In the Archives Dept., we have collections which are rich in primary sources for your research of local African American 20th century history. Topical strengths of our collections include political, civic, and cultural organizations; businesses; education and Milwaukee public school de/segregation; and the fair housing movement.
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For civil rights activities of the 1960's, see the "African American Civil Rights movement" guide. For community organizations in historically black-populated neighborhoods, see the "Community Organizations" guide..
Following is a list of pertinent resources. We have many other collections on the general topic, which you may explore by using the search strategies described elsewhere in this guide, or by asking an archivist.
Search@UW: Keyword search for archival holdings at UWM (see Search@UW tab below for details)
Search Finding Aids: Keyword search for archives collections with finding aids - which include content lists and background information. NOTE: not all collections have a finding aid, so don't discount Search@UW!
Suggested Collections: Primary sources related to local African American 20th century history to get you started. Collection names link to the finding aids when available - March of Milwaukee is a full, open-source database of digital materials!
Search the UW system library catalog to locate archival and manuscript collections that will contain primary sources. You can search by keyword/s in the box provided below. This search box pulls up results from the UWM Archives Department, the UWM Special Collections, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Note that these results will include catalog records for books that we hold here in the Archives, but most of the results will describe archival or manuscript collections, which include documents, reports, photographs, et al.
Here are three examples of simple keyword searches. Note that the boolean operator and is not necessary between keywords.
1. World War I Milwaukee
2. Communism Wisconsin
3. Civil Rights African Americans Milwaukee
If your search doesn't produce relevant results, try again with different keywords, or contact us for help.
A general search hint: when reading any catalog record, follow the links found at "Subjects" to locate other material in the UWM Libraries on that same subject.
Use Archivegrid to find archives and collections in your geographic area.