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HIST 395/595: Introduction to Public History (Scripps): Home

Primary source material that focuses on the history of UWSP and Portage County, including newspapers, photographs, and a variety of digital material.

Doing Research in the Archives

Archives have stricter security than libraries to protect and preserve their unique and irreplaceable collections.  Follow these procedures when doing research in the Archives:

·       No food or drink is allowed in the Archives Reading Room. 

·       Free lockers are provided in the Archives for personal items that cannot be kept at your research table such as  backpacks, purses, brief cases, laptop cases, umbrellas, and coats. 

·       You may use laptops, notebooks, note cards, and citation manuals while doing your research. 

·       Pencils or laptops may be used.  No pens and highlighters are allowed. 

·       You must sign in before beginning your research.

·       Unlike a library where you can go into the stacks, the archives stacks are closed.  Someone from the staff will retrieve the material you need.

·       Materials do not circulate.  You must use them in the Archives.

·       Many archival materials are fragile.  Handle them with care.

Archives Information


7:45 - noon & 1:00 - 4:30

LOCATION: Library, 5th floor

PHONE: 715-346-2583

APPOINTMENTS: Need help finding primary sources? Email Ruth at to set up an appointment. In the email include: the class you are taking, a brief summary of your topic, and 3 to 4 times that you are available to meet with me. I will schedule a time and contact you by email.