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This guide provides information on using the Archives Department for your research on local women's history. It outlines the strengths of our collections, recommends a few sources, and offers tips on effective searching.
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Search the library catalog to locate archival and manuscript collections which provide sources on local women's history.

Use the search box below, already limited to the Archives Dept.'s holdings. Note that these results will include some books on the subject, but more of them will describe archival or manuscript collections. Find more details by reading the complete catalog record for each hit, and if the catalog record offers you the option "View finding aid," click that for more detail.

Here are four examples of simple keyword searches.  Note that the boolean operator and is not necessary between key words.

1. women education

2. nursing

3. feminism

4. women politics

Find: in keywords


A general search hint: when reading any catalog record, follow the links found at "Subjects" to locate other material in the UWM Libraries on that same subject.

Recommended Women's History Collections

The Archives Department includes primary sources on Milwaukee-area women's history. Our collections are particularly strong on women's secondary, post-secondary, and avocational education; social and welfare leadership; art and literary persons; nursing history; the everyday experiences (diaries and family papers); lesbian issues; and feminist organizations.

A list of pertinent collections follows. We have many other collections on the general topic, which you may explore by using the search strategies described elsewhere in this guide, or by asking an archivist.

  • Charlotte Russell Partridge and Miriam Frink Papers
    Title: Charlotte Russell Partridge and Miriam Frink Papers
    Creator: Partridge, Charlotte Russell; Frink, Miriam
    Call Number: Milw Mss 167
    Abstract: Papers of the co-founders of the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee.
  • Wisconsin Women Artists Interviews
    Title: Archive of Wisconsin Women Artists Records
    Creator: Archive of Wisconsin Women Artists
    Call Number: UWM Mss 3
    Abstract: Oral history interviews circa 1979 with female artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts.
  • Milwaukee-Downer College Records
    Title: Milwaukee-Downer College Records
    Creator: Milwaukee-Downer College
    Call Number: Milw Mss L
    Abstract: Records of this women's college and its predecessor institutions, Milwaukee College and Downer College.
  • NOW (Milwaukee Chapter) Records
    Title: National Organization for Women. Milwaukee Chapter: Records
    Creator: National Organization for Women. Milwaukee Chapter (Wis.)
    Call Number: Milw Mss 176
    Abstract: Records concentrating on such issues as abortion and the ERA.
  • Miriam Ben-Shalom Papers
    Title: Miriam Ben-Shalom Papers
    Creator: Ben-Shalom, Miriam
    Call Number: UWM Mss 237
    Abstract: Papers of the first gay or lesbian member of the United States military service to be reinstated after being discharged for sexual orientation.
  • Lizzie Black Kander Papers
    Title: Lizzie Black Kander Papers
    Creator: Kander, Simon, Mrs.
    Call Number: Milw Mss DN
    Abstract: Regarding social work among Russian Jewish immigrants in Milwaukee. She earned the sobriquet “the Jane Addams of Milwaukee.”

Search Finding Aids

We write finding aids, or guides, for most of our collections. These guides explain the creator, contents and dates of the collection. This information is important to you when deciding if something is useful to your research. A finding aid also provides the information you will need to request and use a collection when you visit the Archives Dept.

All of our finding aids are included in Archival Resources in Wisconsin, a database of over 4,000 finding aids of collections held in seventeen repositories statewide.

Search our finding aids by using the search boxes below. Be sure to select an operator (and, or or not) as appropriate, and then click on "Search." Then explore the links in the grey band that appears with each result. Note: this search is limited to our holdings here at the Archives Department, UWM Libraries, which is also known as Milwaukee Area Research Center.

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