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September 2011Archivists have completed arrangement, description and cataloging of several research collections. Some of these collections have never been studied by researchers, making them excellent resources for original research. There are no access restrictions for any of these collections.



The then-new Daniel W. Hoan Memorial Bridge (ca. 1977)
Hoan Bridge

American Public Works Association--Wisconsin Chapter Records
Records documenting the professional activities of Wisconsin’s municipal engineers, including the organization’s newsletters, yearbooks, annual meeting programs, photographs, and awards programs.

American Society of Civil Engineers--Wisconsin Section Records
A valuable information resource for understanding the development of Wisconsin’s infrastructure. Contains the state section’s annual reports, subject files, committee records, annual awards, newsletters, yearbooks, published histories and photographs.


Entertainment, Music, Sports

Marquette University Athletics


A generous gift from the M Club supported the work of two student employees. Supervised by archivist Michelle Sweetser, John Mau and Blake Johnson processed a backlog of historic records documenting every intercollegiate sport sponsored by the university.



Liborius Semmann Papers

Students and faculty outside the Conservatory of Music
Conservatory of Music

The history of music and the performing arts in Milwaukee is enriched by the papers Liborius Semmann (1873-1963), the Dean of Marquette University’s Conservatory of Music between 1910 and 1930, when the school closed. A national leader in music education, Semmann’s personal papers include speeches, musical scores, publications, ephemera, newsclippings, and correspondence.


Stephen Pouliot Papers


Professional papers of an award-winning television screenwriter, including detailed production materials and scripts about the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Olympic Games, Concert for New York City, and numerous other major television events over the past 35 years. Stephen Pouliot is a 1967 graduate of the College of Journalism, today the J. Willam and Mary Diederich College of Communications.






Toby Roth Papers

Toby Roth

This collection contains the political papers of Republican Toby Roth, a Marquette alumnus (Arts, ’61), who represented Wisconsin’s 8th U.S. Congressional District from 1979 to 1997. The collection contains a wide variety of records, including legislative bill files, voting reports, subject files, press releases, and audio-visual materials. Two areas that are particularly well documented are Roth’s campaign to make English the official language of the United States and his heavily publicized investigation into the death of Airman Recruit Lee Mirecki, an effort which led to significant reforms in U.S. Navy training practices.


Catholic Social Action and Vocation

Mrs. Lillian and Dr.
Arthur G. Falls, 1971
Arthur Falls

Arthur G. Falls Reminiscence

A riveting 800+ page memoir spanning 1901-1943 prepared by a Chicago physician active in civil rights and Catholic social justice organizations, including the Chicago Urban League, Federated Colored Catholics, National Catholic Interracial Federation, The Catholic Worker, and the Congress of Racial Equality. Dr. Falls recounts the 1919 race riots; describes discrimination at Northwestern University Medical School and within the Archdiocese of Chicago; and details efforts by the Chicago Urban League to recognize Jean Point Baptiste De Sable at the Chicago World's Fair of 1933-1934.




National Conference of Diocescan Vocation Directors Records

Extensive records of the professional membership organization offering training and assessment opportunities to national and international diocesan vocation offices. Records include meeting minutes, Executive Directors' subject files, convention proceedings and programs, newsletters, publications, regional activities, and the Committee on Vocations.


Women’s Ordination Conference

Womens Ordination Conference

The Women’s Ordination Conference was founded in 1976 to promote the right of women to pursue ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood, as called for at a national meeting of the same name, held in Detroit, Michigan, on the previous Thanksgiving weekend. WOC has employed a variety of means to advance its cause in the face of the Vatican’s refusal to discuss the issue. These have included liturgical demonstrations, protests at meetings of the U.S. Catholic bishops, a dialogue with members of the Bishops’ Committee on Women in Society and in the Church, a registry of women called to the priesthood, and publication of a bimonthly (later quarterly) newsletter, NewWomen, NewChurch. The collection contains minutes and reports of meetings, newsletters and other publications issued by the Conference, subject and project files, and other records documenting the group's activities.



Council for Opportunity in Education Records

Arnold Mitchem during his tenure as
director of Marquette's EOP
Arnold Mitchem

Records of a non-profit organization seeking to further expand college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities. Includes extensive professional records of Dr. Arnold Mitchem, founder of Marquette's Equal Opportunity Program and current president of the Council for Opportunity in Education; board of directors’ meeting minutes; executive directors’ files; records documenting Congressional committees, appropriations and reauthorization of federal funding for higher education; in addition to news clippings, newsletters, and the records of state and regional affiliates.


Charles Ries Collection

Ries Cover

Published works of a poet and essayist prolific in the small literary press community between 2001 and 2010. Nominated for four Pushcart Prizes, Charles Ries' 400+ narrative poems and short stories have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. Also includes radio interviews and poetry readings by the writer. The Ries Collection is an excellent resource for documenting the small literary press community, since many independent literary journals and poetry zines cease publication after just a few years.



Paul C. Rose Scrapbook


Rose Scrapbook

Scrapbook compiled by Paul C. Rose, a resident of Ponca City, Okla., consisting of 235+ letters from 75 military personnel, written during and immediately after the Second World War, 1943-1946. The scrapbook also contains a 23-page typescript of a diary kept by sergeant Alonzo L. Palmer while interned at Cabanatuan (Philippines) and Niigata-shi (Japan) prison camps, 1943-1945. A large format business ledger made into a scrapbook, the volume contains approximately 400 photographic prints supplied by correspondents, as well as assorted military unit newsletters, magazines and newspaper articles related to the war.


For additional information about these and other materials in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives please telephone (414) 288-7256.