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UW-Milwaukee's Predecessor Institutions.: Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee (1951-1956)

Explains the UWM's predecessor institutions, and explains our relationship to Milwaukee-Downer College. Offers further resources and research suggestions.

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With the addition of the liberal arts degree in 1951 to Milwaukee State Teacher College's academic programs, the school was no longer just a teacher's college, and changed its named to Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee. During its five years under this name, the college opened a campus laboratory school, a campus elementary school, and a new library. In 1955, the Wisconsin state legislature passed a law combining the Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee with the Milwaukee Extension Division. The result of this merger was the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Construction of the Library (now Bolton Hall), 1953


1951 - Wisconsin State Teacher's College in Milwaukee became Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee

1953 - Campus Laboratory School opened

1954 - New library opened

1954 - Campus Elementary School opened

1955 - Faculty members given professional rank

1955 - Legislature passed measure combining Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Extension Division, into University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1956.