Microtext Collection and Newspapers

Roll of Microfilm unwound

What is Microtext?
Microtext is a term for all media formats used to store greatly reduced text or graphic images. These images are magnified then viewed and scanned with special equipment. Microtext materials may include newspapers, journals, dissertations, monographs, U.S. government documents, genealogical materials, and manuscripts.  The Microtext collection is located in the lower level, west wing of the Library.

Microfilm: a continuous roll of positive or negative 16 or 35mm photographic film.
Microfiche: a card-shaped sheet of photographic film, usually 3″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″.
Microprint: a sheet of opaque material such as card stock, either 6″ x 9″ (microprint) or 3″ x 5″ (microcard.)

How To Find Microtext
Microtext is arranged in Library of Congress call number order. They are located in cabinets, and users retrieve materials themselves.

Equipment is available for viewing or scanning.  Scanning is free.  Scans can be attached to an email or saved to a user’s flash drive. The Library has two ScanPro 2000 microtext machines.

Government Information Microfiche Collection
The UWM Libraries receive some publications in microfiche format through the Federal Depository Library Program. These microfiche are arranged in drawers by SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) number. The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is an online index to U.S. Federal Government publications and can be used to locate SuDoc numbers for titles on microfiche.

For questions concerning government publications, please contact Linda Kopecky,  the Government Information Librarian at (414) 229-3925 or lkopecky@uwm.edu

Genealogy Materials  (Archives)
The Microtext room houses the Libraries’ Archives microfilm collection, which includes selected items from the Milwaukee Area Research Center. This microfilm set will be of particular interest to Genealogy researchers since it contains, among other material, birth, death, marriage records and provides property and probate records.

For Genealogy assistance,  finding aids and detailed information, contact the Archives or call (414) 229-5402.

Citing Microtext
MLA Style

Article – Savage, David. “Indecency on Internet Faces High
Court Test.” Los Angeles Times 16 Mar. 1997.
Newsbank: Law (1997): fiche 34, grid A6.

Range of documents – The Peers Inquiry of the Massacre at My Lai. Bethesda: University Publications of America, 1997. Microfilm. Reel 10.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 1992 AFDC Recipient
       Characteristics Study. Washington: The Department, 1994. (1994 ASI microfiche 4584-7).