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About The Project

The March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project supports understanding of the struggle for racial equality by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society. The digital collection includes the selected papers of individuals representing a variety of positions on the civil rights issue, photographs, unedited footage from the WTMJ-TV news film archives, and oral history interviews capturing the recollections and perspectives of individuals who participated in the movement. The collection also includes contextual materials, such as brief explanations of relevant people, places, events, and organizations; a timeline; a bibliography of relevant published sources; and maps highlighting important locations.

The materials reproduced in this digital collection are only a selection of the primary sources documenting Milwaukee's civil rights history held by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Researchers should not assume a one-to-one correspondence between digital folders and their counterparts in physical collections.

Project staff selected the primary sources included in this collection for their completeness, legibility, and historical importance. To the best of our knowledge, we included only materials for which we hold copyright, for which we have secured the permission of other copyright holders, or that we have identified as copyright orphaned works. We welcome additional information concerning the copyright status of sources reproduced in this collection.

Team Members

Jasmine Alinder
Associate Professor, History Department
Trevor Berman
Undergraduate student, History Department
Dale Bryant
Graduate student, School of Information Studies
Michael Doylen
Department Head, UWM Libraries Archives
Ellen Engseth
Archivist, UWM Libraries Archives
Nick Kane
Graduate student, School of Information Studies
Christel Maass
Archivist, UWM Libraries Archives
Krystyna Matusiak
Digital Librarian, UWM Libraries Digitization
Ling Meng
Digital Imaging Specialist, UWM Libraries Digitization
Erica Metcalfe
Graduate student, Public History
Jessica Neal
Graduate student, School of Information Studies
Keia Wegner
Graduate student, Public History
Lucas Wolff
Undergraduate student, History Department
Adrian Zink
Graduate student, Public History


Financial support for the project was generously provided by:

Arts @ Large
Friends of the Golda Meir Library
Milwaukee Public Library
The Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation
UWM Cultures and Communities Program
UWM History Department and Public History Program
UWM Office of Undergraduate Research
Wisconsin Academy for the Study of American History
Wisconsin Historical Society

Many of the primary sources reproduced in this digital collection are the property of the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) placed on deposit at the Milwaukee Area Research Center of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. We are grateful to the WHS for extending permission to include those sources.

Awards & Media Coverage


Recipient of the 2011 Governor's Award for Archival Achievement, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Historical Society. This annual award recognizes outstanding work in historical records preservation and access in Wisconsin.

Recipient of the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) 2011 Award of Merit, which recognizes standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.

Recipient of the Society of American Archivists' (SAA) 2011 Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to increase public awareness of archival documents for educational, instructional, or other purposes.

Media Coverage

Recollection Wisconsin blog, "Milwaukee's struggle for civil rights," Feburary 18, 2013

Jasmine Alinder, Teaching History: National History Education Clearinghouse, Turning Students into Historians, January 29, 2013

Third Coast Digest, On board the Freedom EXPRESSions Bus Tour, January 2, 2013

Milwaukee Public Library Reader, March On Milwaukee Digital Collection, February 2011, vol. 69(2), front cover

MAC Newsletter, News From the Midwest, January 2011, p.15

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, UWM Exhibit Honors Freedom Riders, January 26, 2011

Friends of the Golda Meir Newsletter, Fall 2010, p.3

SWAG Newsletter, Winter 2011, p.2

WHS Columns newsletter, January/February 2011, Vol. 32(1). Featured on front and back covers; article on page 10

Center for 21st Century Studies newsletter, Fall 2010, p.7

UWM Today, Fall 2010 issue, Vol. 12(2), Milwaukee Civil Rights Website Launched, p.4

UWM Report, Sept. issue, Milwaukee Civil Rights Website Launch, pg.22

UWM Libraries Newsletter, Milwaukee Civil Rights Digital Site Launch, pg.2

Milwaukee Magazine News Buzz, Milwaukee's Civil Rights Struggle, Sept 15, 2010

UWM Home Page Sept 15, 2010

Lake Effect WUWM interview with Michael Doylen and Jasmine Alinder, aired on September 14, 2010

Article in Bay View Compass, UWM's digital library of Civil Rights in Milwaukee launches Sept. 16, Sept 7, 2010

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