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UWM Yearbook Collection

To commemorate UWM’s 50th anniversary, the UWM Libraries prepared a digital collection of the student yearbook, The Ivy. The yearbook was named for the ivy-clad campus buildings, which symbolized a tradition of knowledge and learning. It was published from 1942 to 1968. No volumes appeared in 1960 and 1961. The 25 volumes in the digital collection contain 5,266 pages.

The annual documents the history of both the Milwaukee State Teachers College--later renamed the Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee--and the formative years of UWM. The yearbooks constitute a pictorial history of the UWM campus, its administrators and faculty. It is an especially rich source for understanding student life and activities, including academics, honor societies, professional groups, sororities and fraternities, and athletics. We hope this digital collection will support research in the history of UWM, student life generally, and family history.

Digital Project

The yearbooks presented in this digital collection were scanned from the original print copies housed in the Archives at the UWM Libraries. The digital version is provided in three formats: page images, text, and PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format). Users can browse and search all volumes or individual titles. The text version, based on uncorrected OCR (Optical Character Recognition), provides full-text searching capabilities. Although the search results are fairly accurate, there may be some errors due to unusual or small fonts. Users can search all volumes by using a simple keyword search available from the collection’s Home page or by using Advanced Search options. The advanced search provides access to several UWM Libraries digital collections. To search only the UWM Yearbook Collection, uncheck the other collections. There is also keyword searching available within each individual volume. The PDF version, more suitable for printing, can be accessed by selecting “print version” within each individual title.


Project Staff:
Michael Doylen, Head, Archives, UWM Libraries
Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, UWM Libraries

Student Assistants
Eleanore (Nellie) Bednarek (Digitization Intern), Tim Blomquist, Cory Lampert (Digitization Intern), and Sherril Schoen

Metadata Consultant:
Steve Miller, Monographs Department, UWM Libraries


UWM Yearbook Collection is published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Copyright © 2006. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

The images may be copied by individuals or libraries for personal use, research, teaching or any "fair use" as defined by copyright law. Fair use of copyright-protected works for study, research, and other purposes does not require the permission of the copyright owner provided that the use meets the standard specified in Section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law.

Permission to reproduce materials in this collection for publication or distribution must be obtained from the Archives Department at the UWM Libraries. Please use Ask an Archivist page to submit an online request.

Contact Us

Please send us your comments or suggestions regarding the collection.

E-mail: digilib@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2214
Mailing address:
Digitization Unit
UWM Libraries
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO BOX 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604

UWM Libraries
September 27, 2006

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