US Long-Term Ecological Research Network

The CFL Document Archive is in Steenbock Library (UW Archives & Records Management), 550 Babcock Dr., University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Archive contains:

  • documentation of the history of limnology in Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the late 1800s to the present.
  • materials on the limnologists from Edward. A. Birge and Chancey Juday, to A. D. Hasler, and to John J. Magnuson, James F. Kitchell, and present faculty and staff.
  • materials and data from graduate students over the years.
  • major research programs such as the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research Program and Network, the Trophic Cascade, Little Rock Lake Experimental Acidification, and research on Lake Mendota and the Madison Lakes.
  • the formation of the Center for Limnology, and facilities at the Center’s field laboratories on Lake Mendota in Madison and Trout Lake in Northern Wisconsin.
  • additional materials, including (not a comprehensive list):
    • original data.
    • written documentation in correspondence.
    • meeting minutes.
    • project proposals.
    • academic activities by faculty/staff/students.
  • early files of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) that began with C. Juday in Madison.

Archive boxes and the files within them can be searched in the database by terms in box titles and possible files within the archive boxes. Contact the NTL Information Manager, the table to search is archive_box_steenbock in dbmaker.

For example:

Little Rock Lake for Box Title and plankton for File within Box

LTER for Box Title and 1981 for File within Box

Hasler for Box Title and NAS or National Academy of Science for File within Box

winterkill for Box Title and proposal for File within Box

Note: The search terms used are not consistent and one should try several terms to find specific materials.

Additional materials not in the archive boxes about the Limnology at UW-Madison include:

  • photographs.
  • individual person files (like James F. Kitchell).
  • class data on courses such as “Limnology, Conservation of Natural Resources” and “Ecology of Fishes.” These records include enrollment, grade and class distributions.

To access these and other materials that may be relevant to limnology make an inquiry to the Director of UW- Archives and Record Management (phone – 608 262 5629; email –

For information on adding materials to the CFL archives, click on Archive Procedures.

Additional archives can be found on the Center for Limnology web site, for example, limnology publications from Birge and Juday to present faculty and researchers, graduate student theses, and oral histories as well as various videos, audio tapes, and films.

If you need assistance, contact the current Chair of the CFL Archive Committee, indicated in Committee Assignments.

Archive procedures