UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

University Archives and Area Research Center

About Us

Located in the lower level of the Chalmer Davee Library at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the University Archives and the Area Research Center operate within one facility but are two distinct entities, each with their own collections.

The UW-River Falls University Archives is the official repository for the permanent, historical records of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.The primary mission of the University Archives is to collect and preserve materials that document the history, development, traditions, and activities of the University since its establishment in 1874, while providing accessibility to the university community as well as the general public. The collection includes student newspapers and yearbooks, course catalogs, directories, masters' theses, commencement programs, administrative and departmental records, photographs, artifacts, and much more. University records can be identified using the UWRF library catalog

The University Archives is also responsible for Records Management for UW-River Falls. UWRF's Public Records Custodian, however, is the Assistant Chancellor for Business and Finance.

The River Falls Area Research Center (ARC) is one of fourteen research facilities in a University of Wisconsin System statewide network in coordination with the Wisconsin Historical Society. The River Falls ARC provides students, faculty, and the general public regional access to historical materials, local government records, manuscripts, and special collections from four northwestern Wisconsin counties: Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and Saint Croix. Through the statewide Area Research Center network, most collections owned by the ARCs and the Wisconsin Historical Society can be transferred to and from the River Falls ARC. Archival collections in the network can be identified using the library catalog. You can also search and find collections using Archives Catalog, the online catalog of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Read more about the History of the Area Research Center and look at photographs of the ARC's history.

The University Archives and Area Research Center also has a number of "Special Collections," such as photographs, maps and atlases, newspapers from our four-county area, to name a few. See the Special Collections page for a full list. Most Special Collections items can be found in the UWRF library catalog.

Mission Statement:

The University Archives and Area Research Center collects and preserve records, regardless of form, that document the history, development, traditions, and activities of the University and Northwestern Wisconsin. The UWRF Archives and ARC provides access to these historical materials to the university community as well as the general public.

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Visiting information

Archives are available by appointment only. Please email archives@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3567 to schedule an appointment. We request that you fill out our annual registration form online prior to your visit. Hours are Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:30 pm. Please check the Library webpage for updates or changes. 

Location

The University Archives and Area Research Center is located in room 170 of the lower level of the Chalmer Davee Library at 330 E. Cascade Avenue in River Falls.

Services and Fees

The UWRF Archives and Area Research Center provides research and information look up services. 

Staff 

View staff of the Archives and contact information.

Contact Us 

Contact Us

University Archives and
Area Research Center

archives@uwrf.edu
715-425-3567
Fax 715-425-0609
170 Chalmer Davee Library

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