The American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) was established in 1978 when the research collections of the American Geographical Society (AGS) moved, and ownership was transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From the late nineteenth into the mid-twentieth centuries the AGS lead the nation in the collection and distribution of geographic information through involvement in important events in history from assisting with the United States’ effort to prepare for and participate in the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War I to leading an effort to map the world at the 1:1,000,000 scale.

By the middle of the twentieth century, the AGS had compiled a cartographic collection that held items such as maps, atlases, and globes, a library with an internationally focused monograph and serial collection and a burgeoning photograph and film negative collection. Following World War II, these collections comprised more than 500,000 items. The collections have thrived at UWM and today, the AGSL consists of nearly 2 million items including maps, atlases, globes, photographs, monographs, serials and digital geospatial data.

Upcoming events

“Monitoring Downer Woods by people and satellites”
Friday, February 10th, 2023 at 3pm at the AGSL

On Friday, February 10th, Dr. Alison Donnelly will give a lecture about the importance of monitoring shrubs and trees in Downer Woods to understand how climate change will impact temperate deciduous forests in general.

This lecture is part of UWM’s Academic Adventurers, a continuing series of informal Friday afternoon programs which give members of the UWM community the opportunity to hear about their colleagues adventures abroad and afield.

Talks begin at 3 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library, third floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library. Free and open to the public!

For more information or to arrange for special needs, call 414-229-6282. To receive email updates about Academic Adventure lectures, send an email to with the subject Academic Adventure updates.

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Mon-Fri: 9am – 4:30pm


UWM Golda Meir Library
Third Floor East Wing
2311 E Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211


(414) 229-6282