Special Collections at UWM Libraries


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 27, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: “House to Let” and “The Ghost in the Cupboard Room” (1859) by Wilkie Collins.


Wednesday, October 25, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: Major Barbara (1905) by George Bernard Shaw.
Optional: See the UWM Theatre Department production of Major Barbara in November, directed by Rebecca Holderness, December 6-10 in the Arts Center Gallery.


Thursday, October 26, 4:00-5:00pm
2017 Annual Morris J. Fromkin Memorial Lecture: Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Assistant Professor, UWM Department of Africology, presents “Afro-Brazilian YouTubers & Digital Social Justice Activism.”


Tuesday, October 31, 6:00-7:00pm
2017 Ettinger Book Artist Series Lecture: Peter and Donna Thomas discuss 40 years of work.


Wednesday, November 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: Selection from the first part of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, volume 2 of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past). (1914)


Wednesday, January 31, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable DiscussionThe Seagull (1895) by Anton Chekhov.
Optional: See the UWM Kenilworth 508 production of Aaron Posner’s 2013 adaptation of The Seagull, Stupid Fucking Bird, directed by Jim Tasse, February 28-March 4.


Wednesday, February 28, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: 12 Ophelias (2004) by Caridad Svich.
Optional: See the UWM Mainstage performance of 12 Ophelias,  directed by Bill Watson, March 7-11.


Wednesday, March 28, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: Introduction and Chapter 12 of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft and Chapter Two, Chapter 4, and Chapter 7 of Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799) by Hannah More.


Wednesday, April 25, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: “Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep” and “The Yosemite” from My First Summer in Yosemite (1911) by John Muir and “The Land Ethic” from A Sand County Almanac (1948) by Aldo Leopold.


Wednesday, May 30, 7:00-9:00pm
Great Books Roundtable Discussion: The introduction to and all ten stories from the First Day of The Decameron (ca. 1350) by Giovanni Boccaccio.

Current Exhibits

April 17 – September 22, 2017
Accessing History: Unmasking the Process of Preservation.
“From the decisions made about storage, to restoration, and environmental monitoring, this exhibit offers a glimpse into how we maintain our collections to ensure they are available to the public for years to come.”Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery, Golda Meir Library. Accessible 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday.


August 1 – November 15, 2017
Atlases and Maps in the Historical Curriculum Collection.
This exhibition offers examples of geographical textbooks used in classrooms from the 1890s to the 1980s.
On display in the Curriculum Collection, 2nd Floor East, Golda Meir Library during regular library hours.


Regular Event Series

Special Collections hosts regular monthly, annual, and semi-annual events.

Ettinger Book Artist Series
(Formerly the Book FOR[u]MS Book Artist Speaker Series)

Fromkin Memorial Lectures
Recent Research in Social Justice and Human Rights

Great Books Roundtable Discussions

The Scholar and the Library
Recent Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony
A biennial event for UWM authors whose publications have been added to the UWM Authors Collection