Archives & Special Collections

Mount Mary University’s Archives and Special Collections Department preserves the university’s history by collecting and organizing materials pertaining to the university and making those materials available for research and reference.

Collection Highlights

Mount Mary has more than 164.5 cubic feet of archival records dating back to the late nineteenth century.

  • Academic bulletins and student handbooks
  • Alumnae publications and directories
  • Faculty and other governance committee meeting minutes
  • Permanent records from the university’s academic departments and administrative offices
  • Photographs, slides, audiotapes, videotapes and film of university activities
  • Rare books and documents
  • Student and club scrapbooks
  • Student publications such as yearbooks (also available digitally), newspapers and literary magazines
  • Student Master's theses and Senior Projects

Mount Mary University Digital Collections

Mount Mary Archives' digital presence is growing, aiming to document and make accessible a wide variety of its rich history for all researchers.

Click here to browse 

  • New highlights include Harper Lee at Mount Mary and Student Life in the 1950s.
  • Hubert de Givenchy garments from the Fashion Archive, funded by the Stella Jones Foundation.
  • A wider selection of Fashion Archive garments, currently funded by a major grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Access, Services & Policies

  • Collections are available to Mount Mary students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and the general public.
  • Research requests are accepted via email, phone and mail. Access is by appointment only.
  • Photocopying or scanning may be requested for items that are not fragile, exceptionally valuable or too large. Special charges may apply. 

Location, Hours, & Contact Information

The Archives and Special Collections Department is located in the lower level of Haggerty Library and is normally open two days per week, August through June.

However, the Archives is currently unstaffed, but we will do our best to accommodate appointments.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact Library Director, Dan Vinson: 
(414) 930-3494

Archives and Special Collections
Mount Mary University
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597 

Yearbooks of Yesterday

Mount Mary College yearbook archives are online!

As part of the 2013 Centennial Celebration, Mount Mary University launched an online collection of archived yearbooks, covering the years 1930-1995. Funded by the Mount Mary Alumnae Association, this collection is sure to make you smile! View the collection now.

Mount Mary also contributes to, the state-wide collaborative effort to share Wisconsin's story online. Our digital yearbooks also appear there! 


Statement on Offensive Content in Mount Mary Yearbooks

Historical material, such as our Digital Yearbooks Collection, may contain images and language that illustrate deplorable attitudes toward Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LBGTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, or people from other marginalized communities or groups. These images and language are offensive and may be traumatizing. Such content does not represent Mount Mary’s core values of compassion, community, competence and commitment.

Unfortunately, we cannot change the University’s history and believe in the importance of facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information. Digitization has increased access and discovery of our collections and our history, and we will not hide anything in our digital collections. They enable all of us to engage in more truthful conversations about our history and antiracism today. Mount Mary is committed to creating an equitable and just community for all who grace our campus and view these collections.

Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mount Mary University.

Mount Mary students can contact the Counseling and Wellness Center to discuss their feelings about this content, or anything else.

This statement was drafted by members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the President's Council.