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Introduction to Murphy Library: UWL START: Special Collections

Use this guide as a general guide to the resources, services, and spaces available to you at Murphy Library. This is the perfect introduction for first-year students, transfer students, or that junior or senior that hasn't been to the library in a while.

Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center has its own dedicated space within the Murphy Library building. Its entrance is in the library's atrium on the main floor of the building. 


Digital Collections

Some of our archival resources are digitized and available online via Murphy Library Digital Collections.


  • Photographs
  • Steamboat Photographs
  • Rare Books
  • Wisconsiana
  • Oral Histories
  • University Archives
  • Primary Sources

Research Services

The entire collection is non-circulating and must be used in the department's reading room. Visitors must register and provide positive identification before proceeding into the reading room.

Special Collections is primarily interested in, and used for, aspects of local and regional history.

Contact Information

Phone: 608-785-8511
Fax: 608-785-8639