Libraries Reach Fundraising Goal for Archives Relocation

Archives Gallery

Archives Gallery. Rendering by Engberg Anderson Architects.

The UWM Libraries are very excited to announce that our Archives Renovation Project has met its campaign goal of $2.8 million.

Jumpstarted by an unsolicited, anonymous gift of $1 million in 2017, with additional donors and the state of Wisconsin completing the funding, the transformative project will provide the Archives Department with a new space within the Golda Meir Library.

The newly renovated Archives will include public spaces to meet the research and learning needs of our community, including a dedicated classroom; consolidate and expand collection storage; and provide essential environmental controls for collection preservation.

The  UWM Archives contains the most significant civil rights collection in the city, WTMJ-TV news film from the 1950s to 1980, an extensive photograph collection of Milwaukee’s Polonia, and the largest LGBT collection in the state. This project will improve our ability to share these collections with the UWM community and the public.

Engberg Anderson Architects, who designed the recently completed State Archives Preservation Facility (2018) in Madison, are the lead architects on the project.

Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2021.