Construction of New Archives Begins

architect's rendering of new ArchivesThe UWM Libraries’ Archives $2.8 million renovation project gets underway this week on the west wing, third floor of the Golda Meir Library.

The transformative project will create 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.

Support for the Archives project was led by an anonymous gift of $1 million, with additional donors and the state of Wisconsin completing the funding.

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

Engberg Anderson Architects, who designed the State Archives Preservation Facility (2018) in Madison, are the lead architects on the project. JH Hassinger, Inc. is the general contractor.

Construction is scheduled for completion in fall 2022.