In the Archives Dept., we have a significant amount of primary sources for your study of 19th and 20th-century German-Americans in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Topical strengths of our collections include Socialism, politics, labor issues, businesses including brewing and publishing, and religious or cultural organizations.
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.
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 German-Americans in the Milwaukee area to get you started. Collection names link to the finding aids when available.
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. German Americans Wisconsin
2. German World War
3. German societies
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.