The Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection represents the start of the process of making historic photos of Milwaukee available to the public online. The photos from this collection are pulled from the Milwaukee Public Library’s historic photograph collection. The entire collection includes over 50,000 photographs of Milwaukee dating from the late 19th century to present day. The current digital collection is only a small fraction of the total available photos, but is growing all the time, so stop back to see what new images become available.
The photos were donated to the library by many different means. Some are family photos from individual donors, others came from various city departments including the Municipal Reference Bureau and the Milwaukee Fire Department, and still others were donated to the library by various businesses and corporations.
If you have questions about the Milwaukee Historic Photos, or would like to view photographs from the collection that are not yet available, please contact the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Department at the Central Library. While materials may not be removed from the Humanities Department, reproductions may be available. Contact Humanities at (414) 286-3061 if you have questions.
A special thanks to Rachel Arndt for her invaluable help with this project.
Copies of the images in this collection may be purchased. Orders must be placed online, using the online order form. The images are delivered in digital format via CD as 300 dpi TIFs. Due to the large size of each of the files, we offer CD-Rom but not e-mail delivery of images. The cost is $10 per image, plus tax for Wisconsin residents (shipping of CD via standard mail is included). You will be billed approximately one month after delivery of your order, and may pay by personal check or money order. Turnaround time is five business days, with rush service available for an extra fee. [Rush charges are 20% of order total from in-state requesters, 50% of order total from out-of-state requesters. Calculated after tax.] To order a photo online you will need the photograph title and Object File Name number.
Important Copyright Information
By providing or allowing reproduction of materials from the collections, the Milwaukee Public Library does NOT grant permission to publish or exhibit. Reproductions are provided for personal research purposes only. They may not be copied or distributed. Written permission to publish must be obtained from copyright or literary rights owner and from the library for any publication or commercial use of copies. The researcher is responsible for compliance with the US Copyright Code (title 12 USC) and privacy rights outlined in Title 45 CFR 46. For information on permission to publish, please contact the Humanities Department at 286-3061.
Price of $10 includes copy, mail or pickup at any desk requested; price is per item.
Please note: Due to the large size of each of the files, we offer CD-Rom but not e-mail delivery of images. Not all Internet service providers permit handling of files this large.
Orders require an accurate Relation Number and CD Location in order to be processed.