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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Area Research Center

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Archives Research Center is located in the Anderson Library.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Area Research Center
Andersen Library
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
141 Wyman Mall
Whitewater, WI 53190

Phone: 262-472-5520

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

Contact: Karen Weston, Archivist

The ARC is a cooperative project of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical records in Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties.

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


More than 130 series of local government public records include microfilmed Rock County probate case files and index (1835-1938); City of Watertown justice dockets (1852-1935); Walworth County tax rolls (1849-1965); and records of nineteen Walworth County rural school districts. The ARC also has the naturalization papers for Rock, Walworth and Jefferson counties.

The ARC holds over 100 collections of papers and records produced by private organizations and individuals. Among them are the records (1889-1966) of Willson-Monarch Laboratories, an Edgerton patent medicine manufacturer; papers (primarily 1836-1853) of John T. Haight, an early Jefferson County settler; legislative papers (1967-1974) of James D. Swan, a conservative state senator from Elkhorn; and records (1924-1950) of United Automobile Workers, Local 121.

Finding Aids

Detailed research tools at the ARC include registers and inventories for large collections and a card catalog listing of all holdings. The ARC also has all published guides to the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Network Transfer Provisions

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

Other Research Resources

Related collections available for use in conjunction with the ARC include: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater archives and rare books and special collections relating to the history of the region.

View the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater University Library website for more information on their holdings and the history of the library.

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