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About the Archives

Archives History

The Beloit College Archives was created in 1920, after the death of Helen Brace Emerson. Ruth Jeffris, a historian from Janesville, Wisconsin, discovered a collection of letters in the Emerson house. Jeffris informed Professor Robert K. Richardson of the documents, and he immediately transported all the papers to his house. Since then, the collection has moved several times. The Archives have also expanded greatly; they are currently located in the lower level of the Colonel Robert H. Morse Library and Richard Black Information Center.


Requests for information should be submitted via phone (608-363-2485) or you can email Archivist Fred Burwell ( While away from our phone we do monitor voicemail throughout the day. Please leave a detailed message and contact information and we will return your call.


Fred Burwell
College Archivist

Michelle Tom
Digital Archivist


  • Monday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm-10:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Archives hours vary during holidays, breaks, and in the summer. To inquire about the Archives hours, please call 608-363-2485 or 608-363-2483.

Col. Robert H. Morse Library Richard Black Information Center
College Archives
731 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5509