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Community Organizations - Archives Dept.: Related Material

This guide provides recommendations for using the Archives Department to study local community organizations and activism. We recommend search paths, search tools, and collections to start your research.

In Special Collections

Special Collections includes published primary sources as well as some secondary sources, such as books about community organizations published by UWM staff and faculty. You can locate those books by searching in their UWM Authors Collection. Searching strategies are offered on their web page.


Explore the Wisconsin Historical Society

The Archives Dept. is the local Area Research Center (ARC) affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Through the ARC network, you can request the temporary transfer of collections located elsewhere around the state. To locate such a collection, we recommend that you search in finding aids. Finding aids are guides that explain the creator, contents and dates of a collection.

Search among Wisconsin finding aids via the Archival Resources in Wisconsin database by using the search boxes below. This searches a database of over 4,000 finding aids of collections held in seventeen repositories statewide. Below, choose keywords, select an operator (and, or or not) as appropriate, and then click on "Search." If you wish to limit your search to only the materials found in one repository (e.g. Wisconsin Historical Society) change your "Limit to:" location box.

If you'd like to read more about the Archival Resources in Wisconsin database and find searching tips, visit the main web page at

If you locate a collection that you would like to request be sent to the Archives Dept. at UWM Libraries, please contact us at 414 229-5402 or stop by (room 250, west wing) to speak with a staff member.

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