Explore the history of local surface transportation (rail and roadways) through many collections in the Archives. Our collection strengths are the development and destruction of city and metro-area road systems, from the vantage points of academics, politicians and residents. Rail is documented through public and private records, as well as in the collections of enthusiasts.
A list of pertinent collections follows below in this box. We have many other collections too, which you may explore by using the search strategies described elsewhere in this guide, or by asking an archivist.
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.