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  • About special collections

    Special Collections Lobby
    Special Collections, reading room

    Special Collections collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that due to their physical or intellectual properties require special handling and care. Types of records housed in this section of the library include rare books, regional and Wisconsin history books, fine-press publications, maps, oral history recordings and transcripts, university archives, and a large historic photograph collection.

    This department also houses the La Crosse Area Research Center (ARC), which is one of fourteen regional depositories for the Wisconsin Historical Society. The ARC holds archival records of local governmental bodies and personal papers of people and businesses from five Wisconsin counties: Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon.

    LOCATION:

    The Special Collections Department and Area Research Center has its own dedicated space within the Murphy Library building. It is located on the main floor of the building. Its entrance is in the library's atrium.

    HOURS:

    Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - noon, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday evenings: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Researchers are advised to call ahead, 608.785.8511, to confirm hours of operation, especially during intersession periods.

    GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Special Collections, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1631 Pine St. La Crosse, WI 54601

    Phone: 608.785.8511
    Fax: 608.785.8639
    Email: specoll@uwlax.edu

    STAFF:

    Paul Beck, Special Collections Librarian and Area Research Center Director
    Phone: 608.785.8511
    Email: pbeck@uwlax.edu

    Laura Godden, Special Collections Historian
    Phone: 608.785.8511
    Email: lgodden@uwlax.edu

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    Call: 608-785-8508

    Text: 608-588-8158

    More information at the Reference Services page. 

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     Chronicle of Higher Education

    Connect to the Chronicle of Higher Education website from on campus or off campus. Or, download the app and read it on your phone or tablet.

    However you choose to connect, you can enjoy access to otherwise locked content through Murphy Library's license for UW-L students, faculty and staff. 

    Read more about how to connect and log in here.

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