University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archives in a digital age

The iSchool archives and records concentration prepares students to appraise, describe, preserve and provide online and in-person access to historic and rare materials and personal and organizational records across a range of digital and physical formats.

The concentration prepares students to lead in the archival profession, manage change, and develop innovative solutions and processes. In addition, students gain a strong foundation in archival theory and are prepared to produce publishable research.

For a list of recommended courses by concentration, see:  iSchool Course Planning by Concentration and Emphasis


Image Harvey Long

Harvey Long (MA ’16), looks through University of Wisconsin photo albums from the 1870s and 1880s while doing research at University Archives and Records Management Service in Steenbock Library. Long’s research, titled “Filed Under Negro: Documenting Black Students at the University of Wisconsin, 1875-1940,” explores the early history of African-American students on campus. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Access & Professional Involvement

Strong partnerships with the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the UW Center for Film and Theater Research and other upper Midwest archives and museums provide iSchool students access to expert instructors, a rich array of field placements, and experience accessioning, organizing, digitizing and preserving a diverse set of materials.

The UW-Madison iSchool has an active student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. It provides an opportunity for archives-interested students to take their education beyond the classroom and to foster professional involvement.