Primary Resources in the Viterbo Archives

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Viterbo's Archives preserves university materials of historical value and serves as an educational resource for scholarly and administrative research. The Archives is located in room 132 of the library. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome to visit. We've also recently upgraded our digital collections with a new look and improved navigation.

The following are examples of topics people have researched in the archives:


· How the nursing department formed
· School photos for a theatre set design
· How Viterbo was founded, who we've formed partnerships with in the community, and how we have sustained ourselves over time
· Art on campus · Reading Lumens, which date back to 1954 · Searching for scholarship in the Viterbo Research Collection

Faculty and staff:

· 125th anniversary of Viterbo
· 50th anniversary of the nursing department
· Vic V-hawk
· Nursing pins
· 1970s pep band and cheer team
· Viterbo's logo, seals, and school colors
· How to archive webpages
· Updating the Fine Art Center history website
· Bonaventure timeline photos


· Photos and Lumen articles for a 1955 graduate who was nearing the end of her life, and wanted to remember her time at Viterbo
· First married couple to graduate from Viterbo in 1975
· 1947 nurses parade
· Looms that were once used in the art department
· Yearbooks

Community members:

· Video of High Quiz Bowl, a trivia competition between high schools sponsored by Viterbo and WKBT
· Background of one of Viterbo’s founders, Sr. Seraphine Kraus
· Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare history display
· Cuban refugees who came to the La Crosse area in the 1980s
· Viterbo College museum
· Nuclear Freeze campaign of 1982

If you have questions, would like a tour, or would like to discuss ways the archives can help your department, please contact Jason Skoog, Archives and Systems Librarian, at or 608-796-3262.