We offer research assistance for individuals working with primary sources. You can schedule a one-on-one meeting with an archivist to discuss possible archival resources and search strategies for your project, whether it is for a class assignment, doctoral dissertation, or personal genealogy research.

What should I expect from a research assistance meeting?

During the meeting, we’ll identify potential sources of information, introduce you to the various archives research tools, discuss advanced searching techniques and collections appropriate for a specific research topic.

How does this work?

In order to use this service, you should have a specific research topic for which you need assistance. The research consultation can last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your topic in-depth with us and we’ll offer advice as to what archives resources will aid you in your research. We can’t do your research for you, but we can advise you on choosing appropriate search terms, developing a search strategy, and suggest specific collections which may be useful for your research.

Do I need to be a UWM student?

We’re happy to work with all researchers, whether you are a member of the UWM community or the general public.

When is research assistance available?

Meetings should be scheduled at least one business day in advance and are available during our scheduled hours of operation.

Where should I go for research assistance?

Research consultations take place in the Archives Department. Stop by our front desk and we’ll point you in the right direction!

Contact us at askarch@uwm.edu or (414) 229-5402.