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Elton S. Karrmann Library, UW-Platteville
Repository Description: The Southwest Wisconsin Room in the Elton S. Karrmann Library at UW-Platteville contains the University Archives, the Area Research Center, and the Southwest Wisconsin Collection. It is located on the first, or ground floor of Ullsvik. Most of the material is non-circulating.
Historical Records of Interest: The University Archives contains materials on UW-Platteville from the beginning of the Platteville Academy, in 1839, to the present. This collection includes print materials such as college catalogs, directories, yearbooks, and school newspapers. Also included are archival materials such as Chancellors' papers, committee minutes, office records, photographs, and University of Wisconsin System publications.
Through a cooperative arrangement with the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Area Research Center (ARC) contains archival and manuscript materials from the six southwestern Wisconsin counties of Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland. The collection also includes records from over 125 area churches.The ARC holds over 115 collections including private papers of prominent persons, e.g. Prairie du Chien physician and historian, Peter Scanlan and Platteville miner and land owner, John Hawkins Rountree; business records of general and hardware stores; area manufacturer's records, such as the Potosi Brewing Company; and microfilm of Southwest Wisconsin area church records along with oral history interviews with individuals of these churches.
The Southwest Wisconsin Collection includes printed materials (such as local history books and journals) which supplement historical materials located in the general collection on the third floor. The emphasis is on county histories and other local historical and family records.
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