Manuscript Collections

Manuscript collections include a wide variety of materials including, personal papers, business records, journals, correspondence and photographs from Racine or Kenosha or within a short distance of those communities.

UW-Parkside Manuscript Collections

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside manuscript collections contain personal papers and other documents of individuals and families, as well as, local clubs and businesses from the Southeastern Wisconsin region.

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  • MC 1 Irving Wallace Papers
    Irving Wallace was a bestselling novelist and screenwriter who was born in Chicago and raised in Kenosha, WI.  Collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, and manuscripts and screenplays.

  • MC 2 National College Learning Center Association
    Records of a national association dedicated to supporting and promoting learning centers and learning center personnel in colleges and universities.

  • MC 3 Della Wendt Papers
    Personal papers of Francis Wendt, a judge and former mayor of Racine, and his wife Della Wendt. The collection includes speeches, newspaper articles, and scrapbooks.

  • MC 4 Racine County Home and Community Association
    Records of the Racine County Home and Community Association, which began as a national women's program of the University of Wisconsin Extension supported by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1947.

  • MC 5 American College or Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
    Records of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), an organization of allergists-immunologists and related health care professionals dedicated to quality patient care.

  • MC 6 Racine Labor Paper Pictures
    The Racine Labor Paper was a labor newspaper founded in 1941 and ran for 60 years until January 4, 2001.  The collection includes images of local Racine events, union-related events, and individuals.

  • MC 7 George P. Connolly Papers
    This collection documents the activities of "Kenoshans for Parkside" from the legislation that began the process of placing a University in Southeastern Wisconsin, to site selection, and finally construction.

  • MC 8 Parkside University League
    The Parkside University League existed to promote social relations among its members and to cooperate with the students and staff of UW- Parkside. This collection contains correspondence, publicity, drafts of the constitution, and files pertaining to various public events sponsored by the group.

  • MC 9 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)
    Records of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), an organization of colon and rectal surgeons and physicians dedicated to quality patient care through research and the education.

  • MC 10 David Kherdian Collection
    David Kherdian is a poet and author born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. The papers include poems, promotional materials and newspaper articles.

  • MC 11 John Sullivan Collection
    A former manager of the Racine Airport, John Sullivan spent many years documenting the history of aviation in Racine and Kenosha counties. Collection includes over 400 photographs and numerous biographies of former pilots.

  • MC 12 Daughters of the American Revolution, Kenosha Branch
    The Daughters of the American Revolution  is an organization of women who can trace their ancestry to the American Revolution. Records date back to 1896 and contain materials regarding its founding and membership.

  • MC 13 Vincent F. Ruffolo Collection
    Donated by and named for local amateur American Motors Corporation/Nash Motors historian Vincent F. Ruffolo. This collection contains historical, business and marketing, and technical materials from Nash/AMC.

  • MC 14 Racine Armenian-American 50 Year Club
    The Racine Armenian-American 50 Year Club was organized in 1972 by a group of Racine born Armenians celebrating their 50th birthday. The collection primarily consists of material relating to the reunion.

  • MC 15 Twin Disc, Inc.
    This collection includes business records, newspaper clippings, and service manuals for Twin-Disc, a clutch producing corporation in Racine, Wisconsin. Also included are copies of the company magazine Production Road.

  • MC 16 Business Records Survey
    Survey of records of businesses of Racine and Kenosha. The collection includes inventories taken by employees of UW-Parkside and questionnaires completed by representatives of the company.

  • MC 17 Jeanne Arnold & Barbara Lindquist Records
    The collection consists of an unpublished manuscript on CD entitled Whistling Girls and Crowing Hens by Racine author Jeanne Arnold and one printed copy thereof, tracing her life and the life of her family as early as the 1940's through diary notes, letters, and recollections.

  • MC 18 Carole Gottlieb Vopat Holocaust Survivor Speaker Series
    Video recordings of survivors of the Holocaust of World War II. The speaker series was a part of Holocaust Studies classes taught by Dr. Carole G. Vopat at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.
  • MC 19 Southport Quilters Guild
    The collection consists of meeting minutes, event reports, by-laws, newsletters, photographs, slides, spring banquet materials, workshop flyers, correspondence, directories, a book ordered by the guild, a quilt pattern, and a bell.

Wisconsin Historical Society Manuscripts

The Wisconsin Historical Society manuscript collections contain personal papers and other documents of individuals and families, churches, schools and colleges, associations, clubs, unions, and businesses from Kenosha and Racine counties. Among them are papers of Racine historian Eugene Leach, archives of the College of Racine, records of 15 labor organizations, business records of Albert and Flora Ellinger, records of the Kenosha and Racine Chambers of Commerce, and an impressive collection of political papers from local and state politicians.

logo sans whs wordsSearch the University of Wisconsin Library Catalog for descriptions for Wisconsin Historical Society's manuscript collections, state government records, and local government records. Many of these collections may be temporarily transferred to UW-Parkside for your local use.

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