The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center (ARC) has original materials pertaining to Northeastern Wisconsin. We have original materials dating from the 1600s to the present. These rich historical resources cover a wide variety of topics. Examples include: Civil War, immigrants, suffrage, community development, courtship, World War II, homemaking, Belgian-Americans, political matters, and businesses. The collections include diaries, letters, memoirs, photos, maps, oral histories, court records, citizenship papers, vital records, school records and more!
In addition to the Northeastern Wisconsin materials, we are affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. As their regional depository, we can borrow archival collections from other Area Research Centers as well as archival collections of a national scope from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Our records are open to the public and are available for anyone to use.
As an Area Research Center of the Wisconsin Historical Society, we cover Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie and Shawano counties.
We also are the home of the archives of UW-Green Bay. We have founding documents, campus blueprints, student newspapers, publications, syllabi, photographs, official committee records, theses and memorabilia. We also are in the process of collecting oral histories from the early years of UW-Green Bay. These historic records are open to researchers, alumni, retirees, current students and anyone with an interest in the history of the University.
Archives and Area Research Center exists to:
- Appraise, collect, describe, preserve, and make accessible permanent and historical university records to document educational endeavors of the University through its history;
- Actively collect and preserve original materials regarding the historical narrative of Northeastern Wisconsin;
- Develop collaborative partnerships to preserve and promote the history of our local communities; Serve as a resource and laboratory to foster creative teaching and learning using primary sources to develop critical thinking skills;
- Provide reference and outreach services, and make the collections available to support research, teaching, and lifelong learning for university and community users.