Digital collections

About Murphy Library Digital Collections

The digital objects contained within this collection are comprised of thousands of items, and tens of thousands of individual pages that have been scanned for or by Murphy Library. These items offer users instant and free access to unique and hard-to-find books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, academic publications, and other La Crosse and UWL related materials.

Murphy Library is continually adding new content to these collections. Please use, explore, and enjoy the items contained within, and follow the links above to helpful information regarding copyright, other collections, and how to navigate the site. For additional information please visit the Murphy Library Digital Collections Library Guide.

Copyright and Use Information

The materials found in this digital collection are owned, held, or licensed by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership of the materials is properly cited. Most works published after 1923 are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The publications of the United States government are not copyrightable and may be freely copied and/or re-published. Fair use of copyright-protected works for study, research, and other purposes does not require the permission of the copyright owner provided that the use meets the standard specified in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Murphy Library, is strictly prohibited. For permission to use specific materials, please contact either Murphy Library Special Collections ( or Murphy Library Digital Production Unit ( 

Copyright Disclaimer: The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is not, under any circumstances, responsible for the unauthorized use or redistribution of digital collections found on this Web site. If the text or image is under copyright, it is the patron’s obligation, prior to publication or distribution, to determine and satisfy copyright requirements, or other use restrictions, from the owners of the rights.

External Collections

UWDCCampus History Collection (UW Digital Collections Center)
The Campus History Collection includes resources that document the history and evolution of this campus. The collection includes published material as well as archival materials and may eventually include additional books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study of our state's university system and its campuses. The materials included in this rich and growing collection were selected by librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists.

UWDCSteamboat Collection (UW Digital Collections Center)
The Steamboat Photograph collection consists of over 40,000 photographic images of steamboats on the inland waterways of the United States, primarily the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri rivers and their tributaries. The photos depict steamboats in every phase of their life span — from construction to destruction — and every aspect of their daily operations from the 1850s to the present.

UWDCThe Taylor Brothers Photograph Collection (UW Digital Collections Center)
The photographic images in this collection were taken by the Taylor Brothers photographic studio of Adams County, Wisconsin, circa 1910-1930. In 2001, Murphy Library, UW-La Crosse received the collection as a donation from a private estate. There were 665 glass plate photographic negatives in the donation. Growth and change in rural and small town Wisconsin in the early 20th century are reflected in the photos of the Taylor Brothers. Most of the photos were taken in central Wisconsin, centering on Adams County and the county seat of Friendship.

Minds@UWTheses and Dissertations (UW Digital Collections Center)
MINDS@UW is designed to gather, distribute, and preserve digital materials related to the University of Wisconsin's research and instructional mission. Content may include research papers and reports, pre-prints and post-prints, datasets and other primary research materials, learning objects, theses, student projects, conference papers and presentations, and other born-digital or digitized research and instructional materials.