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Archival Collections at City Records

City Records is one of three designated archival repositories for the City of Milwaukee (along with the Municipal Research Library and the Milwaukee Public Library). Records maintained permanently as part of the CRC archives function are typically either confidential, are born-digital and preserved on E-Vault, or have long-term/ongoing administrative value to the creating department. Although many of these records are not open for public examination under various provisions of Wisconsin Law, others may be of interest to researchers and members of the public, including:

  • Common Council Files, 1846-Present
    • Legislative Files, 1846-Present
    • Common Council Proceedings, 1846-1999
    • Committee Hearing Transcripts, 2019-Present
    • Engrossed Ordinances, 1846-1955
    • Standing Committee Meeting Minutes, 1927-1988
  • Department of Neighborhood Services, 1890-2019
    • Building Plans, 1890-Present [RESTRICTED]
    • Completed Permits, 1890-2016
    • Correspondence Files, 2011-2017 [RESTRICTED]
  • Office of the City Treasurer, 1846-2018
    • Administrative Correspondence, 2012-2015 [RESTRICTED]
    • Tax Rolls, City of Milwaukee, 1846-2018
    • Tax Rolls, Town of Granville, 1848-1956
    • Tax Rolls, Town of Lake, 1868-1954
    • Tax Rolls, Town of Wauwatosa, 1888-1956 
  • Historic Maps, Plats, and Atlases, 1887-1941
  • Historic Preservation Commission
    • Surveys and Photographs, 1908-2010
    • Meeting Files, 1982-2010
    • Intensive Surveys, 1979-2010
  • Real Estate Ownership Files, 1846-1988
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
    • Appeals Cases and Decisions, 1916-2019
    • Annotated Meeting Minutes, 1992-1997
  • Housing Authority
    • Journal Of Proceedings, 1947-2019
  • Redevelopment Authority
    • Meeting Minutes and Summaries, 1987-1993
    • Resolutions, 1958-1997
    • Journal of Proceedings, 2000-2007
  • Office of the City Assessor
    • Tax Assessors Plat Books, 1896-1989
    • Board of Review Minutes, 1900-2013
  • Port Milwaukee
    • Correspondence Files (Various), 1910-1990
    • Contract Folders, 1931-1985
  • Office of the City Attorney
    • Docket Books, 1858-1997
    • Monumental Legal Case Files and Legal Services, 1979-2017 
    • Condemnation and Vacation Files, 1907-1984
    • Legal Opinions, 1870-1991
  • Office of the Comptroller
    • Subject Files, 1940-1995
    • Cable TV Franchise Records, 1981-1997
    • Apportionments of Assets and Liabilities for Annexations, 1950-1964
    • Public Debt Commission
      • Meeting Minutes, 1897-1985
      • Legal Records of City Property, 1846-1990
  • Department of City Development
    • Zoning and Annexation Indices and Data, 1846-1969
    • Land Use Quarter Sections, 1922-1974
    • City Plan Commission Correspondence, 1924-1970
  • Department of Employee Relations
    • Job Evaluation Studies, 1946-1972
    • Interest Arbitration Documentation, 1963-2009
    • Collective Bargaining Files, 1959-2006
  • Department of Administration
    • Director's Files, 1992-2016
    • Capital Improvement Project Cost Records, 1943-1989
    • Central Board of Purchasing Minutes, 1917-2002
  • Budget and Management Division
    • Requested and Proposed Budgets, 1997-2019
    • Study Files, 1949-2001
    • Correspondence Files, 1987-2000
  • Election Commission
    • Poll Lists, 1888-2000
    • Inactive Registration Cards, 1912-1995
  • Office of the Mayor
    • News Releases, 1960-1986
    • Editorial Clippings, 1960-1988
    • Scrapbooks, 1960-1987
    • Speeches, 1960-1988
  • Department of Public Works
    • Historic Photographs, 1952-1987
    • Contract Registers, 1888-1978
    • Correspondence Files, 1983-2015
    • Street and Alley Docket, 1869-1947
    • WPA Contribution Files, 1933-1944
    • Engineer Certificates, 1911-1990
    • Assessment Plans--Sewer and Water, 1961-1967
    • Board of Assessment Minutes, 1933-1981
    • Special Assessment Files, 1869-1957
    • As-Built Project Drawings, 1977-1993
    • Traffic Counts and Checks, 1944-1976
    • Highway and Road Records, 1842-1917
    • Playground Photo Negatives, 1920-1939
    • Infrastructure Division
      • City Engineer Correspondence, 1897-2011
      • Sewer Contract Files, 1922-2002
      • Street Design Plans, 1920-1984
      • Special Projects Files, 1907-2005
      • Land Acquisition and Vacations, 1900-2008
      • House Number Atlases, 1900-1985
      • Quarter Sections (Obsolete), 1900-1991
      • Milwaukee County Plats and Index, 1935-1941

A full list of archival collections open for research is available on request. Limited catalog entries for major collections are linked above and will be added as completed; finding aids for these collections are coming soon. Until then, to expedite review of records for release please notify City Records in advance of coming in to the Municipal Research Center.

Depending on the state of the collection and the type and scope of request, CRC staff may be able to conduct remote research in the event you cannot make it to City Records in person. A research fee may be incurred, depending on the complexity of the request.

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