A collection of historical documents or records created or recieved by a person, family, or organization. An archives can also refer to the repository in which the collections of records are held.
A place where things can be stored and maintained; a storehouse. Sometimes used in the phrase "manuscript repository" to indicate a special type of archives.
For the most success, we suggest that you decide on a general research topic before you visit us. Or, if you are working on a class assignment, make sure you understand your assignment.
In general, the more research you do in secondary (e.g. books, documentaries) and tertiary (e.g. encyclopedias) sources, and the more familiar you are with the period or topic you are studying, the more productive you will be in the Archives.
Each time you visit, give yourself enough time. Using archival material usually takes more than 30 minutes, and sometimes hours or days, so we recommend that you allot an hour or two for your first visit.
To familiarize yourself with the archives, watch our tutorial "Visit the UWM Archives."
Search the 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 brings 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.
Milwaukee Indian Education Committee Records
Title: Milwaukee Indian Education Committee Records
Creator: Milwaukee Indian Education Committee
Call Number: UWM Mss 245
Abstract: Records of organization which promotes educational achievement among Milwaukee-area American Indians.
Records of Mayor Henry W. Maier Administration
Title: Records of Mayor Henry W. Maier Administration, Milwaukee, WI
Creator: Milwaukee (Wis.) Mayor
Call Number: Milw Sr 44
Abstract: The official records of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mayor Henry W. Maier's administration, including audio tapes, correspondence, memorabilia, memoranda, reports, and speeches.
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.
Milwaukee Turners Records
Title: Milwaukee Turners Records
Creator: Milwaukee Turners
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss BM
Abstract: Records of a social and political organization founded as the Socialer Turnverein by German immigrants.
Milwaukee Mexican-Americans Interviews
Title: Arnoldo Sevilla: Milwaukee Mexican-Americans Interviews
Creator: Sevilla, Arnoldo
Call Number: Tape 829A; Tape 852A-Tape 861A
Abstract: Interviews with eleven people on the history of Mexican-Americans in Milwaukee. In Spanish and English.
Gay Peoples Union (GPU) Records
Title: Gay Peoples Union Records
Creator: Gay Peoples Union (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Call Number: UWM Mss 240
Abstract: Records of the GPU, the first gay rights organization in Milwaukee and one of the first in the state.
Lizzie Black Kander Papers
Title: Lizzie Black Kander Papers
Creator: Kander, Simon, Mrs.
Call Number: Milw Mss DN
Abstract: Regarding social work among Russian Jewish immigrants in Milwaukee. She earned the sobriquet “the Jane Addams of Milwaukee.”
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.
NOW (Milwaukee Chapter) Records
Title: National Organization for Women. Milwaukee Chapter: Records
Creator: National Organization for Women. Milwaukee Chapter (Wis.)
Call Number: Milw Mss 176
Abstract: Records concentrating on such issues as abortion and the ERA.
City Club of Milwaukee
Title: City Club of Milwaukee Records
Creator: City Club of Milwaukee
Call Number: Milw Mss AS
Abstract: Records of the City Club of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), a civic organization formed to study and promote better social, civic, and economic conditions.