique and valuable titles on ecology and natural resources, as well as writings about research conducted by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff, including:

  • Arboretum Unpublished Research Works
  • Images from the Aldo Leopold Papers, 1903-1948
  • Virginia M. Kline Collection: Ecological Communities of Wisconsin   More...
Home Economics to Human Ecology

Home Economics to Human Ecology: A Centennial History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Home Economics to Human Ecology is a digital collection of photographs and ephemera illustrating aspects of the past 100 years at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   More...

The State of Wisconsin Collection

The State of Wisconsin Collection

Materials about the State of Wisconsin and its history and ongoing development. These published and archival materials were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and maps. Includes many resources closely related to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including:

  • Board of Regents Reports to the Governor, 1852-1914 (click on Public Documents of the State of Wisconsin)
  • Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters
  • The Story of Madison, by Reuben Gold Thwaites   More...
The Literature Collection

The Literature Collection

The Literature Collection is a multi layered grouping of works in literature and the humanities. From medieval to modern, scholarly to satirical, there is something for everyone. Includes the full text of the Wisconsin Literary Magazine from 1903-1929, to which many University of Wisconsin-Madison students and faculty contributed over the years.  More...