The Archives Department has the two-fold mission of documenting the history of UWM and providing access to primary sources, largely from the metropolitan Milwaukee area, that have long-term research and instructional value for UWM academic programs.

We serve as the Milwaukee Area Research Center for the Wisconsin Historical Society, providing access to WHS’s holdings from around the state from the convenience of our reading room. The Archives supports academic instruction for courses at UWM and other institutions at all levels across the city, state, and the United States. The Archives also coordinates the university’s records management program to ensure compliance with university policy and applicable laws.

We invite you to make an appointment before your visit so we can have your materials ready for you when you arrive. Walk-in visitors are welcome as well.


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