Over 11,000 photographs illustrating the history of Marquette University in Milwaukee are now available online thanks to the University Archives’ ongoing scan-on-demand program. For the past six years, the Archives has digitized materials in response to research requests from students, faculty, alumni and the general public. Some of the most heavily-requested subjects include athletics, campus buildings and various academic programs that have recently celebrated anniversaries or milestones.
To accompany the project, the Archives launched a portal page to provide a single access point to all digital collections documenting University history. From this page, visitors can search the general image collection alongside specific subject-based collections of campus buildings, service activities and men’s and women’s athletics as well as a complete run of the student yearbook and two out-of-print campus histories.
University Archivist Michelle Sweetser says she’s thrilled to bring these images online and expose them to a wider audience. She writes: “Getting them online means I can also recruit specific alumni demographics to assist in identifying people in the images; I look forward to being able to improve descriptions with time.”