The Archives, located in Lane Library on the Ripon College campus, is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer.
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. Email [email protected] or call (920) 748-8752 to make an appointment before visiting the Archives. 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.
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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.
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, Wisconsin
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.
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.