College Archives

The Archives, located in Lane Library on the Ripon College campus, is open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday during the academic year and from 8am-4pm during the summer.


Scope of Collection
The archives is dedicated to preserving the history of Ripon College from its inception to the present. It contains records, yearbooks, college newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, letters and other types of materials and publications related to college history of enduring value.

Definition & Use of Materials
Archival material includes any historic record or document of or pertaining to Ripon College adjudged worthy of permanent preservation for reference and research. Materials available in the Archives are subject to copyright law with respect to photo duplication and publication. Researchers are asked to respect the material by handling it correctly and carefully, using only pencil while researching, and not having food or drink nearby while working on documents. Because many archival materials are fragile and are damaged by photocopying, users should assume that they will not be allowed to duplicate items and plan accordingly.

Staffing & Support
The Archives may be reached via email at or by phone at (920) 748-8752. Like the Library, the Archives provides primary support to currently enrolled students, current faculty, administrators and staff. In addition the Archives supports Ripon College alumni, former faculty and staff, and others to the extent possible.

Location and Access
The Archives is located in Room 412, on the fourth floor of Lane Library. The Ripon College Archives is open from 7:30 am-4:30pm Monday-Friday during the school year and 8am-4pm during the summer. Call and make your appointment to visit the Archives (920) 748-8752. All materials in the collection must be used in the archives department.

The Ripon College Archives charges for research services. There is a $10.00 fee for up to 2 hours of staff research time. This fee is waived for alumni. Under normal circumstances the cost of shipping and handling is covered by the $10.00 research fee. However, the Ripon College Archives reserves the right to charge additional postage for larger shipments. Fees for scanning photographs: $5.00 per scan, per item (under 10 scans) $2.50 per scan, per item (for each item over 10 scans) Pricing for over 50 scans handled on a case by case basis $8.00 per black and white print on photo paper $10.00 per color print on photo paper

Collection Guides

The archives consist of the following resources related to:

  • Pictorial Resources Photo File; Portrait File; Oversize Photographs; Postcard Collection; Negatives; Slides; Video; Film
  • Audio Resources Phonograph Records; Audio Tapes; Oral History Audio Tapes
  • Personnel Files Former Faculty and Staff; Former Trustees; Alumni File; Registrar’s Records for some students
  • Publications Student publications such as College Days and Crimsons
  • Catalogs and Directories Ripon College Catalogs and Directories (Faculty, Staff, Student, and Alumni, and Campus phone directories)
  • Events and Public Relations College Relations press releases; calendar of events; program file
  • Departmental Files Historical papers of academic departments
  • Books Reference Book Collection (History of Ripon College, etc.); Archival Management Book Collection
  • Committee Reports Faculty, Trustees/Faculty Committees; Minutes of the Board of Trustees

View the full Collection Guide below:
Ripon College Archives Collection Guide (pdf)

Other Resources

Links to other Resources

Ripon Public Library
120 Jefferson St.
Ripon, WI 54971

The public library has a local history collection which includes city and county publications, city directories, plat books and a complete copy of the Pedrick genealogy notebook volumes. In addition, it has the local newspaper (under various titles, now the Ripon Commonwealth Press) on microfilm for reference and copying. (Indexing may be incomplete.) Files of local organizations are stored at the Library. The staff may be able to guide you to other local library collections which may be helpful on local history, such as the Oshkosh Public Library local history files.

Ripon Historical Society
508 Watson St.
Ripon,WI 54971
Phone: 748-5354

The local historical society houses the most extensive collection of memorabilia, artifacts and historical resources on the city of Ripon. The Society, relying on dedicated volunteers, is open by appointment for tours and reference and also has frequent open houses and special events and displays.

There is also an Historical Society in nearby Green Lake. The Dartford Historical  Society at: 501 Mill St., Green Lake, WI, 54941 Phone: 920-294-6194. Both Green Lake and Ripon  have had book-length histories published, which should be available through the public libraries.

Chamber of Commerce of Ripon,WI
301 1/2 Watson St.
Ripon, WI 54971

The Chamber is an excellent source for both current and historical information on Ripon, including brochures, information about touring the Little White Schoolhouse, where the Republican Party was formed. The Chamber has been active in promoting awareness of the city's historical background and in using College and city history in current events such as Riponfest. Ripon has a official historical districts in its downtown area and on the college campus.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison,WI

This collection is an invaluable research resource for local and state history and a good source of photographs on subjects such as Ripon, Wisconsin Phalanx/Ceresco. The student newspaper of Ripon College, longest published paper of that type, is on microfilm at the State Historical Society, along with microfilm records of the Wisconsin Phalanx and much of the content of the Pedrick Collection. In addition, the State Historical Society covers many other topics.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Phone: 800-947-4766
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