University Archives and Area Research Center COVID-19 Response and Updates


In accordance with Governor Evers' "Safer at Home" order, the University Archives and Area Research Center will remain closed until April 24. This date is subject to change. Virtual reference services are available. Please call 715-425-3567 or email

All updates on the University Archives and Area Research Center operations during the current campus situation will be posted here. For more information on all Library departments, please visit:


University Archives and Area Research Center

  • Archives lobby
  • Declaration of Intention volumes
  • Students using archival materials for a class
  • Cascade in Osceola, ca. 1905
  • Students learning about historical literacy during J-Term class
  • 1915 Basketball team, first to play in North Hall
  • Students using photographs in the Archives
  • Junction Mill in winter, River Falls
  • Jonathan Nelson and Mary McKay
  • Devil's Chair, St. Croix Dalles

Photographs Online

Checkout our new online digital repository called PastPerfect. More images are added all the time.

And don't forget about our History of UW-River Falls online photo collection on the UW Digital Collections.


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. UWRFlogo-Red&BlkThe 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 statewide network coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society logo portraitWisconsin Historical Society in partnership with the University of Wisconsin System. 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 Wisconsin Historical Society or other ARCs (see map to left) can be transferred to and from the River Falls ARC. Collections housed at the River Falls ARC can be identified using the UWRF library catalog. Collections housed at ARCs throughout the entire statewide network, including River Falls, can be identified using Archives Catalog (formerly ArCat), 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.

Archives Collage

River Falls ARC map
             Click for larger map with
           all ARCs and their counties


Compliments, Suggestions, or Information

If you have any compliments, suggestions, information, or concerns about the Archives or the Library, please let us know using this process.

If you need to report any of the following concerns--sexual assault, violence or discrimination; bias or hate incidents; or general student concerns--visit the University's Report It! website.

Contact Us

University Archives and
Area Research Center
Fax 715-425-0609
170 Chalmer Davee Library

Facebook Icon flickr icon Twitter Icon