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City Archives

This list provides an overview by city department of the holdings of the City of Milwaukee Archives at MPL.

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This list provides an overview by city department of the holdings of the City of Milwaukee Archives at Milwaukee Public Library’s Humanities and Archives Department within Central Library. These holdings, documenting the City of Milwaukee’s growth and development during the period 1840-2002, are incomplete. (For instance, the records of Mayor Henry Maier were transferred to the Golda Meir Library at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.)

The City of Milwaukee Archives contain a variety of materials, including departmental annual reports, consultant reports, and unpublished, one-of-a-kind items such as correspondence files, plat maps, tax records, department journals and ledgers, audio-cassette recordings of board and committee meetings and video cassettes. These holdings are in differing stages of organization and preparation, hence accessibility varies.

More detailed finding aids for many of the collections listed here may be consulted in paper form in the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at the Central Library. The public may view City of Milwaukee Archives materials by appointment in the Archives Reading Room of the Central Library. For an appointment or additional information please contact the Humanities and Archives Department at 414 286-3061.