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Historic Photo Collection

The Historic Photo Collection is the main portion of the Historic Photo Archives, housed in the Humanities Department at the Central Library.

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This collection consists of thousands of photos from Milwaukee’s history, ranging in date from the late 19th century through the latter part of the 20th century. Because of the large numbers of photos, the collection has been divided up into subject headings with sub-headings. The subject headings deal with the overall focus of that part of the collection, and the sub-headings detail the specific contents.

The contents of the sub-headings may be as few as one photograph or as many as a few hundred photos.

The photos may be viewed in the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room of the Central Library; for an appointment or additional information please call 414 286-3061.

The collection is in the process of being digitized; however digitization is a slow process. To see what photos have already been digitized, check the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection.

Digital copies of the photos are available for purchase.