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Historic Photo Archives

Historic Photo Archives

The Historic Photo Archives consist of dozens of collections of photographs, negatives, and slides, primarily of people and places from Milwaukee’s past.


Historic Photo Collection

The Historic Photo Collection (MHP-6) is the largest collection within MPL's Historic Photo Archives. It contains tens of thousands of photographs of Milwaukee, ranging in date from the late 19th century through the latter part of the 20th century.

Historic Photo Collection Index
The online Historic Photo Collection Index, linked above, is list of headings and sub-headings into which these photos have been organized. A more detailed index is available in print format at the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room reference desk.

Milwaukee Historic Photos (digital collection)
This digital collection contains digitized images of a growing number of photographs from the Historic Photo Collection.

Other Historic Photo Archives Collections

Historic Photo Archives Collections - Alphabetical List [pdf]

Browse by collection type:

Albums        Negatives        Photographs        Slides        Other Formats

Using the Collections

To learn more about these collections, please visit the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at Central Library or call 414-286-3061.

Except as otherwise noted in the collection descriptions, Historic Photo Archives materials are available to be viewed upon request in the Humanities Room. Annual completion of a Special Collections Use form is required and will be kept on file in the department.