The Burgess Photograph Collection was donated to UW-L Murphy Library Special Collection by Jean Burgess, daughter of Francis Burgess. Francis worked for the La Crosse Tribune newspaper beginning in 1935 until retiring in 1970. The collection is comprised of several thousand black and white photographic negatives taken during Francis’ tenure at the Tribune. Not every photograph was printed in the Tribune, and the physical collection contains multiple shots for most events featured. The Burgess Photograph Collection showcased here focuses on the photographs that were published in the Tribune. Although Francis Burgess is the photographer for the bulk of the photographs in this collection, other Tribune photographers are also featured including Ed Huebner. This is a long-term project, so continue to check back to find new photographs as they are added.
Fred Lesher was born in 1936 and attended Carthage College from 1954-1958. He went on to teach at Luther College in Decorah, IA, and later at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, before moving to La Crosse to teach in the English Department at UWL in 1965 until retiring in 1996. Fred had a life-long interest in ornithology, and eventually became president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Iowa Ornithologists Union, and Minnesota Ornithologists Union. From 1958 to 2002 he kept detailed journals of his birding, which his family has entrusted to the Coulee Region Audubon Society. The journals are in 14 volumes with over 3000 pages, and for the first time they are fully available online for any and all that are interested in birding in the Coulee Region over the past 50 years.
The Freedom Flotilla, also known as the Mariel Boatlift, occurred in 1980 after President Carter opened the doors to the United States for hundreds of thousands of Cuban refugees, of which nearly 15,000 would eventually arrive at the resettlement camp at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Countless regional and national news articles were published following and highlighting both the positive and negative events that came with the refugees, many of whom were classified as criminals under the Fidel Castro government. This collection contains photographs that were taken by journalists reporting on the “Cuban Odyssey,” most of whom worked for the La Crosse Tribune, bringing together nearly 250 images of individuals and events directly involved with the Freedom Flotilla.
This collection is comprised of 28 annual reports of the Board of Trade of the City of La Crosse. The collection covers the years of 1879 through 1905, and each report highlights various statistical data for that given year including, but not limited to, school information, financial information, and manufacturing information for the city of La Crosse.
Covering the years from 1930 to 1955, these La Crosse County Historical Sketches present histories, stories, and biographies of events, locations, and individuals from La Crosse’s past. Published in eight series, each containing multiple written pieces and illustrations, this collection is filled with valuable insight and general information regarding history and evolution of the city and county of La Crosse.
Our digital collection of photographs represents a small but growing number of images of historical interest and relevance to the La Crosse area. This collection will continue to grow with the addition of hundreds of photographs from Murphy Library’s Special Collections. Check back frequently to find new content.
The Maps Collection features largely historical maps, all of which are owned by Murphy Library Special Collections. These maps feature the La Crosse area, and date from the year 1857. Often used by both local historians and local residents, zooming-in allows users to view significant changes that have occurred to roads, railroad routes, and overall city layouts in the La Crosse community and surrounding areas. This collection will continue to grow as more historical maps are digitized.
The Leaping La Crosse News (LLN) publication served as a source of information for lesbians living in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area. It was published from 1979 to 2007 and distributed monthly. Topics covered in the newsletter include national, state, and local news about lesbian activities, legal cases, fashion, entertainment, and events, as well as social and political activities of La Crosse area lesbians. This collection includes nearly every published issue, amounting to 317 separate issues.
This collection features a variety of publications that relate to La Crosse and the surrounding community. Items range from historical items to more contemporary publications. For the sake of browsing, you may find sub-collections that reflect those concepts of historical and contemporary publications. This collection is continually having new content added.
“Founded in 1996 by members of the UW-La Crosse English department, Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review is a nationally-distributed annual literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork from writers and artists around the world. Students enrolled in English 320 (Literary Journal Production) work as editors and readers to select engaging works from established prize-winning writers as well as from new and emerging writers. The process is overseen by a professor who has experience in creative writing and publishing. The Steam Ticket staff commits itself to celebrating diversity in the selections of its content.” (Taken from the UWL English Department website.)
“The Catalyst is an undergraduate publication for the UW-La Crosse community sponsored by the UW-La Crosse English Club. The publication showcases the creativity and talent in the UW-L community, publishing original prose (fiction and nonfiction), poetry, artwork, photography, videos, music, and more from UW-L students, faculty, and staff” (taken from The Catalyst website). This collection features 74 volumes of The Catalyst, prior to the journal going digital, beginning with volume 1, published in 1971, and ending with volume 29, published in 2008.
The Racquet Newspaper Collection contains over 2,300 issues of this publication. Originally published by the La Crosse Normal School beginning in 1910, this student newspaper has stood the test of time, as it remains a paper publication on campus to this day. Written by the students and for the students for over 100 years, this collection provides unique insight into the ever-changing student population, as well as students' reactions and interpretations to local, national, and global events over the past century. New issues are added on an annual basis.
More recently known as the Lantern, the alumni publication for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has gone by many names, including Alumnus, Crossties, La Crosse Alumnus, Alumni Briefs, and beginning as the Alumni Bulletin. In this collection you will find all of these names among the nearly 150 UWL alumni publications, starting with Volume 1, Issue 1, from spring of 1941.
The Course Catalog Collection contains the course catalogs for UW-La Crosse beginning in 1910, and including undergraduate, graduate, and summer publications. This is a valuable resource for those seeking information on past courses, schedules, and offerings. This collection also contains more recent catalogs, as well as the current catalog, when it becomes available.
Since 1998, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research has served as a place for students to publish original research. Published annually by the Undergraduate Research Program, this collection contains over 550 individual articles written by UWL students on topics ranging from accounting and archaeology to theater and women’s studies, and everything in between.