About the Archives


The Beloit College Archives were 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 (burwellf@beloit.edu). Please leave a detailed message and contact information and we will return your call or email.

Need help getting started on finding materials in our collections? See our Archives LibGuide.


Fred Burwell
College Archivist

Stacey Erdman
Digital Archivist

Summer Hours

The Archives will have very limited public access this summer due to construction activities in our collections vault. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss summer research projects.

May 16-June 8: By appointment only

June 10-11: Reunion programming

June 13-July 29: Collections unavailable, appointments recommended

Fall Hours

  • 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

Archives hours vary during holidays, breaks, and in the summer.


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