Catalogs and Finding Aids

How to Search Catalogs and Finding Aids

UWRF Catalog (Search@UW)

The UWRF Catalog includes records for the books and archival materials in the UWRF University Archives, collections in the Area Research Center (ARC) network, and the Wisconsin History Society's (WHS) archives collections.

ARC collections are findable in the library catalog (Search@UW). You can isolate your Search@UW inquiry to archival collections by clicking the down arrow next to the search box (auto-selects to search "Everything") and selecting "Archives and Special Collections". This will limit your search to materials in the River Falls ARC, plus any archival materials owned by WHS, located either in Madison or at one of the other thirteen ARCs across Wisconsin.

The side navigation bar allows you to further limit your search. For example, you can select delimiters to "Show only ... Available at River Falls."  You can also refine your results by resource type (archival materials are "archive" and "other"), topic, creation date, or author. Some archival records may say "multiple versions found" and the first version listed is the one you want to use (includes our call number, such as Pierce Series 4 or 23.A.5).

UWRF Finding Aids

There are two types of UWRF Finding Aids:

The collection inventories can be searched individually using the link above, or searched all at once using the search bar below.


Archives Catalog (WHS in Forward; formerly ArCat)

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS)'s archives catalog is now part of the University of Wisconsin Madison's online catalog (Forward). It searches the same archival records as the UWRF Library Catalog, but displays a fuller version of the catalog record. You can also search for archives call numbers using this catalog. This catalog can be limited using the same facets as the UWRF Catalog; the only difference is that archival materials are called "Mixed Materials" in this catalog rather than "Other." Also, you can limit by the library the material is in, which for archival material would be "Wisconsin Historical Society Archives."

WHS Archives Finding Aids

The Wisconsin Historical Society's finding aids, usually called Registers in their catalog records, are all available on the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aids

Old-fashioned card catalog
Old-fashioned card catalog
Modern online catalog
Modern online catalog
ARC's catalogs
ARC's catalog and indexes
Archival Finding Aids in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aids
Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aids website

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