The UW-Madison Libraries has the 11th largest research library collection in North America, according to a survey by the Association of Research Libraries. Memorial Library, the largest library in Wisconsin, and more than 40 General Library System, professional and special-purpose libraries serve the campus. In 2004, the campus library collections included more than 7.3 million volumes representing human inquiry through all of history. In addition, there are more than 55,000 serial titles, 6.2 million microfilm items, and hundreds of thousands of government documents, maps, musical scores, audiovisual materials and other items housed in libraries across campus. Nearly 1 million volumes are circulated to library users every year. The UW libraries also emphasize service. Library staff take an active interest in teaching people how to use information resources. Nearly 27,000 students, staff and faculty attend library workshops and instructional programs each year. These instructional sessions include tours and hands-on classes about how to use the computer catalog and how to find specialized information.

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  • Oral History Interview, Erika Janik (1299) 

    Erika, Janik (2012-11-13)
    In her 2012 interview with Laura Lane, Erika Janik narrates her journey to a career in writing. She remembers her early education and undergraduate studies in Oregon, which led her to study history, then journalism at the ...
  • Oral History Interview, Danez Smith (1202) 

    Smith, Danez (2010-12-10)
    In his December oral history interview, Danez Smith talks about Madison and the First Wave program. He discusses his identity: black, male bodied, and queer and how that defines him and the spaces he is in whether that be ...
  • Oral History Interview, Peter Marion & Anne Lessick-Xiao (1211) 

    Marion, Peter; Lessick-Xiao, Anne (2011-03-25)
    Lessick-Xiao recounts her time in Zaire which is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Marion recounts his time in Guatemala. Marion lived and worked in Guatemala from 1969-1974 in order to avoid the draft. LX wanted ...
  • Oral History Interview, Phil Hamilton (1407) 

    Hamilton, Phil (2014-11-25)
    In his three 2014 interviews with Troy Reeves, Phil Hamilton talked about his years on the UW (later called UW-Madison) campus. Hamilton talked about building a design program inside the Department of Art, moving into the ...
  • Oral History Interview, Albert Miller (1479) 

    Miller, Albert (2016-02-10)
    Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Albert Miller was a Ford Scholar at the University of Wisconsin in the 1950s. Utilizing a condition of the Ford scholarship which allowed him to use his fourth year of funding for his early ...
  • Oral History Interview, Stewart Macaulay (1515) 

    Macaulay, Stewart (2016-04-08)
    Born in Atlanta in 1931, Stewart Macaulay grew up in Michigan and then Southern California. He received his A.B. from John Muir Junior College in 1952. Macaulay then went on to Stanford where he received his LL.B. in 1955. ...
  • Oral History Interview, Jade River (1573) 

    River, Jade (2016-11-04)
    In her 2016 interview with Pat Calchina, Jade River talks about her life in Madison, Wisconsin from 1982 to the present, with concentration on her creation of the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess and LunaTech, a women’s ...
  • Oral History Interview, Sara Karon (1572) 

    Karon, Sara (2016-10-30)
    In her 2016 interview with Pat Calchina, Sara Karon details her life in Madison, from 1991 to the present. She spoke of coming to Madison with her partner Catherine in 1971. Topics discussed in this interview are disability ...
  • Oral History Interview, Erin Anthony (1554) 

    Anthony, Erin (2016-06-14)
    In her 2016 interviews with Anna Livia, Erin Anthony discusses being a queer graduate student at UW Madison. She discusses volunteer work with LGBTQ Books to Prisoners and her passion serving the incarcerated population. ...
  • Oral History Interview, Virginia Sapiro (1077) 

    Sapiro, Virgina (2015-02-25)
    Virginia Sapiro grew up in New York City during the late 1950s to early 1960s, where her father worked on Madison Avenue in an advertising agency and her mother worked as a schoolteacher. In New York, Sapiro attended the ...
  • Oral History Interview, Janet Hyde (1030) 

    Hyde, Janet (2009-01-26)
    In her 2009 interviews with Bob Lange, Janet Hyde, a long-time professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses her career at UW. Hyde talks about her research, her teaching ...
  • Oral History Interview, Beverly Buhr (1100) 

    Unknown author (2010-07-08)
    In her 2010 interview with Pat Calchina, Bev Buhr details her life in Madison. She spoke of the time period from the 1970s to the present (bulk of interview between 1970s and 1980s) and of the following topics: lesbianism, ...
  • Oral History Interview, Janice Rice (1483) 

    Rice, Janice (2015-11-06)
    In her 2015/2016 interviews with Carlos Duarte, Janice Rice discusses the path that led her to her work as an academic librarian at College Library. Janice also talks about her identity as a Ho-Chunk woman, and how it ...
  • Oral History Interview, Ken Pennings (1282) 

    Pennings, Ken (2012-06-05)
    In his first interview for the UW Madison Archives, Ken Pennings shares his struggles with accepting and embracing his homosexuality, and the challenges that posed with his personal and religious life.
  • Oral History Interview, Connie Johnson (1244) 

    Johnson, Connie (2012-06-28)
    In her June 2012 interview with Laura Lane, Connie Johnson described her childhood growing up in Madison, her memories of being an undergraduate student at UW-Madison in the 1970s, and her long career as a preschool teacher ...
  • Oral History Interview, Margaret Crowell (1245) 

    Crowell, Margaret (2010-06-14)
    In her 2010 interviews, Margaret Crowell recounts more than 30 years of traveling throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She details trips to China, Japan, Australia, Russia, Italy, and more. Crowell also shares ...
  • Oral History Interview, Donald Lamb (1345) 

    Lamb, Donald (2013-07-03)
    In his 2013 interview with Scott Seyforth, Donald Lamb speaks about being gay at the UW-Madison and how LGBTQ attitudes changed over decades. Lamb discusses the time period from the 1950s through 2013. This interview was ...
  • Oral History Interview, Cheryl Jean Thiemer (1249) 

    Thiemer, Cheryl Jean (2010-05-18)
    In Cheryl's interviews in May and June of 2010, she describes her life as a child, growing up, and looks back as an adult. One topic was how 4-H gave her the chance to travel including spending time with host families in ...
  • Oral History Interview, Anna Harden (1246) 

    Harden, Anna (2010-05-18)
    In her oral history interviews, Anna talks about her childhood leading up to her raising her own grandchildren. A common theme that she discusses is how the times change, people change: from disciplining children to what ...
  • Oral History Interview, Vera Jean King (1053) 

    King, Vera Jean (2009-07-11)
    In her two July 2009 interviews with Linda Lenske, Vij King offers reflections on her life, work, and the development of the lesbian community in Madison WI from the 1960s to the 2000s. She details growing up and making ...

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