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University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Area Research Center

Students researching in the library.

Southwest Wisconsin Room
Karrmann Library
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

Phone: 608-342-1719

Hours:  Contact the Southwest Wisconsin Room for current hours of operation.

Contact: James Hibbard, Archivist

The ARC is a cooperative project of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical records in the six Wisconsin counties of Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland.

University students and faculty, genealogists, local-history writers, and other researchers are encouraged to use the Center.


Archives holdings: More than 425 series of county and municipal government archives including court records (civil, criminal and probate cases), land records (deeds, assessment and tax files), naturalizations and selected county educational records.

Manuscript holdings: 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.

Finding Aids

Detailed research tools at the ARC include registers and/or collection inventories for processed and unprocessed collections. Entries for archival materials may be found in the Library's OPAC (computerized card catalog). The ARC also has published guides to holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society and other ARCs.

Network Transfer Provisions

This feature makes available in Platteville one of the nation's richest collections. Requests for temporary transfer of collections from Madison or other ARCs should be made to the Curator of the Platteville ARC.

Other Research Resources

Related collections available for use in the Southwest Wisconsin Room include: University of Wisconsin-Platteville and its predecessor archives (1840- ); a book collection of local history and genealogy; census schedules from 1820-1920 with selected area indexes; vital history records; inhouse surname index to pre-1860 Iowa county records; computer indexes to photographs and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville newspaper; and onsite Internet access.

View the Karrmann Library website more information on their holdings.

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