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Historic Photo Negatives

These historic photo negatives by appointment only in the Frank P. Zeidler Room of the Central Library. All materials are requested and appointments are scheduled here. Same day access cannot be guaranteed. All research questions should be addressed via e-mail to  and will be answered in the order received.

Return to main Historic Photo Archives page.

August Riemenschneider Negatives Collection, circa 1911 (MHPC-26)
finding aid
Glass plate negatives depicting images of the Milwaukee Fire Department
in the early 1900s, including the District Chiefs and their employees.

Edwin Wilson Streetcar & Locomotive Collection, 1923-1965 (MHPC-19)
finding aid
This collection is comprised of 1,346 black and white negatives mostly of streetcars and interurbans, though some locomotives are included with the negatives. Also included are 356 black and white photographs of locomotives. The rail and streetcar lines covered are mostly The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transport Co. (TMER&T), the Chicago & Northwestern (C&NW) and the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee (CNS&M) and other railroads from the continental United States.

Farber Collection (MHPC-25)
No finding aid or index available

Historic Negative Collection (MHP-51)
Finding aid available at the Humanities Desk (print only)

Wehle Collection (MHP-24)
No finding aid available

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