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UWM Archival Records

You can study the history of numerous Milwaukee-area community organizations in the UWM Archives (2d floor, west). Those listed below are citizen-based, activist organizations based on a neighborhood or geographic locale. For other types of community organizations, such as those centered around a social cause (e.g. Hunger Task Force) or a group identity (e.g. Gay Peoples Union), search Search@UW or Ask an Archivist.

  • Avenues West Association Records (Westside of Milwaukee) 
    Title: Avenues West Association Records
    Creator: Avenues West Association
    Call Number: UWM Mss 98
    Abstract: Records of a neighborhood organization established in 1982.
  • Eastside Housing Action Committee (ESHAC) Records (Eastside of Milwaukee) 
    Title: Eastside Housing Action Committee Records
    Creator: Eastside Housing Action Committee
    Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 11
    Abstract: Records of a Milwaukee tenant union organizing committee.
  • Lincoln Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation Records (Southside of Milwaukee) 
    Title: Lincoln Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation Records
    Creator: Lincoln Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation
    Call Number: UWM Mss 95
    Abstract: Records of a non-profit community development corporation, mostly dating from the 1990s.
  • Mid-Town Neighborhood Association Records (near Northside of Milwaukee) 
    Title: Mid-Town Neighborhood Association Records
    Creator: Mid-Town Neighborhood Association
    Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 13
    Abstract: Records of a group of residents and businesspeople interested in rehabilitation and preservation.
  • Sherman Park Community Association Records (Northside of Milwaukee) 
    Title: Sherman Park Community Association Records
    Creator: Sherman Park Community Association
    Call Number: UWM Mss 72
    Abstract: Records of Milwaukee's oldest and largest neighborhood group.
  •   Milwaukee Urban Observatory Records, 1965-1984
    Title: UW-Milwaukee Milwaukee Urban Observatory Records
    Creator: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee Urban Observatory
    Call Number: UWM Archival Collection 73
    Abstract: The Milwaukee Urban Observatory (MUO) was a research center for urban studies. The records contain correspondence, memos, and minutes about the routine operations of the MUO as well as a variety of reports and research publications detailing urban problems and possible solutions. A sampling of topics included in these reports are freeway impact, taxes, elderly housing, property values, the university's impact on the surrounding community, and racial divisions. Also included are copies of the Urban Observer, a publication of the MUO, and extensive correspondence between Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier's office and the MUO.

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