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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.
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.
Regular semester hours are as follows: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are evening hours on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This department is not open during the weekends.
Thanksgiving Day Hours: Wednesday November 27, closing early at 4:30pm. Closed Thursday November 28 and Friday November 29. Resume normal hours Monday December 2.
Researchers are advised to call ahead, 608.785.8511, to confirm hours of operation, especially during intersession periods and summer school. Special Collections and the Area Research Center is closed on and around holidays; researchers should call during working hours for details or call for the main library's recorded message at 608.785.8808.
Special Collections, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1631 Pine St. La Crosse, WI 54601
Paul Beck, Special Collections Librarian and Area Research Center Director
Laura Godden, Special Collections Historian
Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form
Visit: Check the reference desk hours
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