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University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Area Research Center

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Archives Research Center is located in the Chalmer Davee Library.

Area Research Center
Chalmer Davee Library
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
120 Cascade Avenue
River Falls, WI 54022

Phone: 715-425-3567

Hours: Contact the Area Research Center and University Archives for current hours of operation.

Contact: Kathryn Otto, Archivist

The ARC is a cooperative project of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical records in Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, and Pierce counties.

Genealogists, local-history writers, university students, faculty, secondary school groups, and other researchers are encouraged to use the Center.


More than 900 cubic feet of local government public records including tax rolls, county board proceedings, school district records, court records, and township records from the 1850s to the 1970s.

The Center also holds more than 400 cubic feet of papers and records produced by private organizations and individuals. Included are church and cemetery records; family papers; business records; and numerous collections of unpublished letters, diaries, regional histories, and genealogies.

The Center is also the repository for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls' archives.

Finding Aids

Holdings are described in a printed guide. More detailed research tools include pathfinders, registers and inventories, and a card catalog listing of all holdings. The Center's oral history collection is indexed in a guide, Voices From the St. Croix Valley. The Center also has published guides to the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Other Research Resources

In addition to archives and manuscript collections, ARC holdings include: an extensive regional newspaper collection with an index to naturalization, birth, death, and marriage notices; federal and state census population schedules for Wisconsin and Minnesota, 1836-1910 (Wisconsin complete); Wisconsin census indexes 1836, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1880 and 1900; photographic prints and negatives; more than 150 oral history interviews; and an extensive collection of maps, books, ephemera and other printed sources.

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