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This guide provides information on using the Archives Department for your research on the local black civil rights movement. It outlines the strengths of our collections, recommends a few sources, and offers tips on effective searching.
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Search the library catalog to locate archival and manuscript collections which pertain to civil rights in Milwaukee. In the box below, search by keyword/s. This search box is already limited to the Archives Department's holdings. Note that these results will include some books that are available in the Archives, but most of the results will describe archival or manuscript collections.

Here are three examples of simple keyword searches. Note that the boolean operator and is not necessary between keywords.

1. civil rights African Americans Milwaukee

2. African Americans Wisconsin

3. segregation

        Find: in keywords

        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.

        Watch an introductory video on conducting searches at Search for and locate materials at UWM Libraries' Archives.

        Recommendations for Civil Rights Topics

        In the Archives Dept., we have a significant amount of primary sources for your study of local civil rights. Topical strengths of our collections include the history of school de/segregation, the fair housing movement (especially the marches and disturbances of 1967) and community and civic response to these struggles.

        A list of pertinent collections follows. 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.

        • James Groppi Papers
          Title: James Groppi Papers
          Creator: Groppi, James, 1930-1985
          Call Number: Milwaukee Mss EX
          Abstract: Father Groppi's Papers are rich for community reaction to his civil rights activism but of limited use as a biographical resource.
        • Milwaukee Journal Stations Records (a.k.a. the WTMJ-TV News Film Archives)
          Title: Milwaukee Journal Stations Records
          Creator: Milwaukee Journal Stations
          Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 203
          Abstract: Local news footage and special reports, dating from 1950 to 1980, capturing civil rights activities of the 1960's.
        • Records of the Henry W. Maier Administration
          Title: Milwaukee (Wis.). Mayor: Records of the Henry W. Maier Administration
          Creator: Maier, Henry W., 1918-
          Call Number: Milwaukee Series 44; Tape 1235A
          Abstract: The official records of the Maier administration. See subject files.
        • Milwaukee United School Integration Committee Records
          Title: Milwaukee United School Integration Committee Records
          Creator: Milwaukee United School Integration Committee
          Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 5
          Abstract: Records of an organization that worked to end school segregation.
        • The March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project
          Visit the digital collection which brings together a small selection of sources from the Archives, and presents them online.

        Search Finding Aids

        We write finding aids, or guides, for most of our collections. These guides explain the creator, contents and dates of the collection. This information is important to you when deciding if something is useful to your research. A finding aid also provides the information you will need to request and use a collection when you visit the Archives Dept.
        All of our finding aids are included in Archival Resources in Wisconsin, a database of over 4,000 finding aids of collections held in seventeen repositories statewide. The database is located on the web at http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WIArchives.

        Search in finding aids for material located here at UWM by using the search boxes below. Be sure to select an operator (and, or or not) as appropriate, and then click on "Search." Then explore the links in the grey band that appears with each result. Note: this search is limited to our holdings at the Archives Department, UWM Libraries, which is also known as the Milwaukee Area Research Center.

        Watch our video about searching in and understanding finding aids at What is a finding aid and how does it help me?

            

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