Archives are collections of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people.
Archives generally also go a step further than just housing historic materials and seek to provide the public with access to those materials. The La Crosse Public Library Archives and the UWL Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center actively provide the public with access to historical materials related to the city of La Crosse, La Crosse County, as well as the counties surrounding La Crosse.
In addition, archives can serve different purposes and be called different names, for example:
In general, these types of institutions can be accessed in a similar manner to an archives, but it's always important to check an institution's website for guidance before planning a visit.
Archival repositories each have their own set of rules to keep in mind before you visit! Always be sure to check with the specific archives you are planning to visit ahead of time for any specific rules, regulations, or restrictions.
General archives visitation rules:
While planning your visit, be sure to read more about the Guidelines for Researchers at the La Crosse Public Library Archives.
The UWL Murphy Library Special Collections and ARC details information for visitors on their About page.
La Crosse Public Library Archives
800 Main Street | La Crosse, WI | 54601
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Murphy Library Special Collections and ARC
1631 Pine Street | La Crosse, WI | 54601