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MPL's Own Archives

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MPL's Own Archives

MPL’s Own Archives contains the history of the Milwaukee Public Library system. Encompassing written records, photographs, and film the collection offers a look back at how the library has served the community of Milwaukee since its founding. This online portion of the collection contains a handful of PSAs, informational videos, and a partial episode of “Library Playhouse.”


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MPL’s Own Archives is a mostly unprocessed collection. However, access to photographic materials may be granted through appointment. Please contact MPLArchives@milwaukee.gov to inquire about availability and schedule an appointment.