Surround yourself with knowledge. Surround yourself with UW-La Crosse.
Murphy Library's Special Collections contains over 150,000 historic and contemporary images. This sizable collection is organized into four major groups: City of La Crosse and the surrounding area, inland river steamboats, UW-La Crosse, and miscellany from other locations. Image types include original prints, postcards (both real-photo and lithograph), stereoviews, and photographic negatives. For more information on specific photo collections, see below.
For information about obtaining reproduction prints and/or permission for publication or display, please see the copies and permissions page under Special Collections services.
The largest portion of the photograph collection consists of historic photos of La Crosse and the surrounding area. Subjects in this portion include: agriculture, daily and domestic life, business and industry, transportation, architecture, street scenes, local organizations, and sports and outdoor activities among others. Additionally, the historic photograph collection also includes images for over 1,000 other Wisconsin communities. This includes a subset of images of Adams County, Wisconsin, taken by the Taylor Brothers. Although lesser in number, the library also houses various images of locales in other states and foreign countries.
Another major subdivision of the photograph collection is the approximately 50,000 images of inland river steamboats and river scenes. The Steamboat Collection of photos at Murphy Library is one of the nation's largest for this subject matter. Most of these photos can be viewed online here: UW Digital Collections - UW-La Crosse Historic Steamboat Photograph Collection.
Murphy Library built this impressive collection in part through the efforts of Ralph DuPae who, for 37 years, volunteered to find steamboat images from around the country for Murphy Library.
Lastly, Special Collections retains thousands of photos, postcards, and other images related to UW-La Crosse. A sampling of these images are digitized and can be viewed online at: UW Digital Collections - UW-La Crosse Historic Photographs.
Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form
Visit: Check the reference desk hours
As a pilot project, Room 12, in the library basement, has been converted to a silent
study room. Many students ask for an environment even quieter than the library’s designated quiet
areas, so this room is intended to answer that need.
For more information on this space please see our blog. We look forward to learning how this room fulfills its intended
purpose. Please let us know how it is working for you. Send feedback on this space to
To provide more computers during the busy period at the end of the semester, the library is opening
an additional room with computers. Room 30, a computer classroom in the basement of the library,
will open during regular library hours starting December 1, 2013. Students will be able to use the desktop
computers in that room individually or in groups.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA | 608.785.8000
© Copyright 2013