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Historic Photographs


Historic Photographs

The photographic collections in the Historic Photo Archives are viewable upon request in the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room, unless otherwise noted. A special collections application is required to view these materials.

Return to main Historic Photo Archives page.

CETA Arts Program Collections (MHP-3)
Inventory available at Humanities Desk (print only)
From 1977-1981, the City of Milwaukee CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Arts Program hired student photographers from the Milwaukee Center for Photography to take pictures and document Milwaukee. CETA Artists included Susan Armour (1977), Lola Kennedy (1978-1979), and Beth Murray (1979-1981). The Milwaukee Department of City Development gave CETA Arts Program photographs of the Milwaukee Hispanic Community to United Community Center; the remaining photographs were sent to Milwaukee Public Library. CETA Arts Program photographs are viewable by appointment in the Archives Reading Room.

CETA Photographers Artists Program: Spirit of Milwaukee (MHP-4)
Inventory available at the Humanities Desk (print only)
CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Spirit of Milwaukee collection photographs were taken in Milwaukee during our country's bicentennial. CETA Spirit of Milwaukee collection photographs are viewable by appointment in the Archives Reading Room.

Historic Photo Collection (MHP-6)
See the description and links for this collection on the main Historic Photo Archives page.

Historic Portrait Collection (MHP-7)
finding aid          name index
This collection consists of photographs and images of almost 2,000 individuals related to Milwaukee. These individuals include Milwaukee residents of various levels of prominence, as well as photos of famous individuals who visited Milwaukee. The images run the gamut from ordinary citizens to prominent national politicians and celebrities.

Horace A. Seaman Wisconsin Infantry Collection (MHP-16)
finding aid     -     digital collection
The Horace Seaman Wisconsin Infantry collection is made up primarily of photos from Colonel Horace M. Seaman’s service with the Wisconsin National Guard. The majority of the photos come from his service with the 4th Wisconsin Infantry in the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Max L. Heim Collection (MHP-46)
No finding aid available
The collection is a series of photographs taken of the intersection of North Third Street and West State Street in Milwaukee, WI. The photographs were taken on four separate dates: May 11 & 13, 1960 and March 12 & 16, 1961. In most instances, the photographs on the later dates are taken from the same place and angle as the earlier ones.

McLeod Locomotive Collection (MHP-11)
Finding aid available at the Humanities Desk (print only)
The McLeod Photograph Collection consists of locomotives of railroad, industrial, and logging companies. Photographs of the locomotives include steam, diesel, electric, and motor cars. The steam locomotive files are arranged according to the Wyte classification scheme.

Miller Park Crane Collapse (MHP-41)
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This collection contains six photographs documenting the collapse of “Big Blue”, the large crane involved in the construction of Miller Park. The crane collapsed in July of 1999, killing three construction workers.

Milwaukee Hospital (MHP-31)
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Seventeen photos of the Milwaukee Hospital (also known as Passavant Hospital and Lutheran Hospital of Milwaukee) buildings over a century.

MPS Album (MHP-40)
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This collection is a visual inventory of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) buildings  from 1968-1976. During this time, an aerial photograph was taken of each school in the MPS system.

Office of War Information Photographs / WWII (MHP-12)
Subjects and People card file indexes available at the Humanities reference desk
The Office of War Information photos is a collection of official US photographs of WWII.

Perry Collection (MHP-44)
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The collection consists of 83 photographs and their negatives that were taken in the mid 1970s. The photos were taken of an area of the Walker’s Point Neighborhood. The photos were taken predominantly on South 5th Street, with some photos taken on South 4th Street and some on West Florida Street. The photos are a mix of commercial and residential buildings.

Pictorial Record, V.J. Day Celebration at Washington Park, August 12, 1951 (MHP-14)
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From the album’s title page: “A pictorial record of the 1951 VJ Day Celebration at the Washington Park Band Shell, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 12, 1951, sponsored by The Allied Veterans Council, produced by Burmek Theatrical Productions."

Remember When Collection (MHP-15)
finding aid     -     digital collection
The Remember When Collection consists of 2,279 photographs, negatives
and photocopies of the “Remember When” column. The “Remember When” column appeared in the Milwaukee Journal from 1963 to 1994. “Remember When” included a photograph and caption that documented the architecture, fashion, famous visitors, transportation, education, events, and life in Milwaukee's past.

Richard Perrin Collection (MHP-47)
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A collection of 173 black and white photographs of Milwaukee and Milwaukee-area buildings taken by Mr. Perrin and collected in at least eight volumes. The photos included are mainly of residences and churches.

Six Decades of News (MHP-43)
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These are copies of 187 of the 250 photos that appeared in the exhibit Six Decades: the News in Pictures. This collection of photos was exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Center from February 6th through March 21st, 1976. The photos were taken by Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel staff photographers between 1912 and 1975.

Stereoscopic Photographs Collection (MHP-29)
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This collection consists of 499 stereoscopic photographs of national and international people and places. The collection is primarily comprised of popular tourist destinations. Of special interest are images of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin Dells, and Lake Superior.

Viewmaster: Milwaukee and Vicinity (MHP-30)
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A collection of four Viewmaster series of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and Wisconsin stereo images. Also included with the collection is a Viewmaster viewer.

World War I Military Portrait Collection (MHP-21)
finding aid     -     digital collection
The World War I Military Portrait Collection, part of the Historic Photo Archives, forms the basis for MPL's World War I Military Portraits digital collection, which is comprised of more than 32,000 photographs, typewritten volumes, and service records. The items were compiled from collections of the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter and the Milwaukee County Council of Defense. These items contain a wealth of genealogical information and provide a candid look into soldiers’ ideas and perceptions of the First World War.