Protests & Social Action at UW-Madison during the 20th Century
Compiled by Tyler C. Kennedy and David Null
The student body of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a rich and diverse history of activism and protest. This site does not claim to be all-inclusive, but instead attempts to provide a representative selection of student protest throughout the twentieth century, using sources from the University Archives.
The University Archives has much more material on most of these events, including the full oral histories from which the sound clips were taken. The University of Wisconsin Collection includes digital copies of the 4 volume history of the university, plus many other useful sources. The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives also has strong collections on social action.
To see several hundred more protest images click on the link at the bottom of each of these pages.
For additional information, comments, suggested additions, etc., please contact the University Archives.