Marquette University History Online

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.”

Members of the Students' Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) Battalion Company C pose for a group photo, probably on the day of their decommissioning, December 18, 1918. Marquette University Archives.

In March 2014, the University Archives scanned its 10,000 image — a panoramic portrait of Company C of the First Battalion of the Marquette Student Army Training Corps, most likely just before they were demobilized following the close of World War I. The original print is more than three feet long; only a portion is shown here. Marquette University Archives.

Class of 1915, St. Joseph's Hospital Training Program. Marquette University Archives.

Class of 1915, St. Joseph’s Hospital Training Program. Marquette University Archives.

The Marquette men's basketball team won the NCAA championship in 1977. Students celebrated in the streets after the win. Marquette University Archives.

When the Marquette men’s basketball team won the NCAA championship in 1977, students took to the streets to celebrate. Marquette University Archives.

First Warrior, 1985. Marquette University Archives.

Many different mascots have represented Marquette’s sports teams over the years. In the 1980s, the controversial “Willie Wampum,” a Native American caricature with a paper mache head, was replaced with “First Warrior,” a Native student in costume intended to represent all Wisconsin tribes. Marquette University Archives.


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