Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC319
Accession Number: 08-092
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 319
Creators: University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Office of Student Affairs
Title: Tornado Watch Collection
Dates: 1976-1979 Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box)
Location of Collection: A10/3f
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Reports, correspondence, and clippings related to the near riot occurring after the Tornado Watch party of May, 1976.
Biographical / Historical Note
Tornado Watch was an annual off-campus party sponsored by the Tau Kappa Epsilon Iota Sigma Chapter at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. The 10th Tornado Watch was held on May 8, 1976. After the day-long party, an estimated 3,000 attendees converged on Water Street in Eau Claire created “near-riot conditions.” Revelers threw cans and stones at police cars, damaged local businesses, homes, and cars, and started a bonfire. The event tested town-gown relationships and generated much discussion on campus and in the local press. The fraternity members officially terminated Tornado Watch in February 1977.
This collection includes reports compiled by the City of Eau Claire Police Department (including officers’ reports, accounts of property damage, and letters of citizen support for police actions), clippings from the local press, correspondence among university administrators, fraternity leaders, and local individuals and organizations, and Tau Kappa Epsilon publications.
Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives by the Office of Student Affairs in 1991.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: Tornado Watch Collection, 1976-1979. UHC319. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Colleen McFarland in June 2008.
Arrangement: Flat arrangement
Corporate Names: University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire – Students
Subject Terms: Riots – Wisconsin – Eau Claire