The Archives contains a variety of materials from UWM and its predecessor institutions (the Wisconsin State Normal School, the Milwaukee State Teachers College, and the Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee) that can be used for genealogical research about former students and staff members. The following is a listing of the types of resources available in the Archives.

Alumni Information

The Archives contains a 1990 alumni directory as well as alumni magazines and newspapers dating from 1953 to the present.

College Catalogs

College catalogs from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries include the names of faculty, staff, and students, as well as lists of graduates and alumni directories.

Commencement Programs

Date from 1912 to the present. Can be used to verify graduation and degrees granted.

Faculty/Staff Newsletters

The UWM Report, dating from 1976 to the present, contains information about UWM faculty, staff, and students, as well as information about academic programs and campus events.


The UWM Photographic Services Collection, dating from 1898 to 1989, contains images of students, faculty, and staff, and includes photos relating to student organizations, school activities, and school sports, among others. A selection of images can be viewed online.

School Newspapers and Magazines

Student newspapers and magazines date from 1920 to the present.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Directories

Can be used to determine former addresses of students and degree programs that they were in, as well as courses that faculty taught and departments that faculty and staff were in.

Student Organization Records

The Archives contains student organization directories, information about student organizations in collections of UWM administrative records, as well as records from numerous student organizations.


Date from 1896-1968 (with several gaps). Yearbooks contain photographs and can also be used to determine if individuals belonged to any student organizations and clubs. Yearbooks from 1942 to 1968 can be viewed online.