University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
Collection Policy Manual, rev. ed
|Academic Program Support|
The Libraries' Milwaukee Urban Archives supports UWM's urban mission by acquiring, preserving, making available, and promoting the use of primary research materials pertaining to the history of government, industry, education, society, and culture in the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. These materials include published works, public records, manuscripts, and audiovisual records that are available for use by UWM students and staff, as well as by non-university researchers. In order to highlight its collection and encourage its use by students, scholars, and others, the Division of Archives and Special Collections offers public services such as lectures, exhibits, and publications.
The Area Research Center (ARC), administered by Archives, is part of a cooperative statewide network of regional historical repositories affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society, in Madison). As a member of this network, the UW-Milwaukee ARC preserves and administers access to Wisconsin Historical Society public records and manuscripts, such as the records of businesses and other organizations within the five-county metropolitan Milwaukee area (Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties). The ARC collection supports UWM's urban mission because of its particular focus on documenting the history of the City of Milwaukee, including: its many ethnic communities; political papers from the local, state, and national level; business history and the history of organized labor; medical and nursing history; and the records of social action movements such as the anti-war movement in the Vietnam War era. A unique feature of the ARC network is that original archival collections are available on campus to UW-Milwaukee students and staff via a temporary inter-institutional transfer similar to interlibrary loan. This means that researchers in Milwaukee have direct access to the holdings of the WisconsinHistorical Society, one of the most renowned archival collections in the country, as well as to university and regional archival collections from other Area Research Centers.
Archival material of permanent value is collected on an as-available basis.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archives is responsible for collecting and preserving the non-current records of UWM that have continuing administrative, fiscal, legal, or historical value. One aspect of this responsibility is UWM's Records Management Program that assists campus offices to determine retention periods for records. This enables UWM to comply with the Wisconsin Public Records Law by disposing of obsolete records properly and in a timely manner. The university archives holds records from major campus administrative offices, departments, and student-related activities.
The UWM Manuscript Collection acquires primary materials that document a cross-section of the organizations, businesses, local government agencies, and individuals that are closely associated with Milwaukee and Milwaukee history. Holdings include personal papers of community leaders, business records, photographs, records of urban neighborhood associations, and other primary research materials documenting the history of the five-county Milwaukee Metropolitan area (Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties). The UWM Manuscript Collection also includes collections with broader scope, such as manuscripts from prominent literary figures, and documents pertaining to the history of aviation. Of particular interest are photographic materials, documents related to the history of the Milwaukee brewing industry, and the records of neighborhood associations and organizations in the City of Milwaukee. Archival records of organizations with a statewide or national focus are considered for acquisition only when they:
The framework below provides a more detailed overview of the primary topical areas documented by Archives that entail significant cooperation with the Libraries' Special Collections and with the Wisconsin Historical Society's Area Research Center program.
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